In my opinion, the main issue of this book is not about the proper choice (or not) of a child’s name by his parents when they try to keep a Bengali tradition.
The author’s challenge was to show how different cultures can collide to each other in very simple questions. First, Gogol denies his background by refusing his father simple explanation for their name’s choice. Only when he reaches his full maturity, he finds the real motivation for his namesake.
I personally didn’t like the character of Moushumi Mazumdar who is totally disconnected to her own identity.
A magnificent book, no doubt about that.
A very interesting movie The Namesake (2006) was adapted to this book.