Blind dating plot summary
Ashoke takes a visiting professorship outside Cleveland and moves there for the academic year.
He comes home every three weeks to see Ashima and take care of household chores.
The family observes traditional Bengali mourning practices, from which Maxine feels excluded.
Years pass, and the family settles into the modest house in the suburbs, on Pemberton Road.As the family prepares for its first trip back to Calcutta, Ashoke and Ashima learn that Ashima’s father has died suddenly. Ashima, especially, misses her parents and her home in Calcutta, despite the family’s growing network of Bengali friends in the Boston area.The Gangulis move to a Boston suburb, a university town where Ashoke has found a job teaching electrical engineering.Ashoke, nearly killed in a train accident as a young man in India, decides that the boy’s nickname, or pet name, should be Gogol, after Nikolai Gogol, the Russian writer.Ashima and Ashoke agree to register the boy’s legal name as “Gogol.”Gogol is Ashoke’s favorite author, in part because Ashoke was reading Gogol during the train accident.
But Ashima’s grandmother, who has the ceremonial honor of naming the boy, suffers a stroke, and her letter with Gogol’s official name is lost in the mail.