Mantam-ism continues

21 Feb

The day after their Annual Day was declared a holiday. Abbas worked from home that day and I left work early and we took them to their dance class in the evening. Tammu says ‘Roz roz khali dance class mein jabo. School mein jabo na.’ (Daily we’ll go to dance class and not to school)


While we are reading a book with pics of veggies…
I point at Cauliflower.
Tammu – Gobi Flower
Me – Errr…. You are not wrong. Gobi is in Hindi. What is it called in English?
Mannu: Cauli Flower
Next I point at Beans.
Tammu: Beans
Mannu: Beans is in Hindi. English mein Bolo Taaa!
Next I point at Turnip. Both are dumb founded.
Me: Okay I’ll give you a hint. Jab Mamma Mantam ko bolti hai ki us taraf ghoomo, what do I say (when I ask you to ‘turn’, without giving away the word)
The hint actually confused them even more. So I decided to give away the answer.
Next I point at Capsicum.
Mannu: Taaa…. Mamma jab bulata hai, tab kya bolta hai (What does Mamma say when she calls you?)
Now I was the one who was confused. While I rolled my eyes…
Mannu: Mamma bolta hai na – Come? It is Capsicum!!!
I had to collect my jaws from the floor, I swear.

On a recent drive in Bulu in the morning on a weekday. As per the norm, I comb their hair and make 2 ponies on each head. Then place a small Bottu on their foreheads using liquid Kumkum or eyeliner. One such day (after their Annual day), one of them asks for Lipstick. I said ‘You have to grow big to apply lipstick’. Pat comes the reply – ‘Lekin Mamma ne to Dilli mein Lip stick diya tha na?’ (Mamma had applied lipstick when in Delhi) I had applied Lip balm to prevent lips from cracking in the cold. I said ‘Wo to lip balm tha. Not lipstick’. ‘To lip balm hi do na?’ I gave in for a change, and smeared a trifle lip balm on their lips. While Tammy began haunting the front mirror in Bulu, Mannu asked me – ‘Mamma ko Jumbo ne mirror diya tha na? Ota zara do na?’ They had seen that my BIL (They call him Jumbo) had given me a cute mirror which I had placed in my handbag! I had totally forgotten about it.


Mantam reading their Phonics book where 6 pictures are given against each alphabet. Tammu generally forgets Β most of the names. She looks expectantly at Mannu who will enact hints as if she is a pro at ‘Dumb Charades’.

Just yesterday, Tammu was not able to identify the alphabet G. To my surprise, Mannu called her, joined together her thumb, ring finger and little finger, pointed the index and middle finger towards her and Bingo! Tammu said ‘G’. I was amused and watched like a dumb spectator.

Then there was swaying hand up above in pendulum like motion to indicate a Kite.

There was moving the thumb pointed upwards in a 180 degree motion to point downwards. She meant Jug and tried showing pouring water.

Having twins is certainly fun, I say!!!


Tammu never will listen to us when we try to tell her something politely. After 3 coaxing attempts, I finally yell. And Mannu comes to me with hands on her hips. ”Mamma, Taaa ko pyaar se bolo na? Shout karke kyun bola?’


I’m reading a story to them which has a family of lions. Tammu’s first question was ‘Why is Lion wearing a dress?’ I take a deep breath. I say ‘It is just a cartoon beta. Just like Jaggu in Chota Bheem speaks but monkeys actually don’t talk.’ She nodded. I dunno if I answered her well.


Tammu tells a story: Once upon a time, baby coming running and fell down in the water. Then what happened? Mamma came and Mamma said.. Why you fell down in the water? Then baby crying do because baby fell down in the water. Then Mamma pyaar do and Baby happy ho jabo. Story pheenish’


Mannu told me that her friend in school had Ooooo (wound) on his finger. I told her to explain in English (Just for Β the fun of it). She goes ‘Mamma. A what do no? A ka Mummy brought garam water. A finger ghusabo in Garam water. And aaaa crying do. Then his finger what happened no? Redddd ho gaya.’



Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


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36 responses to “Mantam-ism continues

  1. R's Mom

    February 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    hahahhaha! these kids are so so adorable…the last one takes the cake……awesome awesome…having twins is super fun na πŸ™‚

    Loved the way they teach each other and Man teaches Tam…super cute πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      February 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Yeah yeah super fun most of the time after they are 3+ πŸ™‚


  2. Sugar and Spice

    February 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Heh.. I love the English-stories! And the two little girls who tell them! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Having twins is certainly fun I say, too! πŸ™‚

    P.S. – Why is half the post in italics and half, normal? Just curious – any relevance?!


    • Seema

      February 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Yay πŸ™‚

      Whenever I write conversations, I hit enter after each sentence, and the cursor leaves one whole line blank and moves to the next. So for conversations alone, I change the format to ‘Address’. Then I forgot to revert it when I moved to the next pointer. Thanks for pointing it out. Corrected now. πŸ˜€


  3. garima

    February 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Amazing post,loved it…
    The last two were mind blowing
    And I am amused with the names that you have for each relative in your family like ,’Pa’,’Pi’, ‘jumbo’,’didi’ for (dadi)…why is it this way?


    • Seema

      February 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Garima.

      Hehe, you just gave me fodder for another post. Thank you. Will write a post on it, thik hai?


  4. RS

    February 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Awww! I JUST love the way Mannu mothers Tammu πŸ™‚ And all those actions! They are so creative in coming up with all those hand and finger movements. I love the stories.
    I was also collecting the jaws from the floor reading Mannu’s co-relation.
    BUT, like I told you yesterday – I want more pictures plz….


    • Seema

      February 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      More pictures? Ok, will try posting a few old ones. Lately I only use the cam to click pics of food for my other blog 😳


  5. Ashwathy

    February 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    LOL @ Tammu’s story. So cute!! Story pheenish!

    Hahah @ Mannu’s English description. Don’t you dare follow R’smom’s path…actually encouraging the kid to talk gibberish!! πŸ˜›

    They are both growing up fast, aren’t they? πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      February 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      I don’t encourage them Ash. (I don’t discourage either :mrgreen:) It’s total paisa wasool entertainment to listen to their Khichdi sentences πŸ™‚

      Yeah, real fast 😦


  6. Bikram

    February 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Mantam-ism is definitely much much much Better than the Bikramism i put up on the blog ,
    Made me laugh and I hope you collected your jaw properly at the capsicum πŸ™‚ he he he

    and I think in the end what matters is , that the other person understand ot Mannu made you understand fully wat happened … hot water-finger in- ouch- red πŸ™‚

    God bless the kiddo’s


    • Seema

      February 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      The only ‘other person’ that understands their speech completely is me. And I end up being interpreters to them all the time πŸ˜€


      • Bikram

        February 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        its good na , so when you are interpretting you get to laugh and smile once again πŸ™‚


  7. garima

    February 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    ok waiting for it soon plzzz πŸ™‚


  8. NBose

    February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    He He…Gobi Flower… πŸ˜€

    Wow Mannu ‘s hints with sign language are awesome……u had blogged earlier as well wen mannu took the charge to make Tammu learn those pics with alphabets wen u and hubby surrendered na!!

    Tammu’s story was too cute….

    LOL…”A what do no? A ka Mummy brought garam water. A finger ghusabo in Garam water. And aaaa crying do. Then his finger what happened no? Redddd ho gaya.’”


    • Seema

      February 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

      Yes, you remember the post na? Mannu always tried to act like Tammu’s Momma!

      Glad you enjoyed πŸ˜€


  9. lifesong

    February 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Awww.. aren’t they sweet? πŸ™‚
    Love their Bengali hindi language πŸ™‚ loved their stories and how they read together πŸ™‚
    And that capsicum thing … I was in awe at the correlation … Wow!


    • Seema

      February 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Do you know Bengali LS? Glad you enjoyed their stories πŸ™‚


      • lifesong

        February 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        No, I don’t know bengali πŸ™‚ but having bengali friends, I have heard lots of it in their conversations πŸ™‚


  10. Greenboochi (GB)

    February 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    loved reading through this post… all the while i was reading.. i was imagining them both… they are so so cute.. loved tammu’s story (especially pheenish:P πŸ™‚ Mannu’s explanation on A’s OOO is so funny πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      February 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Their stories fultoo timepass πŸ˜€ I insist on narrating in English just to have a good laugh after a strenuous day πŸ˜€


  11. My era

    February 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Aww…so cute to have them tell you stories πŸ˜† and then story phineesh πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    I like come Capsi-cum πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Don’t scold mumma πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ see kids keep track of all we do πŸ˜€
    Tight hugs and kisses to the gorgeous darlings πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      February 22, 2012 at 11:39 am

      ‘kids keep track of all we do’ – Oh yes, all the time. They don’t let me miss my MIL re πŸ˜€

      Will pass on to them in the evening πŸ™‚


  12. anisnest

    February 22, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Tammu’s story and Mannu’s english are uber cute :)… Mantam-ism’s are lovely Seema.. keep them coming..


    • Seema

      February 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Ani. πŸ™‚


  13. summerscript

    February 22, 2012 at 10:40 am

    hehehe..loved the hint for capsicum- brilliant no? πŸ™‚
    So cute they are πŸ™‚ loved every bit of this post πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      February 22, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Missed you around. 😦


  14. lostinmylilworld

    February 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    See u just quoted one more beautiful reason to hv twins.. They nurse each other, keep company and hv fun!! I loved the way Mannu protects Tammu esp the”Mamma, Taaa ko pyaar se bolo na? Shout karke kyun bola?” ha ha

    These lil cuties teach us a lot of lessons each day, each time..:)


    • Seema

      February 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Yes dear. Having twins is fun, I agree! But first 2-3 years are tough times and then it becomes a breeze.


  15. Smitha

    February 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    They are so cute! Everytime I read your posts about them, I can’t help wishing I had twins too – and such cute ones too πŸ™‚ Look how greedy I am πŸ™‚

    I love their language! They seem to mix and match so very well! That bit about Capsicum was pure genius! How their minds work!

    Waiting for the next dose of Mantam-isms πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      February 26, 2012 at 12:52 am

      Hehe πŸ™‚

      Fultoo khichdi language 😯 Capsicum bit shocked me too. πŸ™‚


  16. Little Fingers

    March 1, 2012 at 5:23 am

    They are so adorable and cute..Love their conversations with each other πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks LF. Are you back in US now?



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