Cultural Conflicts In Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake

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CROSS CULTURAL CONFLICTS IN JHUMPA LAHIRI`S THE NAMESAKE A. Tara Lakshmi Lecturer in English Govt., Degree College NAIDUPET S.P.S.R Nellore (Dt.)

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to bring forth the excellence of the author Jhumpa Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize winner, with regard to her debut novel The Namesake. In this novel she fantastically explores the ambiguity of name and immigrant’s emotional identity and also the
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So he becomes a frequent guest in their house. Gerald and Lydia are very busy with their issues. Gogol and Maxine come and go to movies and dinners as they please.
“They go to darkened humble looking restaurants downtown where the tables are tiny, the bills huge (136). After his work Gogol visits to their house and sleeps with Maxine, Gerald and Lydia think nothing. Simultaneously Gogol falls in love with Maxine and automatically wishes to marry her. However Gogol`s sense of responsibility ignites his cultural roots after his father’s death and he ignores Maxine. Maxine too repents the truth that she cannot provide any solace to Gogol as she belongs to a different culture. Even though Gogol gets accepted in Maxine’s family it is difficult for Ashima and Ashok to invite her as her daughter in law.
“By now Ashima knows that Gogol spends his nights with Maxine, sleep-in under same roof as her parents, a thing Ashima refuses to admit to her Bengali friends”

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