The Namesake Fun Activities

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Construct models or draw pictures of the inside of a typical home in India similar to that of the Ganguli family's relatives in India. Make a second model of a another home in America decorated in a way the Ganguli family might decorate theirs.

A Play

Write and produce a play with two or three characters in which Gogol Ganguli is starting Middle School and explaining his heritage and life story to two new American friends.


Find or create a sari and explain to the class how it is worn, by whom, and why. Also explain why Indian women such as Ashima Ganguli often wear it when living in other countries where Saris are not customary.


Prepare and serve (or find pictures of) a sampling of native Indian dishes such as Ashima Ganguli might serve to her Indian friends in America who are standing in...

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