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Right from teenagers to their parents, the series FRIENDS has something for everyone. The author, too, is a fan. Here are eight lessons, it taught her!
Right from teenagers to their parents, the series F.R.I.E.N.D.S. has something for everyone. The author, too, is a fan. Here are eight lessons, it taught her!
It has been 15 years since the series ended, yet reruns of the show continue to be popular. I thought my husband and I were the exceptions. But the number of people I know who still catch episodes of this sitcom, on all their Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hotstar streaming is astonishing!
I come across several situations where I am reminded of something from the series that brings a smile to my face. Often I find myself recollecting the reactions or dialogues of the stars of the show. Critics may dismiss this as an oversimplification of life and not believing in all that we see on TV but there’s always something to learn from everything.
Here are some life lessons Friends taught me:
Phoebe remained confident and independent despite never having a stable job or for that matter anything conventional in her life. Her crazy childhood, dysfunctional family and mother’s suicide could’ve impacted her greatly. But she proved that it’s not the end of the world as long as you have loving friends.
Rachel pursues a full-fledged career after running away from her own wedding. She starts from scratch and works her way up the corporate ladder with determination and hard work. So many of us exploring alternate career choices were inspired by that.
Monica, ‘a born mother,’ in Chandler’s words, could not conceive but that didn’t stop her from becoming a parent. Her maternal instincts were evident in the way she took care of all her friends and became the glue that held them all together.
Ross and Rachel- one can’t imagine one of them without the other and it shows the nerdy guy can end up with the hot girl. Relationships are more real and one has to overlook the superficial image of school days to see the real person.
Monica is the perfect example of it. She keeps her eyes on the prize and works hard to complete the perfect picture – a good job, loving husband and children. None of these came easily to her but she never gives up.
Joey is another example who never gives up finding love and becoming a successful actor. It’s all about trying every time but never despairing
They gave hope to people everywhere that it is okay to adopt if one can’t have a child.
Rachel redefines the convention. She proves that a successful executive not planning motherhood can rise to the challenge to become a single mother. And a good one at that. She proved that she could actually manage it all.
Chandler showed he was a ‘man’ in the true sense of the word (in my opinion) when he was comfortable with Monica being the more successful and attractive one. It is okay to be secure in who you are and you need not be the smartest or the most accomplished or the best looking to find the right friends.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the most popular sitcom – F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
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Prerna Wahi worked in the corporate world for 7 years. In the past few years, she has been a stay-at-home mom. She has been enjoying the new role ever since and likes to read more...
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Indian students dream of studying abroad, but these deaths and the racism we feel ask the question - are we travelling there to only lose our lives?
Trigger warning: This speaks of racism and death of Indian students, and may be triggering to survivors.
Today morning while I was on my way to the office, I was scrolling Instagram and immediately my eyes got stuck on a post having the headline, “US Policeman ran over an Indian Student in Seattle”. Jaahnavi Kandula, a 23-year-old Northeast University Graduate student from Andhra Pradesh was struck and killed in January this year by a Seattle cop, Kevin Dave, while driving 74 mph on the way to a report of an overdose call.”
Further, I read that the investigating agency while watching the body-worn camera that captured the whole incident, were laughing and joking about the death and commented that her life had “limited value”. If the deceased had been a US citizen, would they have behaved in the similar way, I feel not?
It is important that IWD celebrations include steps that steer away from gender stereotypes, and perhaps offer the true support women need.
The International Women’s Day (IWD) blitzkrieg has started.
Usually, the onset of March brings with it advertisements for items that range from jewellery, apparel, cosmetics and other items that are associated with women. On 8th March, this messaging, which is rooted in consumer capitalism, is followed by messages that reinforce the superwoman myth as well as force feed the stereotype of a woman who is gentle, sacrificing, beautiful, and more. Corporates and organizations will join the bandwagon and organize events that will range from tokenism to woke-ism. The pink decorations and freebies like salon and spa vouchers will again reflect the gendered social and consumer profiles women are associated with; and there will formulaic speeches about women empowerment.
With each passing year, this buzz and hype around IWD becomes bigger and bigger; then why do we see glaring gaps in gender equality?
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