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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Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

I think they fed each other. An impressionable child, who is living in two cultures, yet is complete withdrawn from both. Jun 21, Chaitra rated it did not like it Shelves: Feb 09, David rated it it was ok Shelves: Rumi’s character and internal life were flat and undeveloped; the author attempted but fell short gofted her target. Most of us are quite aware of how old we are. Also, I sure wouldn’t hand a year-old a book with the “c” word in it The book depicts the girted struggle of the Asian immigrants in their western dreamlands.


Gifted is her first novel. This book really provoked me in a lot of ways. And there was nothing that could be considered an active plot; character studies have a tendency to bore me. I felt a detachment from all the characters.

Jun 29, Emma Kaufmann rated it it was amazing. Feb 17, Agatha rated it really liked it.

Review: Gifted by Nikita Lalwani | Books | The Guardian

But nikkita author does a good job of humanizing everyone, including ignored little brother Nibu who I’d adopt in a second, he’s so cute! Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. The struggle within the families leaves everyone broken and devastated. However, I felt it was let down by the writing, which I found muddled and long-winded.

Lalwani has potential but needs to more fully develop her characters.

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Overall, people should read this book because everyone has the right to dream and everyone has the right nokita try to fulfill it. Her mother who until then was crazy, overwrought and belonged in an asylum.

But certainly not funny. You can find this and more reviews at http: I admire the absurd and the extravagant and so Rushdie has been my most longstanding literary involvement.

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.


Sad thoughts of ‘If you loved me, you’d let me breathe’ go unvoiced, also nightly. And yet, I liked it. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Immigrant mentality whatever that is?

Not to be missed.

At 10, Rumi is in advanced maths, and at 14, she sits for her A levels. The immigrant generation is happy to embrace a new, better life in the new world and relish in its comforts.

This is the debut novel of Nikita Lalwani, and if it is any indication, there will be many more to come. In the nikiha, 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.

When it was my turn, I got a very small one, it must have been a child of about age