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Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan, India, and raised in Cardiff, Wales. Gifted is her first novel. Her next novel, The Village, will be published in 2009. She lives in London.
- How we met: Stephen Merchant & Nikita Lalwani discuss their friendship.
- In depth Biography/interview at bookseller.com.
Random House (2007)
- 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 she likes, John Kemble, is 0.2142, a probability severely reduced by the lacy dress and thick woolen tights her father, and Indian émigré, forces her to wear. 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: her mind often drifts to potent distractions . . . from music to love.
Nikita Lalwani pits a parent's dream against a child's. 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.
- Sawnet Review by Shanti Menon
- Lalwani reads from Gifted on the BBC website.
- She's got Math. Review by Ligaya Mishan in the NY Times.
- Review by Meeta Agrawal in Entertainment Weekly.
- Review by Amardeep Singh.
- Review in antiblurbs.
- Gifted is on the Man Booker prize longlist for 2007.
- Freedom by numbers. Review by Sarfraz Manzoor in the Guardian.
- The Root of Rebellion. Review by Stevie Davies in the Independent.
South Asian Women authors