By 1971, the Gangulis have moved from Harvard Square to a university town outside Boston. As she reaches for another onion, she begins to go into the very early stages of labor, and calls out for her husband, Ashoke, although according to her custom she does not use his first name. Ashoke continues to read the paper as he walks, limping slightly. Both Nair and screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala identify with Ashima as a main character in the movie, even though she was a secondary character in the novel. Gogol flies to Ohio to identify his father's body and clean out his apartment. One day, when Ashoke was 22, he set out on a train journey to visit his grandfather, who, now blind, had requested that Ashoke read to him. Gogol divorces her, while Ashima blames herself for pressuring Gogol to marry a fellow Bengali.
A word which, for several seconds, has no effect whatsoever on Ashima. People loved it so much that was adapted into a film starring in 2006. The two travel by cab to the hospital, where Ashima experiences stronger contractions, and Ashoke waits in the hall. Now she's become a businesswoman and has seen the world on her own. People with names in the beginning of the alphabet are more likely to work at prestigious universities and win prestigious prizes all of you Abigails and Abrahams out there, you may be in luck. The Namesake received positive reviews from American critics. A family death hastens his coming to terms with his name and his roots and Ashima's determination of where she will live once she has a choice.
Gogol gets along with Maxine's family and feels closer to them than he does his own family. They learn about these deaths by phone call. His distance from the traditions of the other fathers — with their champagne, cigars, and flowers — again emphasizes the cultural divide. Born a Percy, but consider yourself a Jack? They are hesitant and guarded when meeting her. The movie concerns itself largely with being Indian and American at the same time. Now that Shmoop thinks about it, would that be so bad? They rent an apartment together downtown. The person in front of him was Gosh Jagannath Guha.
Ashoke is reading the famous story by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, who spent much of his life outside his homeland. He is an angel until about 13, and then his parents, heaven help them, find they have given birth to an American teenager. When the train crashes later in the trip, Ashoke miraculously survives, and the Gogol story becomes a totem in his life, a symbolic tie to his homeland and an omen of good luck. While Ashima is addressing Christmas cards one quiet day, Ashoke calls at 3 pm and tells her he is at the hospital. But it's important to remember that over the course of the novel, he learns that while his name is less-than-lovely, it's also a product of his heritage and upbringing, which is reason enough to love it. The novel was far more powerful, concentrating on the experiences of Gogol, a second-generation Indian-American. She has decided to move out of the house on Pemberton Road to spend six months at a time in Calcutta with her family and six months in the United States with her children and friends.
However, the marriage is short lived as Moushumi, bored with being a wife, begins having an affair with an old boyfriend from Paris. Although they all have cigars or champagne to celebrate the announcement, Ashoke is empty-handed. She moves down to California to lead an independent life. The film settles for simplifications of many aspects of the immigrant experience and ultimately fails to challenge or engage the audience. They name their son Nikhil, with the pet name of Gogol, after Ashoke's favorite writer. During a train trip in 1974 to visit his grandfather, a friendly stranger advises him to leave India and see the world. So when Ashoke dies unexpectedly while on a business trip years later, it feels for Ashima, Gogol and his sister that it is far too soon.
Cultural tensions flare when he brings her home to meet his family, and the couple are expected to withhold any expressions of physical affection, according to Indian tradition. Sonia decides to live there with her mother for a while. Ashima cooks to mark special occasions in America, and to re-interpret Bengali cuisine using the materials she can find in Cambridge. Gogol meets an old childhood acquaintance, Moushumi Mazundar Zuleikha Robinson , a second generation Bengali like himself, who has embraced the western way of life as keenly as he has. Johnson; music by Nitin Sawhney; production designer, Stephanie Carroll; produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ms. Ashima calls to ask him to visit them to see his father off before he leaves to spend nine months at a university outside Cleveland, but the most Gogol will do is stop in for lunch with Maxine on their way to her parents' lake house in New Hampshire. Ashima Ganguli, nearly nine months pregnant, is preparing a makeshift version of a popular Indian snack, for which she has an insatiable craving.
A young Bengali girl called Ashima Tabu trained in classical singing has her marriage arranged to a Bengali man called Ashoke Ganguli Irrfan Khan who has settled in New York. Writer Jhumpa Lahiri's stories about Indian-Americans are sparse and understated by contrast. Ashima is pregnant with her first child. They never overplay, never spell out what can be said in a glance or a shrug, communicate great passion very quietly. Without the right details, I missed the strong familiarity that I felt with Gogol when I read the novel.
His grandfather introduced Ashoke to Russian novels, especially those of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Nikolai Gogol. It was then that she had met Gogol. He meets a girl there named Ruth, and they fall in love, dating for over a year. Advertisement The film has a crackling star performance by Kal Penn from the clever trash comedy , who brings an offhanded charisma to the role of Gogol, the first-born child of Ashima Tabu , a classically trained singer, and Ashoke Ganguli Irrfan Khan , an aspiring engineer, who move to America in 1977 after their arranged marriage in Calcutta. Suddenly, it's Christmas Eve, 2000. Nikhil develops a love for architecture, and after graduating from Yale, he attends design school at Columbia, then lives uptown and works for a firm in Manhattan.