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What’s In a Name? The Namesake Delights Second-generation children have an interesting dilemma, being tied to their ancestral homeland through their parents while simultaneously trying to forge a new niche in their birthplace. Of course, their efforts to do so cause clashes with their family. This topic has been covered extensively from foreign authors and moviemakers, but never as deftly as it was done in The Namesake , the new film by acclaimed Indian director Mira Nair ( Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair ), based on the bestselling novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. Gogol Ganguli (Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar fame), is the typical American teenager, except that his parents are not originally from the country. It is an Indian household; however, he and his sister are much Americanized. They even complain during their vacation to India, seeing it as too hot and backwards. His first girlfriend is white and upper-class. He seems to enjoy spending more time with her family rather than his own. Luckily his second love interest, to his parents’ joy, is Bengali just like him. The
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENG 155 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '08 term at TCNJ.

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