The Question and Answer section for The Namesake is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Gogol is the son of Ashima and Ashoke, named after the Russian author Nikolai Gogol. He changes his name to Nikhil the summer before starting college. He is "just shy of six feet tall, his body slender, his thick brown-black hair slightly in need...
C. change his mind about which name he prefers
Gogol is the protagonist of the story. He is a boy so he has many dreams of the family invested in him.