The Namesake

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Publisher: Harpercollins India

Genre: Indian Culture, Contemporary

Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


Ashok and Ashima Ganguli are Indian immigrants. They novel begin with Ashima expecting a child. While they wait for the child’s official name to arrive from Calcutta, India, they name the child Gogol, after Nikoloi Gogol, a Russian writer. Sadly, the letter from India is lost in mail. Gogol begins school, and for official purpose the parents settle on a new name, Nikhil. Gogol resents to the new name until he learns about Nikoloi Gogol.

Gogol passes his graduation years in Yale. Since then, he meets and un-meets various girls, until his mother introduces him to Moushumi, a Bengali family friend. About in a years’ time, they marry in a large Bengali ceremony, in New Jersey. Time passes, conflict rise, Gogol learns about her affair, they divorce.

Ashima is to return India. Gogol flies to Pemberton road for a final Christmas Party!


NUTs and BOLTs

  • Above the story, the main theme of the book is the difficulties experienced in simultaneously living two different cultures. Gogol is tasked with living the double life – fitting in with the culture of his parents as well as the culture of his family’s new country.
  • Gogol and his relations with women appear immature and mundane.
  • It doesn’t quite end from where it all starts!

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