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The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Join Ashima in her journey through complex Indian situations

Namesake is the brainchild of Jhumpa Lahiri. The story unfolds with Ashima’s grandmother coming to know that Ashima is pregnant. She was very excited when she came to know this and extremely happy as well on the fact that she would have the opportunity to name the family’s first Sahib. As the story unfolds, Ashima and her husband Ashok have yet not decided a name for their baby until a letter arrives from their grandmother.

Join Gogol as he faces the stigma of his name and the situations that he faces

Ashima’s father sends a letter to Baby Boy Ganguli, actually putting up the name as ‘baby boy’. But the American bureaucracy demands a name. In a hurry, they put the name ‘Gogol’ not realizing the harsh consequences that this name would have in the future. As time passes, Gogol is raised in suburban America. As he grows, he finds his name ridiculous and is reluctant to us it. His awkward name twitches him. He decides to leave behind the inherited values of Bengali lifestyle and starts on his path to find a good life and comes face to face with conflicting loyalties, love and loss along the way.

Will Gogol survive the torture and make a name for himself?

Gogol finds his way through complex situations and still dreams of a perfect life. Grab the book to find out how he goes along his path and will he survive with the stigma of his name?

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About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian American author who was born in London and entered the industry with her short story collection ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ which won her the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Her novel ‘Namesake’ is her masterpiece that has earned her worldwide critical acclaim. ‘Namesake’ has also been made into a movie by Mira Nair starring Irfaan Khan and Tabu.

  • Publish date: 5 March 2007
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; Film tie-in edition edition
  • Original Title: The Namesake
  • ISBN: 978-0007258918, 0007258917
  • Language: English