A letter to Annu

13 Dec

Dunno why you have been hogging my thoughts lately, predominantly so. Is it because you too have been thinking of me at the same rate?? No clue.

Although you are physically distant, Abbas and I constantly feel your presence in the form of your grand-daughter (Mannu). With her around, it’s as if a miniature you is living with us.

When she gets bugged with that particle of food stuck in between her teeth, I am transported to those times when you and I would sit in the drawing-room armed with a tooth pick each in our hands post a meal.

When she sits royally with her one leg perched on the other and both her palms joined to act as a headrest, I am overwhelmed by the miracle of nature.

When she stands besides Abbas and watches him shave, memories of me by your side waiting for you to smear that after shave on my cheeks gush in.

When she expresses her obvious favoritism towards Abbas over me, he tells me “Seemu, now I know why your Dad is mad at me. I took his treasured gem away.”

I know Annu, that you think I am a traitor for I betrayed your trust. You might never embrace me in this life of mine. But would you not like to experience the joy of holding your replica in your arms?


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30 responses to “A letter to Annu

  1. garima

    December 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Just had tears in eyes and lump in my throat.Have patience dear I hope your parents accept your marriage one day and that day may come soon.I understand how painfull it would be when you think of your family.Be strong dear ,take care.

    On a side note I just hate this society.Its coz of we human being that have made certain norms as tabboo in the society.I am sure your dad too misses you and kids its just pressure from the society that he is not able to accept your wedding.Hold on dear thing will certainly turn and Mantam will get maternal grandparents love.Hugs


    • Seema

      December 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks Garima. Hopes are still alive and fingers are still crossed.

      So true what you said.


  2. R's Mom

    December 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Thats a sweet letter…am I right in assuming that its written for your dad?

    After shave is always a reminder of Appa for me 🙂

    Hugs darling


    • Seema

      December 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Yes RM, it is for my Dad.



  3. Sugar and Spice

    December 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    A big hug from me, Seema!

    Believe me, the day is not far off – when your Dad will come to terms with whatever has happened – and be back at loving you with all his heart. Keep your faith. Things will definitely turn out to be better.


    • Seema

      December 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks SS, Amen to that!


  4. summerscript

    December 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Hugs and loads of love dear !!
    Patience is the key here. Good things will happen soon!
    Miracle of nature – so true na!!


    • Seema

      December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks SS. Have been patient and will continue to be, although I lose it once in a while.


  5. Bikram

    December 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Can I suggest something please dont get offended , Call HIM.. go meet him..

    it does not matter who takes the first step .. If you are feeling that way I am sure he is feeling that way too and seeing the little grand children he will melt like anything , I know.

    Just give it a try , life is short veyr short and time is not in our hands. I am saying from my point of view , so i might just be wrong.. I would do it what i have said ..

    Lots of love to you and Abbas .. and more to the little ones ..

    Two of my cousins , they are real brothers, had a problem did not speak for 20 years , and all it took was I had gone to india after 5-6 years I took the younger one to the elder .. THATS ALL IT TOOK and they wasted so many years ..

    I sincerely wish and hope that day comes VERY soon , maybe tomorrow that all get united and MUCH more happiness comes ..

    You take care and sorry if I overstepped my mark..


    • Seema

      December 14, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Bikram, no you have not overstepped your mark. Lemme e-mail a reply to you on this, alright?


  6. Scribby

    December 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Hugs Seema..the last line did bring tears to me… there no way he could read this?


    • Seema

      December 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Hmmm, well hope is alive!


  7. Deepsi

    December 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Seema, I know u dont know me but I am a big fan of ur Kids.. Was delighted to watch ManTam while on their way to catch bus in ur prev office….. It kind of had become a ritual..Why only me the entire folks out there was fans of ur kids… Well I hv been reading ur blogs for sometime now and cudnt ressit to reply on this one..

    Hugs from my side and yes defenetley a day will sooon come when ur parents shall Accept u and ur lovely kids into their lives by forgetting all the bitterness!! Remember every cloud has a Silver lining!!


    • Seema

      December 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Hey Deepsi,

      RS had told me that you read my blog. Thanks for de-lurking. I checked your blog and I’m able to recognize you.

      Thanks for your wishes.


  8. L

    December 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I am sure everything will be fine in a while… Let me tell you, I have had a similar type of marriage. And, we waited about 4 years for both sides approval… it took us four years, but both families finally accepted the situation and then we got married…
    It takes time… but things work out. At the end of the day, parents want to see their kids happy… and when kids are visibly happy with their choice, parents eventually find happiness in accepting the situation…


    • Seema

      December 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Laila, I’m really happy for you that both families came finally accepted after a long wait.

      Thanks for giving me more hope.


  9. RS

    December 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Seems, Loads and loads of hugs to you. And I know how hard it must be for you too… Just hang in there and do what ever you have to do to make things better between your parents and you.

    Im sure someday things will get better. Would love to write more here but I dont know if I can even get so personal… Will mail/call you maybe…



    • Seema

      December 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Thanks RS.

      You sure can get personal. Please feel free to write to me or call me.


  10. Deepsi

    December 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Hey Glad u recognize me.. Thanks to RS for kinda introducing me to u… Will keep in touch through Blogs anyway.. 🙂 My Love to ur lovely Angels.. To be frank with u- I secretly dream to hv twins myslef after seeing/hearing/Reading abt ManTam, when revelaed it to my Patidev he said.. oh then we will both leave our jobs n take care of each kid… Haha.. Hats off to u n Abbas dear!! Keep going…


    • Seema

      December 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      We’ll certainly be in touch.

      You wanna have twins? It’s not that difficult as it appears to be. First three years were tough, we can reap the benefits now. Although they are double the trouble, they are double the joy too.


  11. amkavi

    December 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Am new to to your blog Seema..enjoyed reading your posts about ManTam..For this post, I definitely want to write something..please don’t lose heart Seema…keep your HOPES on..a day will come soon when your parents forgive you and accept..they have to accept you, after all you have given them such a precious gift.. that too double gift…you pray GOD and wait…


    • Seema

      December 16, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Amkavi. Glad you enjoyed reading my posts. Welcome here.

      Yes, keeping the hopes intact.


  12. Varsha

    June 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Seema.. I stumbled upon ur blog from R’s Mom and I have really liked the way u write. I am also a konkani from Goa. I pray that your parents accept u soon. I know it is very difficult but belive me things will work out soon for u. I have ready almost all ur posts and have liked them a lot. iwould also love to read your love story that is password protected. Could u pls let me know how I can log?


    • Seema

      June 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Glad you liked it here Varsha. Welcome to my humble space.

      Will send you the password via email.


  13. Sujatha

    July 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Hi seema.. I came across ur blog from R’s mom. ur kids are awesome.. I have become a big fan of them:) My best wishes and prayers for you..I’m sure ur amma and appa will accept you.. I’ve read many of ur posts and cooking blog.. u r awesome…
    I think the love story post is pwd protected.. can u pls share that pwd ??


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Hey Sujatha,

      Welcome here. So nice to know you are liking my space here along with the food blog.

      Will tell mantam that they have a big fan in you 🙂

      I just sent you an e-mail


  14. Divya Chandra

    January 25, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Hi Seema, got 2 visit ya lovely blog via ya cooking blog when I was looking 4 preparing some new dishes out of egg. All of them turned out yummlicious..Thanks to you..Also read ya story, its very touching..Dont worry Seema, how you love your parents, likewise they too love you may be more than what you do..So I m sure one day they would accept you as before.Would pray that day comes very sooner in ya life..Its a joy going through the tales of your fairies n recipes of your foodies..Keep posting your blogs…Also would love to read ya love story post only if you are ok do permit me with password….


    • Seema

      April 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Divya, Thanks you so much for trying out my recipes. I’m elated to know that they turned out well.

      I sent you the password just now. Please let me know if you don’t receive it.



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