The second time they travel to India is when Gogol and Sonia are in their late teens, and after a memorable visit to Kolkata and then to the Taj Mahal, they return home. The next Thanksgiving, Ashoke tells Gogol about the origin of his name; about the train accident in which he was almost killed. After going through a divorce with an Indian woman, he is finally able to find peace with himself. He is fascinated by the Ratliffs, whose vacation home in New Hampshire, with its own family graveyard, is emblematic of the ease, security, and solidity he has never felt growing up divided between two cultures. Is he coming to terms with his Bengali roots? Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers! He remembers how he loved to read while he was growing up, and how his grandfather instructed him to read all the works of the famous Russian authors.
Ashoke is deeply conscious of his cultural roots while still optimistic about life in America. Climax Marriage with Moushumi Gogol marries Moushumi, and Indian girl. Without her glasses, with a modern hairstyle and western clothes, she looks sexy. After two hours, she has not heard from Ashoke and so she calls the hospital. She has learned about his special fondness for potatoes, his careful approach to clothing, and his loyalty to his family back in India, to whom he sends a portion of his paycheck. Soon enough, they are married at a large Bengali ceremony in New Jersey.
He has got intellectual and professional ambitions, and adapts better than her. Ashima has been consuming this concoction throughout her pregnancy, a humble approximation of the snack sold for pennies on Calcutta sidewalks and on railway platforms throughout India, spilling from newspaper cones. Ashima and Ashoke want to wait to name him until a letter arrives from with two name options: one for a boy and one for a girl. Again, it seems like the perfect solution to all his woes. He was discovered by the rescue party because of the blowing pages of the book he had been reading when the train derailed—a copy of The Collected Stories of Nikolai Gogol.
Throughout The Namesake, how does Jhumpa Lahiri use food and clothing to explore cultural transitions especially through rituals, like the annaprasan, the rice ceremony? And by Gogol we mean his books — not the man himself. Nair, born in India, educated at Harvard, married to a Ugandan, must have felt a resonance on every page of her source, the beloved novel by. The next morning, he flies home to Boston to be with his mother and Sonia. In time, the couple grow to love one another though it is hard for them to express their feelings, having been brought up to hide emotions between a man and woman. Soon, he begins a Serious Relationship with a girl named Maxine. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.
As she reaches for another onion, she begins to go into the very early stages of labor, and calls out for her husband, Ashoke, although according to her custom she does not use his first name. Suddenly, it's Christmas Eve, 2000. For the next year, Ashoke lay flat in bed, unable even to feed himself, listening to the sounds from the busy streets. Ashima calls to ask him to visit them to see his father off before he leaves to spend nine months at a university outside Cleveland, but the most Gogol will do is stop in for lunch with Maxine on their way to her parents' lake house in New Hampshire. Ashima encourages him to call Moushumi Mazoomdar, the daughter of family friends whom Gogol has grown up around at family parties. Gogol meets an old childhood acquaintance, Moushumi Mazundar Zuleikha Robinson , a second generation Bengali like himself, who has embraced the western way of life as keenly as he has.
His sister Sonia is marrying a man named Ben and staying in the Boston area. They name their son Nikhil, with the pet name of Gogol, after Ashoke's favorite writer. He seems to have reconciled the two sides of his identity, and is ready to move forward and settle down. In Calcutta, it is traditional for a new baby to be called by a nickname until a good name can be chosen. It is as Nikhil that he meets his first love, Ruth, an English major who never meets his parents, even though the two are together for more than two years. The slight limp in his walk is a hint of what is to come, foreshadowing the tragic events related in the coming pages.
He has got intellectual and professional ambitions, and adapts better than her. Rescue workers found Ashoke because of the book page he clutched in his hand. When they get there, Ashoke leaves Ashima in the bed surrounded by the nurses and waits with the other husbands. Gogol remembers the story his father told him: he came out alive of that train accident and it was a miracle he did so. Ashoke and Ashima give birth to a healthy baby boy. This technique gives the story depth, as it unfolds as if told by the characters.
He wipes his glasses with the handkerchief embroidered by his mother and begins pacing nervously with the other expectant fathers. He names their son Gogol, after the Russian novelist. The family settles into life in Cambridge, with Ashima learning to take Gogol around on her errands. However, the marriage starts on the wrong foot and it is not long before trouble begins to separate them. On the train, he had been reading a collection of short stories by Nikolai Gogol, a Russian author, when the locomotive engine and seven bogies derailed, causing Ashoke's car to be flung into a nearby field. He was reading when the locomotive engine and seven bogies derailed, causing Ashoke's car to be flung into a nearby field.
The food, the cold weather, a crammed flat in the middle of a big city where Ashima can't meet her neighbors, the language. However, the letter becomes lost in the mail and Ashima and Ashoke will never learn the name Ashima's grandmother chose for their child. His father has to travel to teach at a university in Ohio for six months. In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. On the train, he had been reading a collection of short stories by Nikolai Gogol, a Russian author. Analysis The first chapter of The Namesake introduces many of the themes that will go on to shape the narrative: immigration, naming, literature, train travel, and re-birth. Rescue workers found Ashoke because of the book page he clutched in his hand.