Gogol breaks up with his girlfriend and does all he can to help his mother and sister through this difficult time. However, Gogol grows to dislike his name. Jhumpa masterfully explores the themes of the complexities of the immigrant experience and foreignness, the clash of lifestyles, cultural disorientation, the conflicts of assimilation, the tangled ties between generations. Do you want to be called by another name? The reader learns from Ashima's point of view that Sonia and are going to be married in Calcutta in a little over a year, and that Gogol and Moushumi decided to get a divorce. This section contains 899 words approx.
When it comes time to pick a graduate program, Gogol elects to move to New York rather than accept a program close to his parents in Cambridge. Lahiri has not only given us a wonderfully intimate and knowing family portrait, she has also taken the haunting chamber music of her first collection of stories and reorchestrated its themes of exile and identity to create a symphonic work, a debut novel that is as assured and eloquent as the work of a longtime master of the craft. Gogol embraces American culture, falling in love again with a young lady whose family is so normal, so American, that he is embarrassed to take his girlfriend home to see how different his own parents are. The issue of Gogol's proper name as opposed to his nickname is forgotten. Even now that there is barely space inside her, it is the one thing she craves. This is what upsets him most.
It is said that this snack created by Ashima is a humble approximation of the snack that is sold for pennies on Calcutta sidewalks and railway platforms throughout India. . Part of the problem is that the people who now know him as Nikhil have no idea that he used to be Gogol. By morning, half the people in the room will have forgotten. Ashima, now Monu, weeps with relief, and Ashoke, now Mithu, kisses his brothers on both cheeks, holds their heads in his hands.
Within minutes, before their eyes Ashoke and Ashima slip into bolder, less complicated versions of themselves, their voices louder, their smiles wider, revealing a confidence that Gogol and Sonia never see on Pemberton Road. Tasting from a cupped palm, she frowns; as usual, theres something missing. And then the house will be occupied by strangers, and there will be no trace that they were ever there, no house to enter, no name in the telephone directory. Gogol's wife has an affair, and they divorce before the marriage is two years old. They move into an apartment together and get used to married life.
Her parents, Lydia and Gerald, are incredibly wealthy, and they interact in a casual but intelligent way that is totally opposite the behavior of Gogol's own parents. He'll become a different person. She has returned from England, where her family spent a lot of her childhood, and feels alienated from other American children. Gogol resolves to rid himself of his name, taking steps once he turns eighteen to have his name legally changed to Nikhil. You will not regret it.
She has never known of a person entering the world so alone, so deprived. This divorce is devastating for Gogol, but it brings him back home to where he begins to find the common ground between the world his parents came from and the world in which he lives. She has never known of a person entering the world so alone, so deprived. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lahiri is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by U. Lapidus, asks him this question after his parents direct her to refer to him by his good name, Nikhil, while he is in school.
She was born Nilanjana Sudeshna but goes by her nickname Jhumpa. This sense of belonging is then contrasted to the sense of disconnection and hurt he later experiences when he discovers the affair between his wife Moushimi and another man whilst on a train. Rescue workers found Ashoke because of the book page he clutched in his hand. This sense of isolation is then contrasted to the sense of belonging that is developed later in the novel when Gogol Ganguli changes his name to Nikhil Ganguli in order to gain acceptance and a stronger sense of belonging within the American community. Dog urine and excrement embedded in the snow banks. Like pregnancy, being a foreigner, Ashima believes, is something that elicits the same curiosity of from strangers, the same combination of pity and respect.
Cultural traditions, migration, family and identity are issues which emerge throughout the novel The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. They are scenes he has carried within him, buried but intact, scenes he has never thought about or had reason to conjure up until now. I know that my achievement is quite ordinary. However, when Gogol's father tells him about the train wreck that led to his name, Gogol feels guilty for shunning his father's first gift to him. Ashima would have been surrounded by family members if she had been still in Calcutta, but in America, she is left to labor alone. It will be a tiny, odd fact about him, an anecdote, perhaps, for a future dinner party. The next year, the Gangulis decide to go to Calcutta for eight months while Ashoke is up for sabbatical at the university.
Blindly planning for it, envisioning things that weren't the case. She tells him that she moved to Paris to study French literature, and then moved to New York to follow her ex-fiancé, an American named Graham. Through the window he sees that dawn is creeping into the sky, only a handful of stars still visible, the shapes of the surrounding pines and cabins growing distinct. Similarly trains are a key motif within the novel and are first introduced in hapter two when Ashoke recalls his near death experience in a horrific train accident which did physically immobilize him momentarily but eventually acted as source of independence and crucial motive in his want for a better life away from his homeland. Throughout The Namesake, how does Jhumpa Lahiri use food and clothing to explore cultural transitions especially through rituals, like the annaprasan, the rice ceremony? Nothing is locked, not the main house, or the cabin that he and Maxine sleep in. Now, arriving at the train station a year later, he sees Sonia and Ben pulling up in his mother's car to take him to the house one last time. Lahiri's portraits of the women in Gogol's life are somewhat sketchy -- Maxine and her parents, in particular, seem more like New York stereotypes than real individuals -- she narrates the story of her hero's coming of age with enormous sympathy and aplomb, while cutting back and forth to fill in the lives of his parents, as they settle into the modest satisfactions of middle age.