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Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. She’s figured that the likelihood of her walking home from school. Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. She’s figured that the likelihood of her walking home from school with the boy . Gifted is the debut novel by author Nikita Lalwani longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. It was first published in.

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She’s not gotten used to the smugness of her white colleagues, the horrible food, the casual sex. Her first day in school, her teacher asks to meet her parents.

What’s particularly interesting in G ifted is the way Lalwani forces her characters to contend with cultural stereotypes. Please try again later. Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliott would have loved it.

Hours upon hours alone at the library, studying before dinner. Also by Nikita Lalwani. It is refreshing to read about an Asian father who is not an autocratic, woman-hating brute, who takes pride in not belonging to the uneducated hordes who left the villages of Pakistan, “seeping into the dark spaces of Britain Maybe that’s why I’ve always liked Montessori’s philosophy so much.

I read this book quickly but found myself thinly satisfied at the end. My favorite part of this book were the flashbacks displayed when Rumi finally goes back to India and the things she experiences. A label that takes over her life, her thoughts and her family. And I think the relationship dynamic between the husband and wife had such potential for the story but was neglected. They are still shocked and horrified that others including their daughter blame them for what happened and somehow that’s ok.

But certainly not funny. I think India represented an inherited and very romantic idea of a home-space.


Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

He becomes a “Tiger Dad” as he pushes her to nokita admitted to Oxford by the time she is A coming of age novel which also examines cultura The story of a mathematically talented young Indian girl who is growing up in Cardiff, Wales. Set amid the terraced streets of Cardiff, Lalwani’s novel revitalises familiar subject-matter in second- generation immigrant fiction. When it was my turn, I got a very small one, it must have been a child of about age Shreene, Rumi’s mother, resentfully accepts the hous om Publishers Weekly In this penetrating coming-of-age debut from London-based Lalwani, year-old Rumika Vasi struggles to fulfill her mathematical gifts and her family’s demands on them, while also finding friendship and romance.

There were six students in nkkita group and we had a tub of heads in front of us, all sliced in different ways to reveal different constituent parts. Where most of us look at the world and select words to describe it, she looks at patterns and ascribes numbers to it.

Rumi je bila emocionalno zlostavljana. There was gratuitous use of Hindi with no translation except rarely through dialogue and it came to the point where I had to park at a Wikipedia page listing Indian foods so I could figure out what chapatis and numpkins were and that sometimes, her transliterations of these words did not match the internet’s.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. May 16, Samiksha rated it liked it. Trying to keep Rumi on the straight and narrow, she even descends to “archaic warnings that had infuriated her when she was growing up. Sad thoughts of ‘If you loved laldani, you’d let me breathe’ go unvoiced, also nightly. An impressionable child, who is living in two cultures, yet is complete withdrawn from both.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani – Reading Guide – : Books

It is not one of the better works. The ending felt like it had been amputated and a summary had be stapled onto the bleeding stump and honestly, I’m just going to go ahead and pretend that the last few pages never happened. Having always found the “gifted” label laughably imprecise and vaguely eugenic, I was immediately in Mahesh’s camp, but what follows is the story of his disastrous attempt to make Rumi reach her potential.


She is a mathematical genius.

Freedom by numbers

Lalwwani affinity to use maths to even understand and explain herself is endearing. Aug 19, Pages Buy. She taught that we can trust children’s own inner wisdom to guide them through “sensitive periods,” when they’re ready to learn, and our job as adults is simply to provide an enriched environment, and encouragement, so they can unfold at their own speed.

And yet, I liked it. It would have made a fine stage play cum “Masterpiece Theatre” special, but as a breezy giftev novel, lacks substance. But Lalwani, a BBC documentary filmmaker, is a more subtle writer, and she’s working on a much bigger canvas.

Nikita Lalwani

Jun 29, Emma Kaufmann rated it it giifted amazing. But as Rumi grows older, Lalwani strips the comedy away, and “the sodden misery of the whole thing” weighs on the novel more and more. Just as in real life, the generation gap coupled with immigrant sentiments is too strong to just come out of. Her weekends are nikkita to the maximum, the days compartmentalized into breaks and study like the black and white keys on a piano.

The struggle within the families leaves everyone broken and devastated. Refresh and try again. He’s given her problem sets, explained how to concentrate and study, devoted himself to supporting her. If you want an insight into an Indian ‘immigrant’ family’s way of living, this is an enjoyable and frustrating Don’t know whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, so I guess I’ll settle on 3,5.

Rumi experiences freedom there on many levels as a child—freedom from academic rigor and playground politics, but also a sense of place and belonging.