Cold Excursion – Part 2

05 Jan

We got into our compartment. After settling down, we exchanged introductions with our co-passengers. We had a sweet family of R and S and their daughter P and a student D as company during the train journey of 36 hours. That night we just had dinner and snoozed off.

Next day was wholly spent on train but we didn’t feel bored. Mantam and P played together with cards, books and colours. They also watched a few movies on Abbas’s laptop. R, S, Abbas and I played Uno. D joined later too. Abbas sat next to R and kept on tormenting him with charged up cards. We had such a lovely time that the journey didn’t seem hectic. Abbas was addressing D as D aunty while talking to Mantam, as in ‘D aunty ke paas baitho’. And she would get embarrassed and say “Aunty nahi Didi bulao”. She took a sweet revenge by addressing us as Uncle and Aunty. LOL

I was awestruck at the ‘Khazana’ that S had brought along with her. You name it and she would conjure it up from one of her bags within no time. She had so many of P’s toys, playthings, books while I had carried only 1 colouring book each and a crayon set and a story book.

Abbas and R bought Oranges from Nagpur but they were all sour although cheaper. Food in the train was quite edible but quantity seemed less. We had to buy an extra plate for every meal. We were all sure that our train would not reach on time due to fog as past few days’ statistics suggested so. When Ummi called me and asked what time we would be reaching, I said that we might be late. She said – “What is the scheduled time? I’m sure your train will reach on time. Wait and watch” – I laughed at her predictions. That night we slept off well.

 24th Dec 2011 – Saturday

When our sleep broke, we could hear hustle bustle and people hurrying. When we enquired, we came to know that the train was about to reach the destination in 15 mins. We were astounded. Train was definitely running on time. I recalled Ummi’s words and blessed her.

Dressed up Mannu Tammu with layers of warm clothes, I too wore 2 layers myself. Abbas just wore a jacket on top and a topi. Wonder how he managed. We stepped out of the train into biting cold. Although I was well covered, I could feel my hands and face freezing. Luckily Mantam had worn gloves too. We went to the taxi stand and they quoted Rs.850 to be dropped to Gurgaon. I told Abbas to go and check any Pre-paid Taxi stand. I stood there with all the luggage and Mantam. Abbas returned after a while and said ‘Chalo. I found a taxi’. Immediately these guys said ‘Kitne mein ja rahe hain?’ He said 600. This guy straight away dropped his quotation to 600 and hurried to load our luggage into his taxi.

As soon as we reached home, everybody’s mood was lit up. I began taking out all the goodies that I had taken for Ummi and Mimmi. Bhaiyya signaled me to freshen up first and then hand them over. Ummi was going to perform a Bengali dance that evening at her school’s annual day. She showed me her costume and make up kit and a few steps. She had to deck up and reach school by 2:30 PM.

Bhaiyya and Bhabi told us how Mimmi (5.5 yrs old) had sensed that Santa does not exist but Ummi (11 yrs old) still believes in Santa. We planned to buy some goodies for all 4 sisters and hang them near the door at night. I told Ummi that I had left a letter for Santa at our home in Blore with Gurgaon address to deliver Mantam’s gifts. Mimmi questioned – “Pi, Santa sach mein gift deta hai?” I said – “Haan. Last year Mantam had got their gifts” She didn’t retort but strong suspicion was evident from her expressions.

Ummi left for school. We had a yummy Bong lunch of Fish Curry, Cabbage Sabzi with fish head and Baingan Bharta prepared by Bhabi. We got geared up to attend Ummi’s Annual Day Function. Bhabi and I went backstage to see Ummi. She was now embellished with ornaments and was looking even more graceful. She handed over her coat and spectacles to us. Mantam were repeatedly asking us – “Baadu kothay? Baadu ka dance kab hoga?” (They call her Baadu) When Ummi’s dance was about to begin, Mantam and Mimmi went right to the front row were chief guests were seated and witnessed the entire act. We were overjoyed looking at Ummi. She danced with poise and grace.

After all the performances, prize distribution ceremony began. Ummi had said that she had won some prizes in sports. So we all waited eagerly. The wait was so elongated. We were able to spot Ummi on the corner waiting for her name to be called. We were biting our nails and looking at Ummi’s expression changing as prizes for sports were also distributed but her name never got called. We were so disappointed. Even after all the prizes displayed on the Diaz were distributed, Ummi stayed put and we heard “Best sportsperson Junior category – Rennaisa” and we cheered in elation. It was a proud moment for us all and I thanked my stars that we were able to witness this moment in person.

By this time, it was almost 8 PM and in the chilling weather, nature called me urgently. Inspite of secure layers of clothing, I thought my body was frozen. As soon as Ummi came out, I asked her to take me to the loo. Had there been a delay of a few seconds, I would have had an accident for sure… After Ummi changed into casuals, we headed home. Bought some Kathi rolls on the way and Bhaiyya and Abbas picked up some goodies to be sneaked in at night.

We had to pack our bags as we were travelling next morning. After dinner when kids went to bed, I decorated the entrance with a few stars and miniature Santas and kept all the goodies in an old empty hanging lamp. We had made up all stories and made mental notes as all of us had to sound the same or Mimmi would doubt again…

To be continued…..

Leaving you with a few pics of train journey and Ummi’s Annual Day pics.



That's Rennaisa Alias Ummi

Bengali Bahu

The three musketeers enthused about their Baadu's performance

Best Sports-person award



Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


26 responses to “Cold Excursion – Part 2

  1. R's Mom

    January 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

    OMG! They look so cute 🙂 and your niece looks like a DOLL! ekdum DOLL!!!

    what fun to have good co passengers na..its fun 🙂 Loved the tales..waiting for me..errr.what goodies did you take..can you list them out so that I can expect no wait demand something when we meet 🙂


    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Thanks RM.

      I took along with me:
      1. Christmas Fruit Cake
      2. Pistachio Choco Fudge
      3. Baking supplies for Ummi.
      4. Nail art kit, fake nails and nail polish for Ummi.
      5. Hair band, Doggy Cap, Light-waala Finger ring and Jellies for Mimmi.
      6. Anchor Stitch Kit for Ma.
      7. Rasam Powder and some other spice powders for Bhabi.
      8. Wheat Halwa for Bhaiyya.

      You can demand anything out of this list, okay? 😀 When are you coming by the way?


      • Sugar and Spice

        January 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        What? Ummi bakes! **Heartbreak**

        BTW, when are you coming down to Hyderabad? With all these goodies and Man-Tam?! 😀 😀


        • Seema

          January 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm

          Yes, Ummi bakes. She has interests similar to mine. 😀

          You could also come to Bangalore for the goodies and Mantam 😀
          On second thoughts, not a bad idea. We must plan a trip to Hyd during a long weekend. Lets see. *Thinking*


          • R's Mom

            January 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

            Arey both of you…I will give you a better idea..come for a weekend here…fly in on friday out on sunday evening…with both the set of twins..imagine how much fun it will can of course stay at my place…I will throw out RD for the weekend..and we can have moms and babies ka party..and then I promise to make enough theplas for you to take back so that monday dabba is not a problem…okie??? what say..plan fast 🙂


            • Seema

              January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

              Plan sounds good. Lets see. Travelling with two alone would be difficult re. How about we bring CH and Abbas along and you throw all husbands out together???


              • Sugar and Spice

                January 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

                That seems like a plan! I mean throwing out the husbands! 😛 😛


                • Seema

                  January 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

                  You bet, or how bout leaving kids with husbands at home and us moms going out to party? 💡


  2. summerscript

    January 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

    If you get a good company, nothing can beat train journeys no ? 🙂
    Rennaisa- She is very pretty 🙂
    Love the 3 musketeers 🙂
    Look at you hiding behind mannu he he he 😀


    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Yeah, We had an entertaining journey.

      I am not hiding re. There are other pics of me in the train. But I look as if I just rescued from Tsunami. That’s why I didn’t post.


  3. Sam

    January 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Been to Delhi just the previous week but enjoyed the weather and the food:).. was it so cold for you guys.. thought you would have got used to the Bangalore weather ;-).
    Pistachio Choco fudge.. what exotic names.. why couldnt it be just choco fudge :|.. Feeling hungry now.. Mantam look cute in those Bunny kullas.


    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      It was so cold re… Temperature in the evenings and morning would be 2 to 5 degrees. Bangalore winter is nowhere close in comparison. And that too for a Coastal girl like me who never wore sweaters for the first 20 years of my life, Delhi was like North Pole 😀

      It is Choco fudge only with Pista pieces thrown in. 😛

      Thanks Sam 😀


  4. Sugar and Spice

    January 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    What?? YOU were about to have an accident??!! That cracked me up! 😀

    Cutie pies Man-Tam are! And Ummi looks pretty. Very!

    There is so much fun reading these travel stories. I am waiting waiting for the next part. 🙂


    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      You bet. I certainly would have had. 😀

      Glad you are enjoying the travel stories.


  5. garima

    January 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Mantam and mimmi are looking so cute dressed behind multiple layers of clothing 🙂
    Ummi is such a talented kid she dances and good in sports and she is so beautiful *touch wood*
    And delhi winters does that,unable to control at times LOL 🙂


    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      She is gifted. She is good at crafts, signing, cooking as well. I was stunned to see some of her creations.

      Hehe, you too? *Leaves a sigh of relief after learning that I am not the only one*


  6. Bikram

    January 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    ok a dumb question .. but where did you go 🙂 …

    beautiful pictures …


    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      We went to Gurgaon. That’s where BIL and family lives 🙂

      Thanks Bikram. Actually, my mistake. I did not mention the place anywhere, I will edit the post 😀


  7. Scribby

    January 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

    lovely pics and look at that red nail color on mannu’s nails,looking cute 🙂 does she love that ?


    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

      They love nail polish. Once in a bluemoon, I paint their toe nails. She herself chose the red colour 😀


  8. Pepper

    January 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Aaawieeee. I see red nail polish on tiny little toes on tiny little Mannu’s feet. 😀


    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Hehe, striking red eh? She is so fond of red and pink 😀


  9. Sumana

    January 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Loved reading this post. What a lovely family you guys are.. So many goodies, how do you manage in between work, kids and home?? Too good. Train travel i bet will be best if you have good company, otherwise you might end up just napping or looking at the watch.


    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Thanks Sumana. Somehow manage to manage re 😀

      Oh yes, our return journey was quite boring 😦 Couldn’t wait to get home ASAP


  10. RS

    January 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Hey Seems! Welcome back and a very very happy New Year to you,Mantam and Abbas!

    Wow Pics rey! I loved Ummi-she looks so beautiful. And the 3 kids also look so cute in all those fancy topis! 🙂

    So, what goodies did you get back from there – now thats something Im more interested in 🙂


    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks RS. A very Happy New Year to the Chutku Household.

      Hehe, couldn’t do much shopping. But will post pics of a few goodies that we got back at the end of the travel series. 😀



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