How are flashbacks used in the namesake?

The novel is full of flashbacks—for example, Chapter 1 begins with pregnant Ashima’s trip to the hospital, then jumps back to Ashima’s memory of meeting Ashoke, then returns to the labor, then goes back even further to Ashoke’s near-death experience, and finally ends with Gogol’s birth.

Who is in charge of naming the baby in the namesake?

In accordance with the Indian tradition, Ashima’s grandmother is entrusted with the naming of their child, and she has sent a letter with two names, one for a boy, and one for a girl. The letter has not yet arrived, but they are happy to wait.

What was the nickname that Dimitri gave moushumi?

In the present, in the French department at NYU, Moushumi copies down Dimitri’s phone number and address, wondering whether she will contact him. Later that night, she finds a copy of Stendhal’s The Red and the Black given to her by Dimitri, years ago, and inscribed to “Mouse,” his nickname for her.

Who will name Ashoke and Ashima’s baby?

Ashima spends three days in the hospital. Still no letter. Finally, since the hospital won’t discharge the baby without a name, Ashoke decides to name him Gogol. Boom.

Why is Maxine no longer in Nikhil’s life?

Why is Maxine no longer in Nikhil’s life? What has he recently learned from her parents when he bumps into them in a gallery? They broke up because Maxine wanted to go with Gogol to wrap up his dads life but Maxine did not know his dad well. He learns that she in engaged to a new man.

Why doesn’t Ashima call her husband by his first name?

Ashima notes that she does not use Ashoke’s given name, because that name, in Bengali, has a special, almost sacred resonance. Both Ashima and Ashoke are lovers of literature, Ashima of English poets, Ashoke of Russian authors, especially Gogol.

What happens when Ashima leaves her gifts on the subway by accident the first time?

After a trip into Boston with Gogol to buy gifts for her family, Ashima accidentally leaves all her bags on the subway. When Ashoke calls up the lost and found the next day, they find that some ridiculously nice person has saved the bags and turned them in. Practice random acts of kindness, people.

Why doesn’t the Ganguli baby get the name it was supposed to get before leaving the hospital?

Pet names and good names. Why doesn’t the Ganguli baby get the name it was supposed to get before leaving the hospital? The grandmother’s letter never arrived. Ashoke and Ashima couldn’t agree on a name.

Why is Gogol attracted to Moushumi?

Gogol is attracted to Moushumi because he shares a connection with her that he did not share in his prior relationships. Whereas Gogol views Maxine as an outsider who could not be part of his family, he understands that “Bengali friends [such as Moushumi] were the closest thing they had to family” (pp. 200–201).

How old is Moushumi when she first meets Dimitri?

Moushumi meets Dimitri when she’s a teenager and he’s already at the ripe old age of twenty-seven. Moushumi and her friends have joined some Princeton undergraduates on the way down to a protest in Washington, D.C., when Moushumi ends up sitting next to Dimitri. They hit it off, and make out a little.

What does Ashima do immediately after giving birth?

Q. What does Ashima do immediately after she gives birth to Gogol? She cries from the pain. She begins to shiver profoundly.

What is Ashima’s second pregnancy like?

What is Ashima’s second pregnancy like? She is constantly sick and smells bother her a lot. Why does Gogol’s father take him to his first day of kindergarten? Ashima gets sick riding in a car so Ashoke must take him.