Return of Mantam-isms

06 Mar

After the love story series, I made most of you shed tears along with me. I feel bad to have transpired all my woes, tension, miseries to all of you. So I thought I should write a cheerful post. Here I am back with Mantami-sms. Hope it brings a smile back to your faces πŸ™‚

On our auto ride back home:

Tammu points out to fellow bike rider and asks ‘Mamma, eta uncle ki podechi?’ (What is uncle wearing)
I said ‘Helmet’.
She said – ‘Ohhh, ye Phonics book mein hai na? H for Helmet, ha ha Helmet’
I beamed – ‘Oh yes. You are right’.
Bang came Mannu’s question ‘Ye helmet uncle kyun pehenta hai?’ (Why does uncle wear helmet?)
I said ‘In case of accident, errr, if uncle falls down, then he won’t hurt his head. That’s why. If he doesn’t wear traffic police uncle will scold him’Β 
Mannu: ‘Tahole Baba keno pehenchi na?’ (Then why does Baba not wear a helmet?)
Me: ‘Because Baba doesn’t ride a bike. One who drives a car doesn’t need to wear but bike rider needs to wear’
Mannu: (Pointing to a rider who isn’t sporting a helmet) ‘Ye dekho Mamma. Ye uncle ko security guard uncle bokbo na?’ (Look Mamma. Security Guard uncle will scold this uncle na?)
Me: ‘Arey not security uncle, it’s traffic police uncle’
And now everyday, both watch out all 2 wheelers in sight and point out the riders who aren’t wearing any helmets.
Another day in auto, driver stretches his right arm to indicate a right turn.
Mannu: ‘Ye dekho Mamma. Uncle hand baahar daalta. Hand baahar nahi daalna chahiye na?’ (Uncle is putting his handing out. We shouldn’t put our hands out na Mamma?)
Me: ‘Yes, we shouldn’t. But since uncle is driving the auto, he can’
Tammu – ‘Keno Mamma?’ (Why Mamma)
Me: ‘Uncle wants people behind us to know that we are taking a right turn. He will put his left arm out if we need to take a left turn and right one for a right turn’
Both say Β ‘Oh!’ and nod.
Next day, at the same turning,
Mannu – ‘Mamma, uncle aaj hand dikhaya nahi???’
Me perplexed, but since I know her too well, I could immediately guess what she is talking about.
I said that uncle should have shown his hand but apparently he forgot.

Mantam always run happily to show Meena, our domestic help,Β whatever new thing they get. She talks to them in Kannada and they understand every bit. When they showed her their new bags, she playfully said ‘with a grim face ‘I don’t have a bag. Shall I take one ofΒ yourΒ bags?’ Mannu hastily clung to hers and said No, while Tammu was still giving her proposal a thought. Meena said ‘Mannu will never give anything.’

A coulple of more such attempts by Meena, each time Mannu would not give her belongings but Tammu would effortlessly give (to my surprise). Meena would sing praises about Tammu and her large heart but Mannu being selfish and all.

One day, Meena took her game to another level and she said that she would take their cycle that day. Mannu as usual denied, but Tammu said ‘Take Meena aunty, take’. Meena winked at me and tookΒ theΒ cycle out and I closed the door. I looked at Tammu’s face, she was smiling. I asked ‘Tammu, aren’t you sad that Meena aunty took your cycle?’ She said ‘Achha hua. Ab Jumbo* ko bolenge new bhejne ke liye’ with a cunning smile. (Good. Β We will now ask Jumbo to send a new one)

*Jumbo is my BIL and he had gifted them the cycles


One evening after the dance class, we were just getting out and crossing the road to catch an auto.Β Mannu said – ‘Mamma, aaj dance class mein bohoth masti kiya’. I was concentrating on the road as it was busy. I said ‘Wait. Let’s cross the road first.’ After getting to the other side of the road, I asked ‘So what were you girls saying about the dance class?’ Mannu was sucking her thumb. I asked Tammu – ‘Tammu, did you enjoy the dance class today?’ Tammu says ‘Abhi abhi to Mannu ne bola. Mamma kitna baar poochta hai?’ (Just now Mannu said na? How many times do you ask?)


Sunday morning, I kneaded dough to make parathas for breakfast. Inspired by Comfy, I let Mantam roll small discs. Before that Mannu was helping me around in the kitchen. I asked her to make small balls out of the dough.Abbas had gone out to get fish. I suddenly remembered that I had run out of Coriander leaves. I murmured to myself, loud enough for Mannu to hear who was busy making balls next to me – ‘Oh ho, Dhania patta nahi hai. Baba ko phone karke bolna padega.’ Β (No coriander leaves. Need to call Baba to ask him to get it) Pat comes Mannu’s reply – ‘Arey Mamma. Mere haath mein to atta hai. Main call nahi kar sakti. Mamma hi kar lo na’ (Oh Mamma. My hands are full of flour. I can’t make the call. You do it na?)

When did I ask her by the way???


Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized



31 responses to “Return of Mantam-isms

  1. lifesong

    March 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    A very apt post after the love story series. Mantam-isms make me smile any day πŸ™‚
    Cute as ever πŸ™‚
    Lol on β€˜Achha hua. Ab Jumbo ko bolenge new bhejne ke liye’ πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      March 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Glad to have made you smile πŸ™‚


  2. Sugar and Spice

    March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Awww.. Thanks for posting this, Seema. It left me with a big smile on my face! πŸ˜€

    Tammu is very smart, eh? And why are you disturbing Mannu when her hands are tied with dough?! So cute these conversations are!


    • Seema

      March 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      I’m glad for that big smile πŸ™‚

      Tammu is a Mundri Kottai (Hope I got that right. One of my ex-colleagues in Chennai used to call me that)
      Whatt??? I did not ask her to call. 😦


  3. R's Mom

    March 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Awww! arent they the cutest :):)

    loved loved loved each of it..hehehehe πŸ™‚


  4. garima

    March 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    hehheh I smiled all through as I read the post.Give them tight hugs plz….
    Hey I was again fascinated by the word ‘jumbo’ and all the related names came to my mind πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      March 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Oh yes, I totally forgot about that post about names… Will do it soon. πŸ™‚


  5. lostinmylilworld

    March 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    After the completion of a roller coaster ride (reading ur love stories series was nothing less than going on a roller coaster… just imagining how much u both had to undergo) Manthamism is Back!! Yippie!!

    ManTham seems to be having eagle eyes, searching for the bike riders w/o a helmet.. LOL
    Both are so different in their ways/behaviours/thoughts yet compliment,love n protect each other isnt it!!
    My sweet kisses to both the darlings.. Ummmah


    • Seema

      March 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Yup, I know 😦

      Aiyo, yes. Eagle eye target me too 😦
      Yes, so true.
      Double the sweet kisses right back to you Deeps πŸ™‚


  6. Ashwathy

    March 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    And now everyday, both watch out all 2 wheelers in sight and point out the riders who aren’t wearing any helmets.
    So cute! πŸ˜€ Love the way they have grasped it all…. and are pointing it out back to you!!

    Mannu – β€˜Mamma, uncle aaj hand dikhaya nahi???’
    Two sharp little putuls eh? πŸ˜€

    Achha hua. Ab Jumbo* ko bolenge new bhejne ke liye’ with a cunning smile.
    OMG!!! 😯 You have to be careful around these two!!! lol…..

    Arey Mamma. Mere haath mein to atta hai. Main call nahi kar sakti. Mamma hi kar lo na’
    Hehehe πŸ˜€ Precious, I tell you!!

    The posts certainly helped in cheering us up.
    But we don’t regret shedding tears with/for you in the previous post πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      March 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks for the last line πŸ™‚


  7. Lifeslittletwists

    March 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Suuper! How ARE Their dance classes going on by-the-way? Are they showing you their matka-jhatkas after every class? Do record all those! πŸ™‚

    And what good memory they have – auto uncle and hand showing. Madam! Noone shows left hand for a left turn! Dont teach them wrong πŸ˜›


    • Seema

      March 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Dance classes are being enjoyed! Don’t get me started on the Matkas and Jhatkas… These days I find their hips at a kilometer’s distance from their body 24X7 πŸ™„ I keep recording. Will upload some time soon πŸ™‚ I know you asked me for their pics. I remembered just now πŸ˜›

      Duh me! Thanks for the enlightenment. We generally put on the indicators for both left and right na? Well, at least I used to while riding my Scooty. I just converted that into showing of hands πŸ˜€


  8. Bikram

    March 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    yeah goood , I hope you called baba forthe Dhania then πŸ™‚

    made me smile the little Mantam-ism’s ..


  9. Smitha

    March 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Aww! The cutie pies! They would make good law enforcement officers πŸ™‚ With their attention to all the traffic signals and naughty people who don’t wear helmets πŸ™‚ Reminds me of the stage where daughter used to give husband gried if he did not wear the airline seat belt, as soon as he sat down πŸ™‚

    Tammu is sure smart! She is clever enough to figure out that if sh gives away her old bike, she can ask for a new one! Way to go πŸ™‚

    And why Mamma, are you so lazy? Asking the poor girl to make chappatis and phone calls! Naughty you πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      March 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Haha Poohi is a sweetheart πŸ™‚

      Yup, she is very Chaalu…

      In my defense, I didn’t ask her to call. I was just stalking out loud telling myself that a call needs to be made to Baba. And that’s what I hear from her 😯


  10. anisnest

    March 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    ha ha haaa… had a good laugh.. these girls I say.. last one is the best πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      March 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Glad to have made you laugh… Yeah, with two cartoon characters as protagonists, what do you expect?


  11. Little Fingers

    March 7, 2012 at 12:44 am

    They are so adorable and cute..Loved this post and I am smiling all through it πŸ™‚ By the way after your previous posts I feel more connected with you Seemu!! You are awesome !!


    • Seema

      March 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks LF. I’m glad I wrote my love story πŸ™‚


  12. summerscript

    March 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Hahahaha.. They are smart kids Seema.. Appappa so many questions they have πŸ™‚
    And I just imagined the last two incidents – he he he.. so cute πŸ˜€


    • Seema

      March 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Questions, baap re! Too many to handle at most times πŸ™‚


  13. Greenboochi (GB)

    March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Looks like Mantam have taken the role of a good traffic police.. πŸ™‚ They are the cutest Seema… πŸ™‚ I feel so happy reading this post immediately after the love story series.. I feel God has shown you double happiness in the form of Mantam while keeping you away from your parents. I suddenly feel so close to you.. not sure why.. your story did have an impact on me.


    • Seema

      March 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Yeah, you got to post yours now πŸ™‚


  14. Pepper

    March 8, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Haha.. the last one is my favourite πŸ˜€


  15. My Era

    March 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Aww…they are very attentive, remember all they learn and very observant too πŸ˜€
    Loved the farsightedness of Tammu about getting a new cycle πŸ˜€
    Love every bit of this post πŸ˜€
    Lots of love and hugs to the cutie pies πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      March 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Yes Era… These days, it’s getting harder to fool them πŸ˜€

      Will pass on your hugs and love to them πŸ™‚


  16. Swaram

    January 21, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Hey where is the luv story series? Taken off the blog? I saw everyone talking about it, but did not find them here πŸ™‚


    • Seema

      January 21, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Hey Swaram, the post is still there but it is password protected. Could you please drop me an email? Will send u the link and password. Here is my email id:



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