After reading "By Any Other Name" parts of the memoire show that names, despite your surroundings, do matter. Although one can make separate identities by their name they are entitled to, their roots will always bring them back to who they were in the beginning. Santha Rama Rau proves this points through various aspects of her memoire. Santha's sister Premila expresses that she no longer wants to be in community with her as Pamela at lunch. Nalini, also called Nancy, is an example of a person with dual personality. However, the story mentions in the end that even though Nalini was Nancy on the outside, she still missed her Indian culture. As for Premila, her roots show up when she and her Indian friends were mistreated as cheaters. "You can bury a dog's tail for seven years and it still comes out curly, and you can take Britisher away from his home for a lifetime and he still remains insular" is a quote mentioned in the memoire. This is an insight to human nature that talks about how the origin and heart of someone cannot be changed permamentely.
I had a the same ideas as the Santha Rama Rau. I think that my surroundings will never be able to have a permanent effect on me mentally. If I ever come across with a new culture, therefore somewhat a new name or identity, I'll most likely go along with it. Being someone else, and having dual personalities will definitely happen. However as time goes my, aspects of my real self will start to show, and as I fit in to the new culture, I'll be back to my roots once again. New surroundings can take people off guard and often insecure, but once they realize that they can be themselves again, they'll be back on track.