The Namesake Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
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The Namesake Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri is a story of two conflicting generations of the Gangulis, which is a family of immigrants from India into the U.S. While Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, are socialized around the Indian traditions, their children, Sonali and Gogol have an American orientation. The parents try their best to ensure that the children acknowledge and appreciate the Indian culture by taking them to Bengali gatherings and having them visit India to meet the members of the extended family. However, these initiatives frustrate Gogol and Sonali. They feel as though they are outsiders whenever in the presence of Indians. Nevertheless, the story climaxes with everyone embracing the Indian traditions. While the narrative reflects a set of themes, the one that stands out is barriers to communication. The theme plays a fundamental role...