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the name “sounds ludicrous to his ears, lacking dignity or gravity” (76). Finally, he changes his name to Nikhil, an idea that he thinks of when he is reading about second baptisms in a magazine. When he asks his parents, however, they seem to disagree, but in the end his father says that since in America, anything is possible, Gogol should be allowed to change his name.Having changed his name to Nikhil, he still feels caught between two worlds. The world where he is free and the second world where he is still Gogol: his house. “There is one complication: he doesn’t feel like Nikhil” (105). Despite having changed his name, Nikhil still feels that his parents blunder, his true name, Gogol, will forever be attached to him. These feelings are proved when his old name is brought up in two of his relationships, and never in a good way. Maxine, his second girlfriend forgets his first name soon after he tells her, and
Moushimi, his only wife during the story, uses his old name as a joke in a part,even though Gogol has told her to not tell anyone about it.His feelings are even more jumbled when his father, Ashoke, tells Gogol why he decided to name his son after Nikolai Gogol. He tells Gogol of the train ride, the train derailing, of “the