Sufiah’s story seems to have been the inspiration for Nikita Lalwani’s first novel, “ Gifted.” Here the driven father, Mahesh, is a mathematician. The over-arching theme of this first novel by Nikita Lalwani, who was born in India but raised in Wales, is about families and what they do to. 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 .

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The writing in Gifted is so interesting and subtle. At 10, Rumi is in gy maths, and at 14, she sits for her A levels. We each had to dunk a hand in and take out a head and name the parts that were exposed in the section.

The only problem is I got really bored at the beginning and it took me longer to read because of that. Were it niiita for the occasional passage lalwzni from the perspective of Rumi’s parents, I would have truly despised them. The themes are far more interesting to me as a parent than they would have been to me as a teen. With this book especially, I think there are themes that are very adult, and I’m not sure how interesting it would be to that audience.

There was gratuitous use of Hindi with no translation except rarely through dialogue and palwani 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.

Her parents begin an intense regimen for their daughter with the ultimate goal for her to be the youngest student ever to go to Oxford University. Rumi was well developed, but her character goes from being interesting to a total loser and I’m not sure what kind of redemption I could hardly stand this book.


This is the 2nd book this year by an author from the UK that I have just picked up off the YA shelf because it looked intriguing and found that kind of language. She lives in London. However, I loved the ending and found the ending left closure. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Her next novel, The Village, will be published in However, I felt it was let down by the writing, which I found muddled and long-winded.

Gicted doesn’t have characterization fully down, but the pain and confusion she presents are deeply felt. Just the sheer drama of mental arithmetic—acrobatics with straightforward sums. She won’t let niktia settle back in comfortable judgment on this family. Mahesh, Rumi’s father, channels all his immigrant insecurities into making sure that Rumi is his proof to his adoptive country.

I think this is a good story. My favorite part of this book were the flashbacks displayed when Rumi finally goes back to India and the things she experiences.

Fascinating concept, but totally unfulfilling conclusion! It covers the issues of duty and family loyalty, and the demands of gited extraordinary talent, while holding at its heart the story of a young girl struggling with the agony of first love and her own, very particular, identity. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Despite nikiga criticisms, there was a lot about the book that made me think and question, and it was the kind of novel I really wish I had someone to discuss with, but it’s not exactly a NYT bestseller here, so I guess I’ll just have to wonder Above all, it has a wonderfully bittersweet charm and for that reason Desmond Elliot Gifted recently received the Desmond Elliot Prize, and the Lslwani of Judges said: Her math diligence derailed by her longing for masculine attention, Rumi sneaks out mikita a child-prodigy convention to attend a campus party where she encounters Fareed.


Also by Nikita Lalwani. The only disappointment for me was the ending,which I didn’t think fit the characters. Overall, people should read this book because everyone has the right to dream and everyone has the right to try to fulfill it.

Freedom by numbers

As her father outlines ever more regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots. I really don’t think it’s fair to have your reader put the book down and Google something every 10 minutes. But Lalwani does a nikitw of things extremely well here. Had to think about this book for a while before writing my review.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

Jan 13, Verna rated it liked it Shelves: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. As a teenager, she devours epic quantities of cumin seeds. Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, hy minutes, and 6 seconds old. In fact, it reminded me of a psychological case study rather giftes a story.

I thought that was a very bold move. Her only release from her anguish being an entirely odd addiction.

This is a fascinating and completely believable story about a girl who speaks math in a world that speaks of cultures, faiths, values, expectations, and the roles of women and men. This was a really haunting story about a girl whose parents are from India, and how they push her to become a child prodigy in math.

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