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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Nkkita loves his daughter and tries to impose his own ambition and hard work mantras on his young daughter who is bright enough and ready to please.

It is something I associate with early childhood though. She lives in London. Would this have been the same book if Rumi was not from India? I can’t think la,wani another reason. As a child, India was very much part of my identity at school as well as at home.

Mahesh’s ambitions for his daughter lead him to organise special tuition to develop her remarkable talents. So much so I thought she would lalaani suicide.

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani – Reading Guide – : Books

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.


Gifted was a tad bit more literary than what Nikitz been hoping for. Rumi finds some relief in two visits made to India where she feels kinship with her extended family and finds some commonality with the people there. Her dad told her not to let go of her dream and told her to make him proud because whatever she became was something that kept her happy just like Rumi.

However, I loved the ending and found the ending left closure. We each had to dunk a hand in and take out a head and name the parts that were exposed in the section. It was a great eye opener to see life through a gifted child.

The mother was the least sympathetic character in the story. And it helped me assess my extreme ambivalence about forcing my own children to achieve their highest potential, because of emotional issues from my past. Rumi is 5 when she is identified as a gifted mathematician.

Hardcoverpages. 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 b experience. But Rumi faces many pressures that causes her to do th This book was about a very talented child named Rumika Vasi.


Such ,alwani the joys of teaching in the overachievement capital of the country. Only white people have sex. They were hardly shopkeepers. However, I felt it was let down by the writing, which I found muddled and long-winded. I thought that was a very bold move.

Gifted Reader’s Guide

A coming of age story? Although it clearly demarcated me from the norm, it was something that I saw as quite epic, very exciting, as opposed to an embarrassment. As I got older, and nearer adolescence, that difference and the math fascination seemed to be much less apparent. Well done, too, is Rumi’s warm relationship with India. Looking for More Great Reads?

Gifged are no discussion topics on this book yet. Gifted is her first novel.

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. 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: