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Tom and Jerry – Childhood Revisited

Sunday mornings were always awesome when we were growing up because Tom and Jerry would come on the television in the morning and we were allowed to eat breakfast while watching them! I know I started eating cheese only because Jerry loved it and always drooled when he saw cheese. As a child, I always felt bad for Jerry because the poor guy was being tortured by the big, mean Tom. Now I realize that it was poor Tom who was being hurt and yelled at and thrown out of the house because of sneaky little Jerry! But I still think Jerry is cuter than Tom and I would happily pick a stuffed toy of Jerry over Tom’s.

For some strange reason, Tom and Jerry hardly shows on TV anymore! I know there has been a lot of debate about the show because it promotes ‘violence among children’ but I don’t think we ever thought of trying any of those tricks when we were young! We just laughed a lot at the sheer simplicity of the pranks and the running around trying to get each other. I mean, even when I was super annoyed with my kid brother, I never wanted to put him in the freezer or try and get a mouse trap to snap on his hands just because I saw it on the show! πŸ™‚ I do hope the people opposing it has a strong reason to do so. Cartoons today just don’t seem to hold the same appeal.

My favorite Tom and Jerry show is the one where Jerry makes Tom believe that Tom has measles! It always makes me laugh no matter what! I can’t get over the awesome imagination that the creators had. To think of all these things up really does take some creative minds. I always wondered and still wonder what the maid’s face is like. They always show the lower half of her body.

I can’t help try to think of the wonderful lessons Tom and Jerry have taught me:

  1. Just because someone is your “enemy”, it doesn’t mean you don’t help them in times of need.
  2. Friends always stick up for their friends.
  3. A love-hate relationship can exist.
  4. Always watch carefully what you bite into – it could be your tail!
  5. Sun bathing is the BEST way to relax.
  6. Music can bring you together.
  7. Pies are not meant to be eaten – they are supposed to be thrown in other people’s’ faces (!) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I am so glad I could find a few of the episodes from a friend. This Sunday morning, I’ll be getting my cereal and a cube of cheese and will be watching my Tom and Jerry shows! Can’t imagine any better way to spend Sunday morning! πŸ˜€



Day 1: Marrying Anita: A quest for love in the New India by Anita Jain

It was a Tuesday when I decided to get this book from my local library to read for my work day.Β  I think I picked this book up because, like every other 20 something Indian girl, there was (is) an immense social pressure to get married. On that particular day,Β  I felt like I needed answers and I have no idea why I thought this book would give me those answers!

So, I did pick up this book and after checking the 5 emails I received(2 junk emails), I began reading this book at 9:45 am.

Marrying Anita begins by describing Anita’s dating life in the US. She is a 30 something, single, never married journalist who had spent her 20s in far off places looking for interesting stories.Β  Now that she’s back in the US, she realizes she misses the company of a man. But all the men she meets don’t seem like the kinds she would want to marry and very few are those that she even wants to date again! To top it all, her parents want her to get married and have already asked her to meet some ‘eligible suitors’ they have found on the matrimonial websites.

Anita decides to take off to India and look for love the old-fashioned way through the arranged marriage system. The book talks about her journey in the ‘New India’ as she calls its.Β  She talks about her friends who are married either through ‘love marriage’ orΒ  ‘arranged marriage’ where they seem more at peace with their spouses with luxuries such as house help and freedoms like working, smoking and drinking. On other hand, she also talks about life in India – how difficult it is to rent a flat, finding good help etc. She seems surprised by how little the ‘New India’ is from the US. She does make friends, meet a few interesting people here and there and talks about her search for her soul mate.

I wish I could tell you whether she did meet her soul mate or not, but I was unable to keep reading. Anita Jain’s writing style is interesting but maybe it isn’t meant for those Indians who have been raised in India. If nothing, it seemed a little odd that the ‘New India’ could surprise an NRI as much. The book was more in awe of the ‘New India’ and it would have been better titled as ‘Relationships in the New India’.

While the book helped me pass about 5 hours of my 12 hour day, it didn’t really give me anything to take away. I still am as confused as ever about how you find your soul mate or how do arranged marriages work today. Do you meet the ‘boy’ once or do you meet him many times? Do you get engaged in a week of knowing each other or do you spend a few months together before you make any decision? How do you know if someone is right for you or not????

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