After Janie’s grandmother sees Janie kissing a local boy named Johnny Taylor, she makes it her duty to find a husband who can provide protection for Janie. She forces Janie to marry Logan Killicks. Logan is a great husband in Nanny’s eyes. He has sixty acres of land and a mule. Nanny believes he can provide for Janie.
Within Lahiri’s Novel ‘The Namesake’, the protagonist, Gogol lives an Americanised lifestyle where he becomes accustomed to understanding their culture. Both Gogol’s parents, Ashoke and Ashima, are reserved, traditional Indian citizens who abide closely by Indian traditions. The novel follows Gogol’s struggle in classifying his identity and belonging. Particularly within this extract, Gogol is revealed to be deliberately oppositional toward his parents as his emotions of isolation arise from his inability to relate to them. He feels indifferent toward his Indian heritage and persistently self depreciates himself for being apart of a migrant family who form a Bengali community purely based on the fact they share common backgrounds.
Paul and Phoebe’s father, Dr. David Henry, makes the decision to send Phoebe away to not crush his wife, Norah, with their daughter’s condition. Phoebe goes on to live with Dr. Henry’s former assistant nurse, Caroline Gill, and Paul grows up in the Henry household. The differences between these households, one with what seems like it all and the other with mountains to climb before them, influence these twins very differently, however they create them into the people they become. The Henry’s lived a seemingly perfect life, however not all was as it seemed. David was an up and coming doctor with a promising career and potential in photography as well,
The Namesake is the story of Gogal, a Bengali boy who is named on an impulse after the Russian writer Nikolai which Gogol adds more vagueness to his already confused South Asian identity, hybridity, and state of in-between of the South Asian community brought to the fore. In Bengali culture, it is traditional to have two names, a “good” name, which appears on official documents, as well as a “pet” name used only by family and close friends, who is given by Ashima’s grandmother in India, gets lost in the postal void between America and India. Gogol is disordered because unlike all his Bengali family and friends, he not only has just one name, but his name is Russian and has no connection to his ancestry. While most Americans likewise only have one name, Gogol discovers his name all the more disturbing once he learns in school about the oddball yet brilliant writer with whom he bonds the name. It is indisputable that one of the vital human is the need of belonging to a everlasting group.
That’s why I was thrilled to be able to study in PUP and the whole experience was eye-opening and ultimately the reason for what I am today. My father Alex Cagadas is the inspiration for my name and my mother Agustina Cagadas didn’t like it and added Maria so it wouldn’t look and sound as ugly. Like any other parents is, my mother and father was astounded by my arrival. They are good parents for having the patience of taking care of me and dealing with my stubbornness. For the first few years of my life I was living in the house of my mother’s family.
Isolation is one of the vital issues of the expatriate community in their chosen land. The Namesake deals predominantly with the central character of this novel Gogol and the entire plight happens owing to his ‘namesake’.Like a typical second-generation Indian-American,Gogol makes a willful attempt to be incompatible from his parents. He constantly longs for a world rid of Bengali culture, from the traditions that tie him down to a country and culture he does not know. He confronts a cultural dilemma on frequent junctures during his life. He experiences the feeling of distractionbetween the two nations which culminates in withdrawn from both the lands.
Peter Hadley is the child of George and Lydia. Their son speaks to his father and mother in a very casual way and is not afraid of them. He intimidates his father later in the short story. He also loves the nursery as he says later in the story that he cannot live without the nursery. Wendy Hadley is the daughter of George and Lydia.
Being a caregiver to the Hayes is amongst the best periods of her life. Hayes are a family of three Taylor Hayes, ‘a professorji was an expert in an area of subnuclear particle physics’ (169), his wife Wylie was a book editor for a publisher and their adopted daughter Duff. It is the charming and witty professor who shortens Jasmine’s name to Jase thus providing her another identity to get in tune with. He helps her to understand the complexities of an American family. She accepts the job of a ‘care giver’ in their house and has to look after Duff.
He catches the pulse of the nation by using a language that the youngsters swear by. Also, engaged in writing Columns for leading newspapers, he mainly mirrrors on youth and national development based issues. His columns have been discussed in Parliament and among the top leadership of the country. Chetan Bhagat‘s Postmodernism writing gives India a mixed bag of ideas. It exemplifies reader friendly language with a style so novel and fresh.
Its greatness becomes apparent from the fact that it has been frequently compared with Pearl S. Buck’s Good Earth, a great “world –book”. The title “Nectar in a sieve” is taken from Coleridge’s famous lines which the novelist has used as the title for her novel of rural India. “Work without hope draws Nectar in a