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IN Lifestyle ON 27 May, 2015
We are all obsessed with American tv shows, aren't we? Everyone seems to want an "American Dream" however all that glitters is not gold and these shows are not the reflection of American lifestyle. Here are 10 things which you must read before you run to America wanting a roommate like Joey and a neighbour like Penny!
The daily life of a theoretical physicist is very different from what is shown in TBBT. Real theoretical physicists fly to conferences, hold meetings, publish and read papers, code and teach. Now go back to a day shown in TBBT, do you see any of that?
On the other hand are experimental physicists. They like to get their hands dirty. They mess with electrical circuits, play with lasers, build computer simulations and building really cool stuff! While Leonard is shown mostly busy trying to experiment with Penny!
This has been mentioned so many times but we'll repeat it here again. People from India are nothing like Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali. They can talk to girls without alcohol. There's a reason we're the second most populated country in the world! And yes, our dressing sense is also better than what is portrayed. By the way you might want to see how beautiful Rajesh's real wife is.
Suits is unrealistic too! Harvey and Mike as lawyers cover an enormously diverse range of topics- patents, mergers; acquisitions, commercial litigation, criminal defense, employment law for instance. However the law attorneys have a specialization in certain areas of law. You can't be a 'Mr. Know it all' lawyer. Being a lawyer is not as awesome as the show portrays!
Let's come to the sitcom we're all crazy about- F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Well, living in the United States is far from what they portrayed in the series. Yeah! People make friends but no one, literally no one has the time to sit for those long hours in a coffee shop. Usually the frequency of hanging out is once a week. People are busy in their careers.
If a friend has a marriage in London, not all of his friends can afford it. Yeah! Ross you were lucky.
This is something that perhaps applies to all shows- Affording expenses are really difficult, and it's not that easy to pick up women. Yes people do drink a lot of coffee but most of the time on their desks and on couches with funny anecdotes in their heads.
The sitcoms hardly show us the hardships of staying alone- there are responsibilities like paying bills, cooking, bringing groceries, cleaning, laundry and many more. And these are in addition to the work that you're doing.
Ever noticed that in F.R.I.E.N.D.S the six people hardly move out of their radius? It's not the same in real life, you have to interact with a lot of other people (you might hate most of them!). You surely want to hang out with your best friends and with people you like all the time but dear, this is not how life works! Bill Gates once remarked, Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs; That's the reality my friend, accept it!
Let's now switch sides. An American watching Indian shows- Do women in Indian houses dress like this? Are all of our houses as big as shown in those stupid saas-bahu shows? NO!