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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

             You wake up one day in your place of native origin. All your life you have lived there and with that came close bonds and friendships with all your fellow family members, and natives. Everyone is living happily and comfortably, enjoying each other's company with their countries spoken language, unique to you all and foreign to nonnatives. Wouldn't that be quite the life to live? Now transition your mind to this next scenario, your spouse has just been given a great job offer, one that could immensely improve your living conditions. Here's the catch, this new job will require you and your spouse to relocate to a far off place, and away from home in which where your race and culture projected the majority of the population, now you represent the lowest percentage of minorities. In this new place, the people who make up the civilization speak a different language, they act differently from what you're used to back at home. Adding to the horror, if you ever needed help just to get around this new country, you do not have a family member or anyone with close ties to you here, because everyone important to you is a million miles away from you. This new home compared to your originally home is like the comparison of day and night. What a very frightening situation to be in, that introduces main idea of this essay I want to point, which is immigrants migrating from their homes onto foreign lands, is a daunting experience. It is a task too difficult for them to handle, as you are forced to leave behind everything you loved and get accustomed to a new way of living. This is the reality that main character Ashima Ganguli faces in the book "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. Ashima Ganguli represents every expatriate who are reluctant to execute change or adapt to a culture that is not of their mother culture. Like the scenario introduced to you earlier, you and Ashima represent a diaspora.

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