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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Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. Rumi is a gifted child, and her father, Mahesh, believe Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old.
Rumi is a gifted child, and her father, Mahesh, believes that strict discipline is the key to nurturing her genius if the family has any hope of making its mark on its adoptive country.
Four years later, a teenage Rumi is at the center of an intense campaign by her parents to make her the youngest student ever to attend Oxford University, an effort that requires an unrelenting routine of study. Yet Rumi is growing up like any other normal teen: As her father outlines ever more regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots. In the end, the intense expectations of a family with everything to prove will be a combustible ingredient as an intelligent but naive girl is thrust into the adult world before she has time to grow up.
Deftly pondering the complexities and consequences that accompany the best intentions, Gifted explores just how far one person will push another, and how much can be endured, in the name of love. Hardcoverpages. Published September 11th by Random House first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Giftedplease sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Jul 10, Gina rated it really liked it Shelves: Most of us are quite aware of how old we are. Rumi knows how old she is too. However, she knows her age down to the seconds. She is a mathematical genius. Her first day in school, her teacher asks to meet her parents. Her father, an Indian emigree, thoroughly endorses strict discipline for bringing her genius to total fruition. Rumi leads a very goal-oriented life from then on.
Hours upon hours alone at the library, studying before dinner. She cannot leave the room except to use the restroom. Her Most of us are quite aware of how old we are. 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. However, children need more than being force fed curriculum. Although her parents truly believe they are doing the right thing, bringing her natural ability into the forefront, they are also stifling the child within.
This is the debut novel of Nikita Lalwani, and if it is any indication, there will be many more to come. It is well written and you will care about the characters, and feel deeply for the child in the book, along with her well-meaning parents who think they are doing what is right for their child.
Oct 07, Tenli rated it liked it. I found this book uneven, but the raggedness with which the story unfolds is in some ways a perfect mirror for the way that this child’s life gradually goes further and further off course.
I appreciated that none of the deeply flawed main characters was portrayed a villain, and, in particular, how well the author captured Rumi’s growing bafflement and chaotic inner experience. Apr 01, Gumble’s Yard rated it liked it Shelves: Rumi takes her O Level around 12 and then stays off from school around to take her A-Level there seems no mention of other subjects?
Much of the book is set through her childhood and early teenage years including a crush on a fellow chess player and on her cousin in one of two trips back to India — a country which somehow seems to energise her.
At Oxford, staying with a distant relative who acts as her driver and partial chaperone she has a romantic although unconsummated evening with a Muslim year old. He dumps her the next time they meet after having discovered her age, but her parents in turn discover letters she has drafted to him.
A good and interesting book — although not entirely fulfilling or memorable. Jun 29, Emma Kaufmann rated it it was amazing.
Very moving and emotive account of a young Indian girl in the UK who is hothoused to achieve academic greatness while at the same time cracking up under familial pressure while desperately just wanting to fit in with her peers. Nov 16, Ron Charles rated it liked it.
The day before school started this year, my wife received an e-mail from a student enrolled in her English class.
He wanted to know if he could narrow the margins of his summer homework by a quarter of an inch because his answers were running long. Such are the joys of teaching in the overachievement capital of the country. As the well-heeled and the big-brained dive back gifhed schoolwork this month, I wish they and especially their parents would take a break to read this arresting new novel by The day before school started this year, my wife received an e-mail from a student enrolled in her English class.
As the well-heeled and the big-brained dive back into schoolwork this month, I wish they and especially their parents would take a break to read this arresting new novel by Kikita Lalwani. Gifted– the title grows more bitter with each chapter — describes the plight of Rumi, an Indian girl in Cardiff, Wales, whose life is systematically destroyed by the drive for academic success.
To some extent, Gifted reminds me of Josiah Bunting’s All Loves Excellinga melodramatic tale about a girl who works herself to death at a prestigious prep school. But Lalwani, a BBC documentary filmmaker, is a more subtle writer, and she’s working nkkita a much bigger canvas.
Her sensitivity to the pressures felt by Indian immigrants calls to mind the work of such novelists as Zadie Smith and Monica Ali, writers who hear the humor amid the anxiety of integration. What’s particularly interesting in G ifted is the way Lalwani forces her lalwwani to lalwanl with cultural stereotypes. Rumi and her family know only too well how they’re expected to act; the role of ambitious Indian immigrant is both applauded and mocked all around them.
But despite their best efforts to step around these clich? Early in the book, when Rumi is only 5, her teacher insists on visiting her parents at home to announce the exciting news that “Rumi is a gifted mathematician!
I have placed emphasis on lalwwni because it is my area of specialty. And why was she so surprised that he and his daughter could string numbers together with reasonable panache? They were hardly shopkeepers.
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. Driven by his faith in hard work and self-determination, Mahesh could put any local Edline addict to shame. He supervises every aspect of Rumi’s education and regiments her study time with prison-like discipline, alternately insisting and assuming that she shares his goal for her: Like most adolescents, Rumi is more interested in fitting in and preserving “her carefully arranged obscurity.
Her weekends are nikiha to the maximum, the days compartmentalized into breaks and study like the black and white keys on a piano. 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. Torn between pleasing her parents and nurturing her soul, she falls into a series of bizarre tics and self-destructive habits, signs of distress that someone would have noticed if everyone around her wasn’t so impressed by her mathematical prowess.
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Lalwani handles Rumi’s parents with the same insight, which usually keeps them from seeming like villains. Allwani has nothing but his daughter’s best interests in mind, no matter how misguided his method.
And he clearly adores her. One morning he rises early and watches through a crack in the door as she sleeps, “feeling the claustrophobic muffle of a love he could not express. She’s not gotten used to the smugness of her white colleagues, the horrible food, the casual sex. Nikta endures moments of “sudden desolation” in this strange and judgmental place.
As much as she wants to raise Rumi outside the restrictive ideals of her own parents back in India, she’s panicked by the startling immorality of modern culture. Trying to giftee Rumi on the straight and narrow, she even descends to “archaic warnings that had infuriated her when she was growing up.
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Only white people have sex. But Lalwani does a number of things extremely well ni,ita. She won’t let us settle back in comfortable judgment on this family. Mahesh’s behavior seems to confirm the worst slurs about a “money-hungry immigrant, desperate to profit from his daughter’s ability. Jun 21, Chaitra rated it did not like it Shelves: I could hardly stand this book.
It was nominated for the booker prize the longlist forand that’s why I read the thing. I was expecting something completely different from what the book was actually about.
What was it supposed to be? Immigrant mentality whatever that is? A coming of age story? It didn’t satisfactorily resolve anything. 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.
Rumi was well developed, but her character goes from being interesting to a total loser and I’m not sure what kind of redemption was in store for her. She’s supposedly gifted at Math oalwani she enjoys it even. With parents who’ve controlled her to that extent up until then? That doesn’t ring true.
And I got zero insight into the parents’ mind – they learn nothing from their experience.