The Namesake Chapters 5 and 6

 Gogol finally get to do what he was wanting to do for a while now which was to change his name. He believes that this would make his life better as for he can be called a name that isn’t a pet name and doesn’t have any ties to the writer Gogol in whom he dislikes. After a process that doesn’t take long, his name is now Nikhil. He also moves into New Haven where he attends Yale and dorms. With many big events or changes happening to Gogol, a strong sense of desire for independence can be seen. Compared to Gogol growing up he was always advised by his parents to do something and they constantly tried to mold him into their liking. Gogol who never liked his family force tradition on him can now be more independent and think for himself, which is something that he should really enjoy. A new name, and a new place to live is almost the perfect reset for Gogol. With Gogol proceeding through with college he meets Ruth who happens to attend the same college as him. Her becoming Gogol’s intimate partner has set the tone of happiness for the rest of his journey until he breaks up with her due to long distance, and meets Maxine which is a young lady that he’s fascinated about. Maxine doesn’t know it but Gogol really feels that her style of living is better than his back at his old home with his parents. The vast difference between Maxine and Gogol’s lifestyle is viewed as a dreary. With comparison between Maxine and Gogol’s lifestyle, along with the fact that Gogol stays around so often and picks up on the habits, it can be said Maxine has lived the life Gogol had always wanted. This can be justified for why his attraction to Maxine is so strong.

The Namesake Chapters 1, 2, 3

Ashima and Ashoke both have good things going and appear to be a well functioning family. To be such a good family already then getting the addition of a child, it honestly hurts to have a series of bad events come. With Ashima’s grandmother being ill, then later her father dying, a big impact is felt. I know it because Ashima and Ashoke care dearly about their family and friends in Calcutta. Ashima wanted to leave it to her grandmother to name the baby, but could not because it was taking to long for her grandmother to get the message and respond back. Leaving the duty to let someone else besides the husband and wife give the child a name is a big deal in my eyes and represents the connection to her family. The name Gogol has a special meaning to Ashoke because that is his “literary idol” from when he read books in the past. So he named his son Gogol in which Ashima agrees would be a good name. Something interesting said in the book in which I did not know about, and was interesting was the “pet name” and “good name” meaning a pet name would be what you are called at home by family and friends, and the good name in which you are to put your official name for papers and documents of sort. Ashima’s pet name is Monu and Ashoke’s is Mithu they’re most likely only called this in Calcutta or whenever family and friends come around. The main thing that stood out to me during the chapters was the negative impact on Ashima and Ashoke’s family together, at the beginning, everything was going so well with Ashima performing her routine concoction, and her husband studying for electrical engineering, then the baby being born. Eventually though things are better because of the job opportunity that Ashoke has as an assistant professor and the family moving to the suburbs. With all the troubles coming toward the family they are able to still progress forward in life overcoming each obstacle.

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“On Writing as a Process” response JTC Pages 28-32

I seriously can say that I have struggled with procrastination and still at times do. On Page 28 of JTC it says that people associate procrastination with moral failure making it a taboo topic. I on the other hand don’t really associate it with moral failure for some reason. I see it as something that’s bad to do and also as an obstacle that’s needs to be overcome. Procrastination for me usually happens because of lack of interest in the task and I’ve always thought of the most appropriate word to describe why I procrastinate and, that word in aversion. So much written in this section of JTC is relatable with much precision on how I often think about task. The part on page 31 where it’s discussed about being assigned a paper at the end of class whilst being tired and hungry, also mentioning it being due next month. How much more can one describe how it feels? Honestly, this section is really able to relate to a lot of people’s experience on procrastination. I often used to keep the thought ” it’s due next month, don’t worry too much about it” then end up with a load of work. Fortunately I have a high stress level but now being in college I don’t want that threshold to be reached, which is why I’m thankful for the tips on how to go against procrastination. What I’ve already been doing that was mentioned and I also find really effective is reading the assignment and going over it for the first five minutes or so when receiving it. This helps me know how much energy and time I will need to put into the assignment allowing me to not worry much about it or to worry about it. That’s all depending on how much work there is if I worry or not. The final helpful tip was just focusing on the content of the assignment and not overthinking it too much.