For two strangers who are engaged within three weeks, Ashima and Ashoke do share similar characteristics as American newlyweds do. In fact, one can compare their first encounter as a fairy tale. Ashima tries on a pair of unknown shoes and they fit perfectly. Ashoke’s shoes does intrigue her for, unlike her other suitors, he is from the United States. There is something about Ashoke’s foreignness that catches her intention. Her feet feeling his sweat is similar to love at first sight, or in this case love at first touch. “It was the closest thing she had ever experienced to the touch of a man” (8). Ashima has not even caught a glimpse of her future husband; yet he grabs her attention. Their first physical encounter is more like a job interview, but both Ashoke and Ashima steal a quick glance at each other. A quick peep is another way of telling them how beautiful an...
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... has made her more open-minded and stronger when they were both strangers in a new land.
Despite the cultural differences, Ashoke and Ashima do love each other emotionally and physically because of their arranged marriage. Their first year of marriage is a first year of dating: getting to know someone, petty arguments, and worrying about the future. The only difference is Ashoke does not to worry about finding his soul mate. Ashima and Ashoke have a completely different notion of love and marriage than Gogol. They see love as a bond between marriage and families; Gogol admits that he is more interested in sex. They know that devotion is between them and do not have to be like Gerald and Lydia. From 1968 to 2000, Ashoke and Ashima do show their affection by learning each other’s interests, admiring the babies they produced, and calling each other just to say “hello”.
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