In "The Namesake," what are some differences between Maxine and Moushumi?

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The main difference, which is fairly obvious and perhaps overly so to be stated, is that Maxine is not Indian, wheras Moushumi is.  This difference, though blatant and obvious, actually plays a huge role in the novel, because there are many innate traits that come attached with it, and are what initially draws Gogul to them.  He is first drawn to Maxine because she isn't Indian, and has such a different lifestyle than the one that he grew up with.  Later, ironically, it is Moushumi's heritage and...

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