the namesake

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  • 1971 Ashoke and Ashima move to a suburb in a college town where Ashoke works as a an assistant professor
  • I hate it here
  • but this is my dream job
  • Ashote is offered two jobs, one at Northeastern University in boston and one in a suburban college town, the one Ashote ultimately chooses.
  • Ashima does not like living in the suburbs, she misses the city and walking around the streets where she could meet her neighbors, here there is nothing of the sorts, not even sidewalks. Meanwhile Ashote has everything he has dreamed in a job 
  • Gogol, their son begins nursery school and with Gogol at school and Ashote at work, Ashima is left with more free time than she has had in years and doesn't like to be at home alone
  • we would like to register him under the name Nikhil.
  • my name is Gogol!
  • Two years later Ashima finds out she is pregnant with her second child the august Gogol turns five. Ashima is sick constantly and Ashote takes over most of the responsibilities at home
  • Gogol is starting kindergarten but does not want to go, it is far from his home and the university, he doesn't want to wear the new clothes from sears his mom bought him and most of all he does not want to change his name for school
  • Gogol's first day of kimdergarten
  • Ashima gets sick every time she steps foot in a car so she wasn't able to drop Gogol off on his first day of school. When Ashote and Gogol went in to register him for school, Ashote tells the principal Gogol's "good name" but they ultimately follow Gogol's wishes and register him under his real name
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