27 Mar The Namesake by by Jhumpa Lahiri
Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli start a new life in America which is, predictably, both
alienating and empowering . The story is narrated from an omniscient perspective
which really detracts from the immediacy of the experiences of this immigrant family.
However, the book redeems itself in its honest depiction of the struggles every immigrant,
whether from India or elsewhere, faces. Mainly, Gogol, Ashima and Ashoke’s son, goes through life feeling like he is abandoning the rich traditions of his family whenever he tries to assimilate. The book is a powerful testament to the perpetual conflicting loyalties of a foreigner in a new land.