F.R.I.E.D

Like the few other million people in this world, I too, watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And continue to watch reruns whenever I can. The time I used ...

Like the few other million people in this world, I too, watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And continue to watch reruns whenever I can. The time I used to see the show, Amma would brush it off as 'just another TV show' and never really bothered.

Couple of days back, when I was watching a re-run, I didn't really expect a change.
Big Mistake.

I was seeing the re-run most intently [The one with the male nanny] and my mother plopped next to me.

"Ennadi paakara?" [What you watching?]

"Friends, ma"

"Idhu andha serial dhaane?" [It's that serial right?]

"Ya ma"

She watches for sometime and also sees me giggling at Ross' antics.

"Ennadi solraanga? Onnume purila. Avan yaaru?"
[What are they saying? I don't get it. And who's that guy?]

"Ross, ma"

"Apo andha ponnu?"

[Then who's the girl?]

"Rachel"

"Adhu avaaloda kozhandhaiya?"

[Is that their baby?]

"Aama"

[Ya]

"So Ross-um Rachel-um husband wife dhaane?"

[So they are husband-wife right?]

"Illa ma"

[No ma]

My mothers eyes go wide.

"Ennadi solra, ava rendu paerum orey apartment-la irukka, KOZHANDHA irukku, aana ava husban wife illaya?"

[What are you saying? They are in the same apartment, they have a BABY, but they aren't husband-wife?]

My mouth turns dry. I try to explain it to her.

"Illa ma, live-in relationship maari vechukoyen."

[No ma, it's like a live-in relationship]

"Apo ava rendu paerum othotharoda paduthundrukkaala?"

[So they've slept with each other?]

I blink at her bluntness.

"Apdinnu vechukoyen"

[Yeah I guess]

"Aama, andha rachel oda amma appakku theriyuma? Kozhandha paththi?"

[Ok, do rachel's parents know about the baby?]

Clearly, all those Sun TV mega serials have left a deep impact on her.

"Haan, theriyum"

[yea, they know]

"Cha, ponna control panna therila, enna amma appa? Indha Americans-ey ipdidhaan, culture-ey illa!"

[What, don't they know how to control their daughter? God!]

"Uh, sollamudiyaathu. Maybe they were ok with it"


"What ok? Love pannu, seri oththukalaam, aana kalyanam pannama kozhandha peththupaala? Andha Rachel thappichcha, If I were her mother, things would have been different."

I swallow. And change the channel.

"Yaen channel-a maathara? Adha vei, nee enna paakarennu enakku theriyanum."

[Why you changing the channel? Keep it, I want to see what you watch]

My mother continues to watch it and give her feedback, while I continue to swallow my own spit.

"Andha ponnu yaaru?"

"Phoebe ma"

"Ava andha payyanoda dhaana irundha? Yenna paeru...aan, Mike. Avan yen indha aal oda irukka ippo?"

[Wasn't she with that guy, mike? Why is she with this guy now?]

"Illa ma, David avaloda ex-boyfriend"

"Pazhe boyfriend dhaana? Yen kiss adikara apdina?"

[Ex boyfriend right? then why is she kissing him?]

"Innum pudichirko ennamo"

[Maybe she still likes him]

"Chi chi, enna pombala ava."

"Ammaaa..."

And it didn't stop. She just went on. And on. And on. I do believe that it was the longest half hour of my life. And I ran out of saliva to swallow as well.
When the credits came on (finally), she left the living room saying something about how "Pasanga indha maari programme paathu kettu kuttichavura pora".

I made a mental note that day to watch the show on the computer from now.


Mothers.

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15 comments

  1. Man, watching Friends with parents - not a good idea, even though it is tamer than many contemporary US sitcoms.

    I am trying to imagine what your conversation with mom would be like for some of the other famous (notorious?) episodes:for example, the bathroom incident (one where Chandler and Rachel compete to see each others 'tats') :-)

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  2. :). Maybe your mom's, will all her subtelty, telling you not to do a 'Rachel'.

    -Ok

    P.S. Back:)

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  3. crap lavanya..that was the most funniest post i have ever read in my entire life!!! seriously..u have done it again girl..forget all the ca stuff and write full time..u are so meant to do this!!

    PS:plus it helps that i know tamil..so it funnier!!:)

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  4. lol .... i sit to watch friends ... and my mom only enquires why am i watchig teh reruns she used to be great fan of friends ... but now she doesnt have time ...she is the one who does the explaining at times ....
    the same doesnt happen with my dad , i have to chage the change the channel...

    p.s. never watch blod and beautiful in front of your parents

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  5. haha, its sure better than havin your mum laughing out loud and REPEATING it all for the effect!

    jeez. I watch friends, 11:30 pm episode when everyone's asleep :P

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  6. lollooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
    i swear i cant stop lafing.....lol...jus today on mtv some1 said 'how mant time do u type lol n laf out loud" lol i just did now........gosh...its soooo funny...n i swear that bout sun tv serials... i mean i actually love 2 watch n sit n predict those dialouges...my mom laughs but if my paati were there shell get all pissed off n pull up a chair inches from the tv n watch frm there....
    but anyway, my moms not like that. i love friends but i want watch a thing due to timelessness..sigh..... but that kettu kuttichavara aardhu is like THE limit....lol... my dadll always say dat to me....cio den n loved your post big time

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  7. Huh! One more of those TAMIL comedies!! U r good at it, i can say.. bringing those Day to Day happenings, right infront as I read.. Cool going... :)

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  8. Lavanya no doubts as all those nice wordings goes "Quite Stupendous Writing"

    Hail Lavanya !!!

    ...Js 1 question n dis funny note , hw do u c ur self as a mother say 30 years down de lane watchin ur daughter find her self glued 2 even more culturally written off sitcoms(no harm 2 friends though) and well would u be still gulping more of ur salivas or would it be the traditional uproar of "Intha gallatha Kozhanthagay...."
    ;-P :-) :-D :-P

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  9. 3 things to say.

    1. Hi. I am new here.
    2. Are you crazy? how can you watch that show with your mom. Thank your stars this wasn't the episode where phoebe was pregnant with her brother's triplets...THAT ...well, it would have been hard to explain, but from an outsider's POV it would have been such a funny scenario.
    3. Lesson learned. Buy friends dvd. Watch on computer.

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  10. hahaha wonder what ur mom would have to say i she watched the 'phoebe plays surrogate mother for her bro' episode...:p

    hilarious post!!

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  11. That was a good post..with the originality of the situation with tamil dialogues.

    I can relate many instances of the same with my mom while watching FRIENDS too...

    Keep up the good work.

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  12. That was a good post..with the originality of the situation with tamil dialogues.

    I can relate many instances of the same with my mom while watching FRIENDS too...

    Keep up the good work.

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  13. hahaha wonder what ur mom would have to say i she watched the 'phoebe plays surrogate mother for her bro' episode...:p

    hilarious post!!

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  14. lol .... i sit to watch friends ... and my mom only enquires why am i watchig teh reruns she used to be great fan of friends ... but now she doesnt have time ...she is the one who does the explaining at times ....
    the same doesnt happen with my dad , i have to chage the change the channel...

    p.s. never watch blod and beautiful in front of your parents

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  15. Lavanya no doubts as all those nice wordings goes "Quite Stupendous Writing"

    Hail Lavanya !!!

    ...Js 1 question n dis funny note , hw do u c ur self as a mother say 30 years down de lane watchin ur daughter find her self glued 2 even more culturally written off sitcoms(no harm 2 friends though) and well would u be still gulping more of ur salivas or would it be the traditional uproar of "Intha gallatha Kozhanthagay...."
    ;-P :-) :-D :-P

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