In "The Namesake", what is like for Ashima away from her culture and family?

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Painful and isolating--over many years she makes friends in the Indian community in Boston, and her children and husband bring her happiness. But when her husband dies and her two children are independent, Ashima can finally return home. She has never fully assimilated in America, but she has put down important roots, hence her decision to spend six months in India and six months in the US.

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