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Ho Chi Minh City and ‘The Namesake’

I could not wish another book to be by my side: The Namesake. I am about to leave Ho Chi Minh City; named after the national hero Uncle Ho.

The protagonist in the book; Gogol or Nikhil, I; Emel or Ema and the city; we all have names changed, fathers lost, became who we are through unforseen incidents, and now living once unimaginable lives. Hence the strong connection to the book and HCMC…

From the first moment in the city I felt ‘at home’ and this stay of 10 days was not planned but was forced upon us with unexpected extra paper work for our Thai visa application, a pleasant surprise…

We met old friends by surprise and new friends that we want to meet again.

We ate a lot! Our daily quest for vegetarian (chay) food became an adventure.

Had Lotssssss and lotttttsssss of coffee…

and even managed to did mandala drawing workshop!

Today I leave this city, leaving also the stuff that I don’t need anymore in the hotel room. In a way it feels as if we have packed only for a vacation, to come back one day.

Doing my morning routine for the last time ; having a banh mi from the lady in the corner and a coffee i will let ‘The Namesake” summarise how i feel for this farewell.

“…he feels the slight nostalgia it is sometimes possible to feel at the end of an extended stay in a foreign place, taking in the details that will soon evaporate from his mind

Another book catches his eye. The Short Stories of Nikolai Gogol. “For Gogol Ganguli” , it says in his father’s handwritimg. “The man who gave you his name, from the man who gave you your name”… The first thing his father has given him.”

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