The Namesake: Arranged Marriages
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The women's movement in India: Action and reflection

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The womens movement in India is about women in power. It started when Ghandi started a march to make salt and he made it impossible for women to join but they pushed through and finally did. Later in 1960's women joined together to create political parties. This is relevant to the Nakesake because Amisha doesn't really have any rights as a woman while in India but she has hope now since this movement.

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It’s Arhmaan and Amaira for Ashita-Saillesh Gulabani

It’s Arhmaan and Amaira for Ashita-Saillesh Gulabani | The Namesake: Arranged Marriages | Scoop.it
The year 2012 turned to be a double celebration for Saillesh Gulabani and Ashita Dhawan Gulabani as the couple recently had been blessed with twin babies, a girl and a boy. Media was abuzz with the...
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In the news article about Saillesh Guabani and Ashita Gulabani called It’s Arhmaan and Amaira for Ashita-Saillesh Gulabani they share their naming ceremony and tradition for new borns. The couple had twin babies, a girl and a boy. One was born on the 19th and one on the 20th, they say that they are getting used to being parents and all that comes with that. The Media went crazy when they found out that she had a baby so when TOI finally got a hold of Ashita (the mother), the media was happy to hear that she was doing well. They asked about the babies, and of course their names since it was such an important thing to pick out the perfect name in India. The couples picked out a few names before the birth of their children and were so happy to find out that they had a boy and a girl. They got to pick their favorite boy name and one of the girl’s names they picked out! They named their children Arhmaan and Amaira for the babies. The naming ceremony was done with a small cultural ritual six days after the delivery. The ceremony is shared with a family and friends of the new parents.

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The Namesake is about a boy named Gogol. In the beginning, Ashmia and Ashoke move to America for Ashoke's job. Ashmia gives birth to Gogol but has to wait for her grandmothers letter from India which has the names of what her baby should be named. It never comes in the mail because Ashmia's grandmother gets so sick that she can barely remember who she is. So they deciede to name him after an author that Askoke was reading when he nearly died in a train accident. After Gogol is born they plan a trip to India but go about six weeks earlier because Ashmia's father had died. Gogol goes through his life trying to find his identity. Later when he enters Yale, he legally changes his name to Nikhil even though his parents try to show him the reasoning behind his name. He first falls in love with and gets deeply involved with her family. Gogol breaks up with her after his father dies.Ashmia wants Gogol to be happy so she tells him to date his friend from when he was little; Moushumi. After a year of dating, they get married but later in their marriage she cheats on him. They get divorced while Gogol's sister Sonia gets married in their homeland, Calcutta. The book ends with Gogol finally accepting and appreciating his name from reading one of the books from the author he is named after that his dad left him.

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A new study finds arranged marriages are happy.

A new study finds arranged marriages are happy. | The Namesake: Arranged Marriages | Scoop.it
In the United States, we think we know about arranged marriages: Your relatives choose your husband or wife, or present you with a limited pool of candidates, thereby diminishing your options and,...
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In this fairly recent news article called A surprising new look at arranged marriages, people have found new studies about the marriages. In the United States, its commonly thought that arranged marriages are just relatives choosing a mate without any options. Researchers put arranged marriage to the test to see what they could find. There was absolutely no difference with satisfaction or commitment from survives with people having their marriage arrange or not. Many of the researches people in arranged marriages from India stated that they got to choose if they really liked the person or not. If they didn’t like them, then they didn’t have to marry them. That was shocking to Regan because it was going against what most Americans think. She even believed that with our world being so connected with the Internet that arranged marriages were refreshing. They showed someone that wasn’t going to be on the social networks but someone that your parents were choosing for the right reasons. Also, Regan says that the reason it isn’t popular in the US is because we have so much research on relationships that it would be hard for us to try it. While people in India, don’t have any research on relationships so they don’t question if what they are doing could be different.

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'Unwanted' girls renamed in India

'Unwanted' girls renamed in India | The Namesake: Arranged Marriages | Scoop.it
More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean "unwanted" in Hindi are given a fresh start in a renaming ceremony.
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This world news article called "Unwanted Indian girls get new start in name ceremony" takes you through an Indian girl who wants to change her name. More than 200 girls names mean unwanted so the girls what to change their names, obviously. The women’s parents named them with the meaning of unwanted because they would have preferred a boy instead of a girl. The article shares with us that man are the more common gender in India. The number of girls to guys keeps increasing each year. The ceremony of changing names was taken place in Satara, which ironically is the lowest population of women. Many women of all ages from 1-20 came to receive a name change ceremony. A 15 year old girl changed her name to Ashmita meaning very tough in her language. Others reported they had decided their name with the help of friends. Girls made comments that it might be hard for people to get used to their name and that they are aware people will call them by their old name. They say that that’s okay but they hope people will find happiness in their new names. The new name is a new happiness for them also.

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The Meaning of Consuelo

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La nina seria, the serious child. That_s how Consuelo_s mother has cast her pensive, book-loving daughter, while Consuelo_s younger sister, Mili, is seen as vivacious-a ray of tropical sunshine.
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I would choose to read this novel next because its not just happy or just sad, it has alittle bit of both. It sounds like it would be very deep and protray how life actually is rather then a fairly tale world which is what was so great about The Nakesake.

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 Annaprasan is the ceremonies given to a baby were they reach the point in life that they can finally eat whole food instead of milk, which is rice. In Stars at Annaprasan party in Kolkata the ceremony is being held for Tutu Bose’s grandson. The baby is around a few months old when this is being held. Everyone who is everyone attends the party to see the baby. The decorations have to be over the top with flowers, festoons and figurines. Famous people even come to bless baby Hrijoy on his Annaprasan. Most of the higher classes, which include the celebs and polical power people, wear the traditional red and white clothing for it is the code of color for that occasion. While Hrijoy’s father, Srinjoy is being the most amazing host to everyone, his mother Nilanjana is taking care of him and also being a host. The part that everyone came for, the rice eating was unfortunately not available at their party. They couldn’t arrange the ceremony till a later date so they didn’t know if a lot of people would actually come. Nilanjana was very surprised that so many people showed up despite not having actual rice there.

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My Take: Forget falling in love. Try arranged marriage.

My Take: Forget falling in love. Try arranged marriage. | The Namesake: Arranged Marriages | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Ehud Sperling is founder and president of Inner Traditions International, one of the world's largest publishers of books on spirituality, religion, and holistic health.
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In the article My take: Forget falling in love. Try arrange marriage, Ehud Sperling takes us through his journey of the country that has done arrange marriages, and his own experience with it. He explains how arrange marriages were done back in the day and is not really in this modern era. Except for in India where it is still very popular because of the high rate of the couple staying together. Ehud states that it’s what people want; it’s not weird to them to not fully know their spouse beforehand. He shares that a couple from India that he met that had an arrange marriage had only been married for two weeks, acted like an old married couple. He was married twice and wanted to find real love. He decided he would try arranging marriage so he set out in India to find a man that would allow him to marry his daughter. Sperling and his future wife sent letters back and forth for a long time before allowing meeting her. He wanted to make sure their values and beliefs were similar. They later got married and have been together for 15 years; longer than any of his past marriages!

 

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Calcutta is the second biggest city in India with the most cultural people. It's known to be the city of sweets because they have the best desserts. Calcutta is a place full of history and culture.

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Insight - Arranged Marriage

It may not be widely known, but arranged and forced marriages are part of life in Australia. Insight: Tuesdays at 8:30pm on SBS One http://www.sbs.com.au/ins...
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Arrange marriages are common in many cultures. India happens to be one the biggest countries that practices it. In the video Insight: Arrange Marriages, it takes you through many different inputs on peoples personal outlooks on arrange marriages. One kid in particular named Daniel who loved arrange marriages because he believes that his mother really does know best. He thinks that since when guys in their 20’s look at women, all they see is lust but his mother will see the values of the women. He compares it to online dating but his mother is the website finding people for him. Daniels mother speaks about how its fun for her to find and search for people. She explains how it’s a huge network that she enjoys playing around with. Another man named Matten is a father of kids that had an arrange marriage and really loves his wife. He explains how he can’t wait to find people for his kids to marry. Matten’s mother chose his wife even though at first he didn’t want to but he respect that his mother had to know best. There is also a girl in the show named Sabina that doesn’t like it because she had a bad personal experience with it. She hated how she had no take on other the guy was right for her or not. Seeing different perspectives was very important in a topic like this.

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