Self-discovery (A Personal Response to Jhumpa Lahiri's the Namesake)
“You are still free.” He said, spreading his hands apart for emphasis.“Do yourself a favor. Before it is too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.” (Page 16)
Early mornings, when he senses that she is quietly crying, he puts an arm around her but can think of nothing to say, feeling that it is his fault, for marrying her, for bringing her here. (Page 33)
Whilst reading this part of The Namesake that talks about seeing the world, I feel so much related with the novel. It is not that I have already traveled abroad and experienced living in a different culture, but it is that I feel what the young Ashoke felt. I always thought that I could see the world only by googling on the internet or making friends with native people on Facebook. Yet, I soon realized that the world was not as small as that. When I thought I was seeing the world through my computer, actually I was not seeing the world but just playing with my computer. The one and only way to see the world is to step my feet out of the door and get involved in the real pluralist society. My desire to travel around the world becomes stronger each day. Not only about traveling,this desire is also about discovering my true personality and finding a bigger talent that I have inside me. I want to drive a car on the right side of the road. I want to get lost in a city that I have never been before. I want to eat strange-tasted food as much as I can. I want to share a flat with a stranger. I want to write (because I love writing very much) about new things around me and post it on my blog. I want to embrace my fears by living alone without boundaries and limitations. I want to experiment myself: what will I do if I live in a country whose culture is different with mine. By living abroad,I want to explore my talents in order to evolve myself even more. One day, I believe that I will do these things.