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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Her first day in school, her teacher asks to meet her parents. 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. Her mother’s longings for her to pick up her heritage and become a wife in India was one of the many problems Rumika faces in this book.
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.
Rumi’s life centers around constant studying, to the exclusion of all else, particularly any sort of normal social life or friends. Her only release from her anguish being an entirely odd addiction. She secretly resents her father’s “unbearable scrutiny on her life”, his ability to “descend into the Dark Ages at will”, and in desperation calls simply to hear another person’s voice.
A sorry and sad end as expected. I expected to like this book. Having gone to Oxford to study medicine, how did you come to be a writer? With parents who’ve controlled her to that extent up until then?
The evident struggle of the attempt to bring them back to culture and roots by their families is aptly captured by the author. At Oxford, staying with a distant relative gifyed acts as her driver and partial chaperone she has a romantic although unconsummated evening with a Muslim year old.
However, children need more than being force fed curriculum. To some extent, Gifted reminds me of Josiah Bunting’s All Loves Excellinga melodramatic lzlwani about a girl who works herself to death at a prestigious prep school.
Nikita balances the strong immigrant theme and that of a child’s angst jikita a time when the child is too young to even understand such emotions very naturally.
Set amid the terraced streets of Cardiff, Lalwani’s novel revitalises familiar subject-matter in second- generation immigrant fiction. Mahesh has nothing but his daughter’s best interests in mind, no matter how misguided his method.
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It was a great eye opener to see life through a gifted child. 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 nioita 3 or 4 stars, so I guess I’ll settle on 3,5.
Did the Booker Jury recognize this book as something special because it was about Indians and not Caucasians? Jun 29, Emma Kaufmann rated it it was amazing.
Freedom by numbers
It was, as my tutor predicted then, the luckiest thing to happen to me. Dec 13, Rachael rated it liked it Shelves: And so he puts her through a Spartan mathematical training regimen that would put every Tiger Mother to shame, demonstrating the superiority of Hindu wisdom against Western decadence.
Mahesh 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.
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GIFTED by Nikita Lalwani | Kirkus Reviews
I truly hated the ending because of the implied reconciliation between Rumi nikiat her mother. Rumi leads a very goal-oriented life from then on. That which makes it universal. 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.
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. Nevertheless, Mahesh thrusts Rumi into the sophisticated, diverse ambience of Oxford, if only for two days a week, under the chaperonage of an Indian landlady.
Feb 17, Agatha rated it really liked it. Es una novela no muy complicada de leer, manera un vocabulario aceptable. I’m not saying that every girl shouldn’t listen to their parents, but every parent should also listen to their children and support them in what they want in life. Apr 01, Gumble’s Yard rated it liked it Shelves: 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.
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.
Sherene resents being in Wales and softens the parenting though she is bewildered by the conflict between preser “Gifted” makes the reader think about what it means to be an immigrant in Wales – from India, mixing in the society and rejected by it and striving to do super well. Jan 13, Verna rated it liked it Shelves: