Published in 2003, The Namesake is one of only a handful couple of books that impeccably catch the throbs of misfortune, the hurt that takes after losing a parent, and the wild voyage one must attempt to acknowledge oneself totally. Jhumpa Lahiri pulled at our heartstrings with this book.
The Namesake is additionally one of the not very many books that got a film it merited. Directed by acclaimed producer Mira Nair, the film stayed consistent with the ethos of the novel, and in the meantime, contributed something of its own to the story.
Here are 10 quotes from The Namesake that will stay as ageless as the story.
#1. “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.”
#2. “Somehow, bad news, however ridden with static, however filled with echoes, always manages to be conveyed.”
#3. “Remember that you and I made this journey together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.”
#4. Gogal: “Do I remind you of that night?” Ashok : “Not at all… You remind me of everything that followed.”
#5. “Like pregnancy, being a foreigner, Ashima believes, is something that elicits the same curiosity from strangers, the same combination of pity and respect.”
#6. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
#7. “Pet names are a persistent remnant of childhood, a reminder that life is not always so serious, so formal, so complicated. They are a reminder, too, that one is not all thing to all people.”
#8. “They were things for which it was impossible to prepare but which one spent a lifetime looking back at, trying to accept, interpret, comprehend.”
#9. “Without a single grandparent or parent or uncle or aunt at her side… She can’t help but pity him. She has never known of a person entering the world so alone, so deprived.”
#10. “It’s easier to surrender to confinement.”