The Namesake

The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri is an interesting story about a Bengali family immigrated to US. This story captured my interest particularly because I came to US because of marriage just like Ashima and I am from Calcutta. While Ashima made Halwa with Cream of Wheat, I have tried making Idli with Cream of Wheat (it comes out pretty good). However, there’s a generation gap between us and for that I am thankful. I am happy that it didn’t take me as long as Ashima to make America my home.

My observation is that this story is close to reality. It is a detailed study of emotions of two generations of an Indian family immigrated to US. This story gave me a glimpse into the perspective of how it is to grow up as an American Born Desi. I have a son born in US. I hope I am able to raise my child such that he learns to appreciate and embrace the positives of both Indian and American culture.

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