Weekend Updates

07 Nov

Inspired by R’s Mom, here I am with my weekend updates. It’s a long long post, beware folfs!!!

Friday evening Abbas came back early from office and we got picked up in Bulu. Yayay!!! It was pouring horrendously. Made some ultra hot Kancha Lonka Chicken and rice for dinner… Fed kids first and then asked them to do their homework. I prefer them to finish off homework on Friday evenings only,  I sign their diaries and keep in their bags coz I already have a hundred things to do on Monday mornings while I find it hard to move my lazy butt around. They were supposed to write X. Abbas volunteered to sit with them. (RM, are you listening?) They made mistakes and Abbas thought he’ll simply ignore and swore not to touch the eraser. Mannu got into my shoes and began rubbing those ‘dancing’ lines to write better. And guess what? Tammu also recognized her mistakes and was asking Mannu to rub. I sported an evil grin on my face to see an irritated Abbas who obviously thought I had SPOILED his kids. Hehehe…

Saturday morning saw me jumping in joy like a kid on seeing candy. Meena (our domestic help) brought home bride for my Tulsi plant. (It was a small Red Tulsi called Krishna Tulsi, which is placed besides Tulsi during Pujas). When I went to Balcony for planting the new entrant, I saw a rose bloom and a bud in our rose plant. This plant was brought home by Abbas about 4-5 months ago and we never saw a single flower blossom ever since. Ma used to take care of plants when she was here and I hardly visited the balcony. Ever since Ma left, I have taken over watering them. And I used to talk to the rose plant often and tell it that “Show me one flower at least sometime please”. I had read somewhere that plants grow when we talk to them or something on those lines. I guess it worked or may be its seasonal. I have no clue. I called Ma and told and she was elated too.

I told Ma that Mantam’s day care is closed on Monday (Bakr Eid) but both Abbas n I need to go to work. So she asked me to cook some Mutton dish on Sunday night itself as I need to go to work at 7AM in the morning next day. That’s one of the biggest advantage of having a MIL who is/was a working woman. She will never judge you on the compromises you make due to your work demands. She will in fact empathize and share shortcuts, workarounds and tips with you as she has sailed in the same boat decades ago.

Post lunch, Mantam went off for a nap. Abbas and I exchanged roles, he was paying bills online and I lazed in front of the TV. I was watching ‘Jab We Met’ from the scene where Geet was eloping. Aditya tells her that what she was doing was wrong but she says that she wants to be responsible for all that she did in her life. My mind went to flashback when I did the same thing. I knew I was wrong when I thought from my family’s perspective. But I listened to my heart. Lemme digress!

Once Mantam woke up, we went to an Eye Hospital as I had to check my eyes. Lately I have been getting frequent splitting headaches and my eyes feel heavy and strained when I work. We had taken a few biscuits so that Mantam could munch on them in Bulu. Both the brats said they were not hungry and as soon as we took an appointment and waited in the lounge for our turn, Mannu started her fav mantra “Kichu Khabo”… My token number was called out and I went through the preliminary test, I read out alphabets and numbers. They asked me to wait outside. When I came out, a hungry Mannu was at her crankiest best “Mamma…. Kichu Khabo…” My name was called out and I went in yet again to another doc. She saw the test report and said that my eyes seemed normal but they had to do a dilation test which would take an hour’s time. The words “Kichu Khabo” echoed in my ears and I told the doc that I will come some other day. She seemed to be of the opinion that my headaches could be because of some muscular imbalance in the eyes. After the dilation test, they would suggest some exercise which would suffice to treat my ailment. Abbas bought a packet of chips and two tetra packs of LMN for them.

We went to Total Mall for our monthly grocery shopping. Mantam were in fultoo shopping fervor. They picked up anything that caught their fancy and asked me or Abbas – “Eta nebo?” (Shall I take this?”) They loved picking things up and loading our shopping cart. When we finally reached the veggie section, all four of us were distressed and psyched out to say the least. They were pissed off coz most goodies they chose did not get a nod from their parents and we were agitated responding to a million queries. I made the whining twins sit near the billing counter and lectured them on behavioral norms. I went on with my speech for the thumb-sucking audience were patiently listening. Finally Mannu said “Ye chahiye, Wo chahiye bolbo na mamma” and gave me a hug. Tammu also followed suit. Our moods converted from grumpy to peppy.

Before calling it a day, I decorated 4 tiny li’l palms with Mehndi designs that brightened 2 pair of eyes!

Sunday morning after breakfast and preparing lunch, I sat to watch Masterchef India (repeat telecast) and while watching TV, decorated an empty earthen pot with M-seal. I’ll paint it soon. It took me almost an hour to complete. Will paint it soon.

Took a brief nap post lunch. In the evening, made Idli batter, roasted mung Dal, and prepared Biryani…

Concluding the post with a few pics of the roses, Mehndi, pots, and Mantam’s new hairstyle. I have always wanted to grow their hair and I can now tie a small pony. Yipppeee! Dunno till when I’ll have the patience to take care of their hair. As of now I’m loving it 😀

The first rose that blossomed in our balcony
Rose bud
The duo
Two pair of hands. Can you notice that both their left thumbs are bare? That’s coz they suck that thumb while they’re asleep.
M-seal flower


Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Uncategorized


24 responses to “Weekend Updates

  1. Bikram

    November 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    🙂 THe last two pics are the best 🙂 god bless them both.

    Mehendi looks good and the rose bud awesome .. sadly winter is upon us now here in uk hence the plants are all dieing or shedding all .. not a good sign ..

    The chicken yummy i need that 🙂


    • Seema

      November 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Bikram.

      It is disheartening to see the plants shedding and dying. 😦

      You are coming to Bangalore na? Come home, will make that chicken curry for ya 😀


      • Bikram

        November 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        Ok keep the ingrediants ready I will pop by 🙂 he hehe for food i can do anything


        • Seema

          November 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

          Will e-mail you my address and contact number…


  2. lampnitslight

    November 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Seema,the kids look very cute in the god u are so talented first u r such a great cook,an artist and u have a green thumb too..and most importantly a mother of two…god bless you dear!!!!


    • Seema

      November 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Garima, thank you re… My feet are refusing to stay grounded now *winks*


  3. Asmitha

    November 8, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Hello Seema,

    I am an ardent follower of your blog… all your posts…..Just wanted to know if you can have a post on how to make the m-seal flowers and painting them. I Love pottery, would be great help.



    • Seema

      November 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Hey Asmitha, thanks for commenting and letting me know.

      Will certainly do a pictorial of m-seal flower and painting just for you… Need some time though 😀


  4. Sugar and Spice

    November 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Oh.. The joy of first flowers! 😀 The mehendis are awesome and the pony tails – cute 😛
    Your children suck their thumbs too?! Keer does that here!


    • Seema

      November 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Thanks SnS.

      Keer sucks her thumb?? Thumb sucking is like a stress buster for them re. Dunno when they’ll stop doing it although it has reduced immensely now. I have tried all tricks possible but in vain. 😦


      • Sugar and Spice

        November 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

        Its a weird case with Keer ‘cos she started sucking her thumb after turning one. There is a pattern she follows wherein she sucks only when she is hungry or sleepy. No stranger could ever notice it.

        Some where I’ve read that forcibly changing this habit could lead to behavioural problems and so I really didn’t try doing anything about it. Except that now (‘cos she is grown older) keep telling her that it is bad sucking her thumb.


        • Seema

          November 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

          Yes, even their pediatrician had suggested me not to force them to change this habit. Also Abbas doesn’t let me force them coz he used to suck his thumb even when he was old enough to be ashamed of his habit and would hide below his bench in school when the temptation struck 😀

          I have tried by telling so many fake tales narrating dire consequences of thumb-sucking. But nothing has done the trick for me 😀 Mannu’s teeth now resemble coconut grater 😦


      • R's Mom

        November 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

        Errr…before you ladies get worried….R is 3.25 and STILL sucks that thumb of the left hand when she is asleep…may be I should try the mehendi rey… try applying that and may be she will hate the taste!


        • Seema

          November 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm

          I tried Mehndi once re… They did not sleep AT ALL. I sang lullabies continuously for a good one hour. I gave up and washed the thumbs, within no time they dozed off.

          During the day, thumb-sucking has reduced immensely though.


  5. R's Mom

    November 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Wow Seema…you are so talented…you cook, you apply mehendi like a bloody professional..and you can grow roses *Falls at feet*

    Abbas bhai – Keep up the good work hehehe 🙂

    Take care of those eyes will ya?


    • Seema

      November 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

      RM, I can’t grow roses re… I just water plants and often talk to them. That too since 2 months ever since Ma left.

      Yeah, will take care of the eyes. I gotta go for the dilation test and learn the exercise.


  6. RS

    November 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

    ” I decorated 4 tiny li’l palms with Mehndi designs that brightened 2 pair of eyes!” – Sigh! the advantages of having a daughter – I think it will give you the josh to do it too!

    Kaala tikka to those 2 chotu juttus! 😀

    Seems – I love your enthu rey! Pass some on to me too! 🙂


    • Seema

      November 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks RS. Will courier some enthu to you. It would be such a relief for Abbas if my entu comes down 😀


  7. sreetamadatta

    November 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Their is soo cute! I’ve always seen whenever moms take their kids for shopping after a while they start telling, “Baari cholo” or “Khide peyechhe”! Lol! Your excitement about plants reminds me of my mother. She loves plants & has made a little garden in pots in our balcony! The mehendi designs & the pot are amazing! Seriously, you are soo soo talented!!!

    How to cook kancha lonka chicken??? I want I want I want!!! 😛 I love Masterchef India too! 😀


    • Seema

      November 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing the recipe. I make it almost the same way except that I don’t add tomatoes and add garam masala at the end. Will try it your way and let you know.

      Thanks for all the compliments. *Flying high*

      Check my food blog for Kancha Lonka Chicken recipe. Here’s the link:


      • sreetamadatta

        November 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

        Yayy! Thanks!


        • sreetamadatta

          November 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

          Wow it looks great! Can’t wait to make it! Do I need to marinate the chicken before cooking?


          • Seema

            November 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

            No you don’t need to marinate the chicken… Get going! Add as much green chillies as possible! It’s delish…



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