Gifted is her first novel. Her next novel, The Village, will be published in She lives in London. Customer Reviews of Gifted: A Novel. Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart. Age of the child I gave this to:. Hours of Play:.
Tell Us Where You Are:. Preview Your Review. Thank you. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. Extra Content. Read from the Book Chapter 1 Mahesh is sitting in his office, marking. He looks up at the arc of the window as a train rushes past, its urgency left behind in diesel scent and echoing clacks. The dank hush of autumn is settling into his room like a foregone conclusion.
It is the eleventh season of its kind in his experience in the UK. The fourth of its kind in this room. Mahesh looks up. There are charts and pictures on the wall. The map of the world sits at an awkward angle, blue ocean disappearing behind the iron bookshelf. Books bulge in huge rows, pressing together files and papers, orange foolscap running in chunky alternation with black, white and gray.
In the left corner of the room, by the whiteboard, the bumpy illustration of Gandhi peers out at him. In his mind there is an annoyance that delicately attacks his thoughts every few minutes. Why did Rumi write that in her exercise book? This is the question that hooks into his conscience periodically: a tiny dental tool piercing soft gum.
Why did she write it? They let me play softball which is like rounders but with only two bases. Thank goodness she came back and said it was OK. Then we went in and had pop ices and got the racquets. Rafferty was sunbathing in the garden and looked red. We took the racquets and played softball in the woods. Again he looks at Gandhi, wizened and unflinching, in the corner of his room. What would they make of this back in college, cocooned as they had been in the company of ideas?
Trotskyites, Gandhian Communists—they had found plenty of names for themselves back then, chewing betel, relishing the bitter stain on their lips and debating whether class war was compatible with nonviolence. What would they think of this name? What would they think of the conversation he had attempted with Rumi after reading it? You are ten years old now. If they hit you once, hit them twice.
But you are not going to be a victim. That I will not allow. What would they think of this—the Hyderabad college collective—this world that he had chosen to inhabit, placing a solitary, all-important offspring right at the center? Come to that, what about Whitefoot, his current friend, colleague from the PhD course at Cardiff, Marxist himself—what would he think? Another train goes past, carrying a heavy rattle inside it, dense as a migraine. The tremble of the room seems to jolt the Gandhi picture slightly. It is four p.
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He has marked four papers, and the room has lost most of its light. Mahesh screws the lid onto his fountain pen and places it in the outer pocket of his blazer so that the brushed steel is visible against the brown polyester mix. The pen had been a present from Shreene, bought with cash carefully siphoned from her first few paychecks, when she had begun to work after the birth. It is almost exactly the same age as Rumi. After ten years it still feels smooth to the touch, cool, not a single visible scratch or dent on the whole body of the piece.
There is still that sensation of guilty pleasure at this luxury when he thinks about what it signifies, a tool of learning and wisdom—but a flamboyant one. He buttons up and puts the exam papers to one side, releasing the blind at his window before he locks up for the day, tucking two MSc dissertations under his arm to look at when he gets home.
Five years earlier, Rumi had come home one day and announced that Mrs. Gold wanted to come round and meet her parents. Brahm might have mentioned something about her son coming from the planet Pleiades. I don't understand all of that. I don't remember," Brahm says, but she will say there are "six places on my genes that are not technically human. I will not become the object of investigation. I worked at a hospital. I know what they do. People turn to weird ideas, Shermer says, because they want to believe in something that transcends the ordinary, gives certainty in an uncertain world, or helps them deal with their own mortality.
Are They Here to Save the World? She calls the indigos a leap in human evolution. Virtue said. This generation won't, unless we drug them into submission with Ritalin. There are no studies. Barkley likened the definition of indigo children to an academic exercise called "Barnum statements," after P.
Barnum, in which a person is given a list of generic psychological characteristics and becomes convinced that they apply especially to him or her. The traits attributed to indigo children, he said, are so general that they "could describe most of the people most of the time," which means that they don't describe anything. Attack of the Indigo Children.
Know-it-all brat or weirdo moonchild sent to save the world? That's the question millions of wacky parents are asking these days. And for many suburban families desperate to find some meaning in the cruel drudgery of life, their moody hyperactive kids are really gifted creatures who will lead humanity to a new evolutionary phase. These kids are called Indigo Children, allegedly because of the purple aura seen -- by psychics, of course -- floating around their little skulls It's a lucky trifecta for Kaufman, as she believes in every known form of hippie mumbo-jumbo and sells her services to other "Indigo parents.
Now I know that many will assert that this topic is intended to be understood as more spiritual or "New Age" in nature, and I'm quite sure that's what the entrepreneurs behind the "Indigo Child" nonsense want you to believe. The first problem with their mask of spirituality, is that it is painted with pseudo-science: psychic powers, mystical energies, specifically colored auras - visible only by certain specialists or equipment, and so many other utter bullshit things like telepathic communication.
The second and major problem with this so-called mask of spirituality is that it is embellished with items that belong to the real sciences. Believers say Indigo children have come to save us. Parents who insist on downplaying or rejecting an ADHD diagnosis may be setting up their youngsters for a lifetime of difficulty, says Ronald Brown, professor of public health and a dean at Temple University. Virtue predicts that no new Indigos will be born.
Instead, she says, she's already beginning to see Crystal children, born with exceptional healing powers and the ability to communicate telepathically. Their challenge, she says, "is that they may be misdiagnosed with autism. Beloved Community formerly Emissary of Light. Official website of James Twyman, promoter of the 'Indigo Children' concept. While there he met four psychic children who were being trained at a secluded monastery Brood Indigo: The Indigo Children are supposed to save the world--just like their Boomer parents set out to do.
Boomers have always idealized what Rousseau called the "vigor of youth. The Indigos themselves can be equally in thrall to their genius. Writes twentysomething wunderkind Ryan Maluski, "I always knew I belonged here on Earth, and I always had a deep-seated universal knowledge of how things really work and who I really was. Yet, with grand humor, I chose to grow up with people in situations and places that reflected absolutely none of my sense of self The Carroll and Tober book is a distortion of the concept of giftedness.
They are not talking about kids who happen to have exceptional abilities giftedness ; rather, they are talking about kids who have other-worldliness qualities, angels beyond the scope of mortals. What's worse, these indigo kids don't have to carry out the garbage, a requirement that I have of all budding prodigies. Rather than dismiss this, I want to make a statement to my colleagues in the field. The indigo children movement is not about children, and it is not about the color indigo. It is about adults who style themselves as experts and who are making money on books, presentations, and services.
It is about parents who are not satisfied with the blessings of having children, but need to feel that they have "other-worldly angels" sent here to spiritually save the world. Crystal Children. So why was Harry diagnosed as autistic? Does speaking or reading later than expected warrant such a serious diagnosis?
Why not call these sensitive children "late-talkers" instead of pathologizing them with psychiatric diagnoses and making them feel ashamed of themselves? Hundreds of parents around the globe have submitted stories about their Crystal Children who "took their sweet time" to begin speaking.
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Perhaps instead of labeling this phenomenon "an epidemic of autism," as the media and medical establishment has done, we should examine it for indications of humankind's evolution. Who knows -- maybe we don't need speaking anymore! Perhaps it's as antiquated as the toes that we once used for climbing trees! Crystal Children: New Perceptions.
The Crystal Children are said to have started being born about 7 years ago, but I think more like 3 years ago. Some sources say they haven't come yet but there are forerunners who are elders that carry the same characteristics. The Crystals are here to bring love. They are even more super sensitive to energies than the Indigos and are even more psychic. Some characteristics of a Crystal child are that they learn to speak at a much later age often after 3, 4 or even 5 years old. They are most commonly misdiagnosed with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome.
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Those of us who think channelling and psychic powers are a load of codswallop describe these children as arrogant, impatient children who have not been guided to develop self-control. Or they may have neurological challenges such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, or bi-polar. In any case, their parents are doing them no favors by avoiding the challenges of parenting, and or seeking competent medical care, in favor of new-age worship of the child. Why such coverage now? Because the Indigo True Believers are clever marketers, that's why.
Over the weekend of January 27, , there will be a nation-wide "World Indigo Weekend", feature the release of a new movie, The Indigo Evolution, Indigo: The Movie , a fictional treatment which premiered in , will also be widely shown, even though it seems to be a turkey.
Even New Agers hate this one. Drunvalo on DNA. In the book called "The Indigo Children" there has been extensive research on these children You can't hide anything from them. It's really amazing! I see it as a phenomenon like the ET's except they aren't coming here in spaceship form - they are coming here in spirit form making it personal by coming into the earth's evolutionary cycle and joining with us. I've often thought that when spirits come in on the right side of the planet - Japan, China, and Tibet for instance, the incarnating being takes on the psychic characteristics of those people , and if they come in on the western side - the logical side i.
But that's just speculation on my part.
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I'm just looking at this and trying to understand what is occurring. In order to believe Twyman's Emissaries are real, we must believe that they are a group of the most advanced human beings ever to walk the Earth and that he, as their chief spokesperson, is one of the greatest spiritual figures the world has ever known. IMDb : Indigo with user comments. This is a very clever marketing scheme to give parents the opportunity to claim their children's inability to fit in is evidence of their being at a higher level of human evolution.
Instead they're While it's necessary to accept people who are different and recognize what special skills they may have, it does them a disservice to ascribe to them mystical powers that aren't identified by any scientist. It only serves to isolate them further, by making them into freaks, even if they're "superior" freaks.
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As a summary, here are the ten attributes that best describe this new kind of child, the Indigo Child named by those who predicted it. They often tell the parents "who they are. If there are no others of like consciousness around them, they often turn inward, feeling like no other human understands them. School is often extremely difficult for them socially. What I find fascinating about these brilliant new kids is that our teachers and the educational system found them defective when judging this new human race.
In the beginning our educational system didn't realize they were so intelligent. They have actually thought they were problematic. They diagnosed them with attention deficit disorder ADD because they thought they could not stay focused. The problem is now becoming clear. It is not the children; it is the educational system itself that is not prepared to educate these gifted children. The children are simply bored with the speed and nature of the delivery and the content of the information.
We need to adapt to this exciting new race of children. Give an Indigo child who has been tagged as ADD or ADHD something to study that he or she is interested in, and you will see the brilliance unfold before your eyes. There is so much we need to learn in order to allow the great potential of these kids to come to light. Indigo children. The Tale of the Three Brothers was a fairy tale often told to wizard children. Believed to be written by Beedle the Bard , it was published as part of a collection of his works called The Tales of Beedle the Bard. While most wizards viewed this story as one that teaches children morals, such as humility and wisdom, others believed that the story refers to the Deathly Hallows , three highly powerful magical artefacts coveted by generations of wizards.
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Many also believed that the three Peverell brothers were the inspiration for the story and that they first obtained the artefacts known as the Hallows. Anyone who manages to possess all three hallows was said to be a Master of Death. Three brothers, travelling along a lonely, winding road at twilight reached a deep treacherous river where anyone who attempted to swim or wade would drown.
Learned in the magical arts, the brothers conjured a bridge with their wands and proceed to cross. Halfway though the bridge, a hooded figure stood before them. The figure was the enraged spirit of Death , cheated of his due. Death cunningly pretended to congratulate them and proceeds to award them with gifts of their own choosing. The eldest brother, a combative man, asked for a wand more powerful than any in existence.
Death granted his wish by fashioning the Elder Wand from a branch of a nearby elder tree standing on the banks of the river. The second brother, an arrogant man, chose to further humiliate death, and asked for the power to recall the deceased from the grave. Death granted his wish by crafting the Resurrection Stone from a stone picked from the riverbank.
The third and youngest brother, who was the most humble and wise, did not trust Death and asked for something to enable him to go forth without Death being able to follow. A reluctant Death, most unwillingly, handed over his own Invisibility cloak. The eldest brother travelled to a village where a wizard whom he had quarrelled lived. He sought out a duel and fought the wizard using the wand, instantly killing the latter.