Chapter 10 switches point of view to that of Moushumi On their first wedding

Chapter 10 switches point of view to that of moushumi

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Chapter 10 switches point of view to that of Moushumi. On their first wedding anniversary, she has planned dinner at a restaurant recommended to her by Astrid and Donald. She wears the dress she had worn on the first day they slept together, when she
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21 had burned the dinner she meant to cook for him; he doesn't remember it and this disappoints her. She feels unhappy and tense throughout the whole dinner, but cannot put her finger on why. The restaurant is not satisfactory and is overpriced, which makes her even crankier. Two days later, Moushumi arrives at the university to discover that the secretary, Alice, has died suddenly of an aneurysm. Moushumi decides to help sort the mail and comes across a resume from a man named Dimitri Desjardins. She knows him; they had met on a bus to a rally in Washington, D.C. while she was in high school. He is older than she is and had gone on one date with her, but abandoned the effort when she made the mistake of asking him to her high school prom. Moushumi decides to photocopy Dimitri's resume so she can get in touch with him. At home, she finds an edition of The Red and the Black by Stendhal that Dimitri had sent to her during her time at Brown, while they were still in touch. She makes the decision to call Dimitri and they begin having an affair on Mondays and Wednesdays, after she teaches her class. He always makes her lunch and then they have sex. Gogol does not suspect anything about the affair, but Moushumi finds it difficult to sleep and often spends whole nights awake in bed next to her husband. Analysis The theme of the United States vs. India is apparent during the wedding between Moushumi and Gogol. Their parents plan the entire thing, inviting people neither of them has met and engaging in rituals neither of them understands. They don't have the type of intimate, personal wedding their American friends would have planned. "It's not the type of wedding either of them really wants," but they give in to what their parents and
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22 families have planned and expect. Gogol feels alienated sometimes in his marriage to Moushumi. When he finds remnants of her life with Graham around the apartment they now share together, he wonders if "he represents some sort of capitulation or defeat." When they go to Paris together, he wishes it were her first time there, too, so he didn't feel so out of place while she feels so obviously comfortable. The tension of life versus death is apparent to Gogol, as he gets ready for his wedding. "Their shared giddiness, the excitement of the preparations, saddens him, all of it reminding him that his father is dead." His father's absence is apparent in contrast to the celebration of his new life with Moushumi. Gogol begins to feel more and more nostalgic as his marriage with Moushumi progresses.
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