From chapter 9 of the novel The Namesake, while Nikhil was at Moushumi friend's house for a dinner with Colin, Louise, Astrid, Donald, and other friends, the discussing at the table was about name because Astrid is expecting a baby. Unfortunately Moushumi has mentioned that Nikhil has changed his name which was a secret for Nikhil. Therefore he got angry at Moushumi, and regretted for having told her the story because she turns it to a joke. After all Nikhil admitted that " there's no such thing as a perfect name. I think that human beings should be allowed to name themselves when they turn eighteen.Until then, pronouns." However i complete disagree with Nikhil because names are very significant for parents.
First of all, in some cultures, names are choosing from events that happen during the pregnancy of the mother. For example, in the novel The Namesake, that is almost the same thing that happened to Gogol when Ashoke named him. Even though Nikhil is on his thirtieth now, i believe still today he regrets why he has changed his name after finding out the meaning of it. On the other hand, nowadays if i had to name myself until at age eighteen, i would not know the meaning of my name because i would just choose a name that is sound nice. As a result, that might lead me to a point of loosing my culture, ans my identity.
Consequently, if Nikhil has being waiting until he turns eighteen to name his self, i think he would choose a name that has a cool meaning.