Hey, Adam here. The Nintendo Switch is coming out tomorrow along with Breath of the Wild and I’m ecstatic! Some people already have it early and I am quite jealous of them. I wish I had the money to buy it… This game looks very interesting and something I would love to spend a lot of time on unlike chapters 5 to 7 of The Namesake which I read
on the last two days this past week.
I guess saying it was very boring to read this section is an exaggeration since I found the section talking about the Ratliff’s to be quite interesting, but other than that I did not enjoy part two that much. Despite my boredom, I was still able to connect to Gogol’s desire to live independently, away from his parents, and the moment when he learned the past behind his name and dad.
When I read “But now it is his room at Yale where Gogol feels most comfortable,” I thought to myself that is probably how I would feel when I move out to go to university later this year (Lahiri 108). Gogol feels most comfortable there because he feels like he can finally be himself (Nikhil) now that he is not with his parents which I can relate to. Like a stereotypical teenager, I get annoyed by what my parents say sometimes. The most annoying thing they say is to go to sleep earlier as if they think I do not understand that not getting enough sleep is bad for me and that I am incapable of going to sleep without having someone telling me to. I know that getting less than 8 hours of sleep is not good for my health and as a result I have been making efforts this year to sleep earlier, and I know that they are saying it because they care about me, but I can’t help but find it annoying and unnecessary to tell me every single day. Therefore, I find the idea of living independently and away from your parents very appealing.
On the subject of parents, when Gogol is listening to his father talking about the train accident from his past, Gogol feels that “for an instant his father is a stranger, a man who has kept a secret, […] a man whose past he does not fully know” it reminded me of a conversation with my dad (123). My dad and I were discussing things about university which lead him to talking about his tough experience with being an immigrant and getting a good job here in Canada. I felt uncomfortable learning about his past as well as awkward because this was very unusual, but I developed an appreciation for the fortunate opportunities I have and for my dad who had to work extremely hard to get to where he is now. I realized how little I know about my parents and what they had to go through by leaving China to search for a better life in Canada. They’re like strangers to me, especially because I do not talk to them often, similar to Gogol feeling like Ashoke is a stranger to him because he knew so little about him.
All in all, even though I did not enjoy chapters 5 to 7 of The Namesake, I still connected to the sections where it talks about Gogol and his parents. It made me think about how much of a teenager I am and how little I know about my parents. And now, after typing all of that, I feel that I should try to talk to my parents more often and get to know them a little more.
Do you get annoyed by your parents? What do you think about living independently? Can you imagine yourself doing so? Let me know in the comments below.
(I found the original owner of the cat meme in the featured image here: Persian Cat Room Guardian by AnyaBoyz)