The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
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Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake

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untangled and rebraided
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This is the small patch of America to which they lay claim.
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For being a foreigner, Ashima is beginning to realize, is a sort of lifelong pregnancy—a perpetual wait, a constant burden, a continuous feeling out of sorts. It is an ongoing responsibility, a parenthesis in what had once been ordinary life, only to discover that that previous life has vanished, replaced by something more complicated and demanding. Like pregnancy, being a foreigner, Ashima believes, is something that elicits the same curiosity from strangers, the same combination of pity and respect.
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Pet names are never recorded officially, only uttered and remembered. Unlike good names, pet names are frequently meaningless, deliberately silly, ironic, even
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Pet names are a persistent remnant of childhood, a reminder that life is not always so serious, so formal, so complicated. They are a reminder, too, that one is not all things to all people.
Michelle Dessant
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by now he is aware, in stores, of cashiers smirking at his parents’ accents, and of salesmen who prefer to direct their conversation to Gogol, as though his parents were either incompetent or deaf.
Michelle Dessant
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In Calcutta, from taxis and once from the roof of his grandparents’ house, he has seen the dead bodies of strangers carried on people’s shoulders through streets, decked with flowers, wrapped in sheets
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At home, his mother is horrified. What type of field trip was this? It was enough that they applied lipstick to their corpses and buried them in silk-lined boxes. Only in America (a phrase she has begun to resort to often these days),
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his insistence, she concedes and makes him an American dinner once a week as a treat,
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their children sound just like Americans, expertly conversing in a language that still at times confounds them, in accents they are accustomed not to trust.
Michelle Dessant
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He has been told that he was named after a famous Russian author, born in a previous century.
Michelle Dessant
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threatens to put the dollar bill into her mouth. “This one,” one of the guests remarks, “this one is the true American.”
Michelle Dessant
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they feel as if they are the only Gangulis in the world
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And yet to a casual observer, the Gangulis, apart from the name on their mailbox, apart from the issues of India Abroad and Sangbad Bichitra that are delivered there, appear no different from their neighbors.
Michelle Dessant
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is afraid to be Nikhil, someone he doesn’t know. Who doesn’t know him.
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due to their son’s preference he will be known as Gogol at school. What about the parents’ preference?
Michelle Dessant
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their daughter, good name and pet name are one and the same: Sonali, meaning “she who is golden.”
Michelle Dessant
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His parents have told him that at school, instead of being called Gogol, he will be called by a new name, a good name, which his parents have finally decided on, just in time for him to begin his formal education. The name, Nikhil, is artfully connected to the old.
Michelle Dessant
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but it also bears a satisfying resemblance to Nikolai, the first name of the Russian Gogol.
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