Czech Culture & Adaptation Multicultural Family

A balancing act

August 14, 2009
tower of smooth stones on a rocky beach

Reaping the benefits of transitions

Having finally gotten an extended chance to read for pleasure on our recent holiday, I enjoyed, among other books, the novel, The Namesake (2003) by Jhumpa Lahiri. I was struck by the theme of the multi-cultural family. The main character Gogol Ganguli struggles to find a balance between his Indian heritage and his American upbringing. Gogol described his family’s regular visits to Calcutta, India as a surreal experience that neither his well-meaning relatives in India nor his close friends back in America could fully relate to.

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