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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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. Also, the writing alternated between the present and past tense, for gkfted that I could llawani understand. Rumi leads a very goal-oriented life from then on. To ask other readers questions about Giftedplease sign up.
The “gifted” label comes as no surprise to her father, Mahesh, a mathematician himself, while at the same time he feels insulted that anyone would expect anything less. Unfortunately, I rather disagree with this assessment.
But there were scenes that were unnecessarily long and scenes that were too short, scenes with too much description and scenes with so little nnikita I had no idea where Rumi was or what she as doing. 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.
The next generation, however cannot be shielded from an exposure to a new way of life. I realize that my disappointment with the nikitz stems from broken expectations. It’s not something to wait for.
vifted Jun 21, Chaitra rated it did not like it Shelves: The pull of romance is also soon part of Rumi’s equation. Please try again later.
Shreene longs for her native country and feels betrayed and misled by her husband who was vague about their possible return. I have placed emphasis on it because it is my area of specialty. The author did better getting inside the head of the parents of the main character, especially the mother.
She secretly resents her father’s “unbearable scrutiny on her life”, his ability to “descend giftef the Dark Ages at will”, and in desperation calls simply to hear another person’s voice. Education exerts a powerful hold on the immigrant imagination.
Mahesh is determined to distinguish himself and his family in their adoptive country. Who are your favorite authors, and why?
I think they fed each other. Gifred is driven by ambition for his daughter and deludes himself that by immersing her in equations he can preserve her from the temptations of the outside world.
As her father outlines ever more regimented study schedules, her mother longs for India and forcefully reminds Rumi of her roots. The trouble is, her father doesn’t know, or care, what the difference is. Set amid the terraced streets of Cardiff, Lalwani’s novel revitalises familiar subject-matter in second- generation immigrant fiction.
Rumi, daughter of Indian immigrants in s Wales, is a gifted child. As she crams for her college entrance exams—while a freshman in high school—Rumi, unbeknownst to her traditionalist parents, nurses some teenage crushes and accompanying heartaches. Although it clearly demarcated me from the norm, it was something that I saw as quite epic, very exciting, as opposed to an embarrassment. Dec 13, Rachael rated it liked it Shelves: 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.
Was she lalwanj gifted?
Her traditional Indian parents have a very strict study schedule for her to ensure that she fulfills her talent, and they dream of her becoming the youngest age 14 student ever to pass her O levels and then go onto Oxford University. 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 bifted her mathematical prowess.
To the end each character stays very real. At Oxford, lalwqni with a distant relative who acts as gfited driver and partial chaperone she has a romantic although unconsummated evening with a Muslim year old. I could not wait to finish the book. Lalwani has potential but needs to more fully develop her characters.
Jul 09, Strawberry rated it really liked it. Driven by his faith in hard work and self-determination, Mahesh could put any local Edline addict to shame. Stay in Touch Sign up. What ni,ita it supposed to be? Her father, though, says that it’s not a “gift;” it’s simply hard work.
Not a prodigy, one who start publishing astrophysics papers at 12, but a merely “gifted” child who skips high school. She disappeared inblaming her parents for placing too much pressure on her and for “15 years of physical and emotional abuse”, and was eventually found by the police in Bournemouth after a nationwide hunt. Also, I sure wouldn’t hand a year-old a book with nkiita “c” word in it No tiene un agregado.
Preview — Oalwani by Nikita Lalwani. Her weekends are “timetabled to the maximum, the days compartmentalized into breaks and study like the black and white keys on a piano. And the voice of the “unreliable narrator”, who questions herself so deeply, was a good reminder about how children internalize abuse, and assume that every unpleasantness nikitq their own fault.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It was very well written. There are no late realizations about being open to their daughter’s feelings or turning a new leaf and finally being together as a happy family.
Open Preview See a Problem? And why was she so surprised that he and his daughter could string numbers together with reasonable panache? Her Most of us are quite aware of how old we are. As to which came first— was the feeling of otherness because of math or did the math fill the space created through being different by virtue of race?