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Overdose of Mantam-isms

12 Apr

I know I already posted Mantam-isms in the beginning of this week. But these days they are speaking like adults and I wanted to record their dialogues for posterity’s sake. Here goes:

In the last post, I mentioned about Mannu suggesting me to get a potty seat for the pigeon. The very next day, Tammu advised me to get diapers for pigeons!!! πŸ™„

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They were playing with their Kitchen set and both were asking Abbas, Ma and I as to what we wanted to eat. Each of us kept demanding by naming exotic food items. They were going back and stirring the pots for a while and coming back to us presenting the dish. This kept repeating for a while and then Tammu got bored as is her typical characteristic. I insisted on having some food and to avoid my request, she said ‘Gas to khatam ho gaya. Cooking nahi kar sakta’ (She has run out of gas and cooking can’t happen) 😯

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This month has been financially draining for us as we had to get Mantam’s school and Summer Camp admission done and Ma was hospitalized. When they asked me to buy something exquisite, I refused point blank saying ‘We didn’t have money’

One day Mannu saw a Rs.20 note lying on a table and she promptly gave it to me saying ‘Mamma baba ke paas paisa nahi hai na? Ye rakh lo’ (You don’t have money na? Keep this)

Day before yesterday I ordered 3 story books for them from Flipkart. I told them in the evening bubbling with excitement, ‘Mantam I have ordered books for you’. Tammu said ‘Mamma Β ke paas paisa nahi hai na? To kyun ab books kharida phir?’ (You don’t have money na? Why did you then go to buy now?)

And in both cases, I hated myself for telling them that we didn’t have money. But one part of me was happy to see that they understood the value of money at least to some extent.

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Ma was hospitalized for 5 days and she did not have TV in her room. Mantam watched Chota Bheem everyday for half an hour till I settled things down in the kitchen and got their dinner ready. After Ma came back, she wasn’t letting them watch Chota Bheem as she got engrossed in IPL matches or mega serials or Bengali news channels. So Tammu threatened her ‘Didi TV dekhega to Didi ko phir se hospital bhej denge’ (If Didi watches TV, we’ll send Didi back to the hospital)

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I was reading stories to them and the pages were flying vigorously as the fan was rotating in high speed. All of a sudden, Mannu went to flip pages of other books and I watched curiously what she was upto. After rummaging through pages of many books, she asked ‘Marbook kothay?’ (Where is Marbook?) I asked what??? She kept on repeating Marbook Marbook Marbook. I didn’t understand. She then told me it was what I keep in between pages when I read a book. I exclaimed ‘You mean Bookmark?’ She was looking for it as the pages were moving so aggressively. Flipkart, if you are listening, you can add this to your ‘Reasons for using Marbook err… Bookmark’

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So we got them admitted to the Summer Camp happening at their school coz the after school day care is only from 12 noon to 6 PM. Now that the school is closed, we have no other option but to let them join coz evenΒ otherwiseΒ we have to pay extra for 9AM to 12 noon day care. Oops, I digress.

At the camp, daily they are teaching kids to prepare one dish. First day, they taught them making a sandwich. This is how the conversation went among the three of us.

Me: Mannu Tammu aaj sandwich banaaya? (Mantam made sandwich today?)
Mannu: Haan Mamma. Super yummy hua tha, pata hai? (It was super yummy, you know)
Tammu: Mamma khali cheese sandwich banaata hai. Hamaara sandwich kitna achha tha. Mamma nahi bana sakta. (Mamma only makes cheese sandwiches. Our sandwich was very good. Mamma can’t make that)
Me: Okay, tell me how did you make it?
Mannu: Pehle bread ke upar butter ghasa. Uske baad cucumber rakha, tomato rakha, thoda salt daala. Phir aur ek bread rakha, aur thoood asa press karna hai. Zyada nahi press karna hai. Okay? Phir yummy ho jayega. (First scrub butter on a bread. After that, keep cucumber, keep tomato, put a little salt. Keep one more bread, press lightly, don’t press hard. It will be yummy)
Tammu: Mamma, ghar mein cucumber hai kya? (Is there cucumber at home?)
Me: No. Why?
Tammu: Ghar mein Mamma ko sikha denga Mannu Tammu (Mannu Tammu will teach Mamma at home)
Me: Ok, I’ll get it tomorrow. i’ll cut cucumber and tomato and you can show me how to do.
Mannu: Lekin cucumber ko cut nahi karna (But you shouldn’t cut the cucumber)
Me: Will you keep the whole cucumber in the sandwich?
Mannu: Aunty ne cucumber cut nahi kiya. Round round hi rakha (Aunty didn’t cut cucumber. She kept it round round)
Probably they had cut the slices before starting the activity :mrgreen:
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30 responses to “Overdose of Mantam-isms

  1. R's Mom

    April 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Just wrote you an email…these girls are too good yaar..and there is nothing called overdose of Mantamisms..we love them

    Hope Ma is doing better πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Yeah, Ma is doing great now. She wasn’t able to eat properly earlier and now she thinks of the next meal before the current one is over :mrgreen: And I love feeding people who love to eat πŸ™‚

      Got your e-mail πŸ™‚

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      • summerscript

        April 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

        I loved this – “And I love feeding people who love to eat” πŸ˜€

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        • Seema

          April 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

          Hehe, come home πŸ™‚

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  2. Ashwathy

    April 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    OMG!!! These kids are growing up way too fast! Slow down! 😯
    I am also happy that they are also able to grasp so much at this tender age…

    Gas toh khatam ho gaya? How on earth did they figure gas is what makes this work and if that is not there, no cooking will happen? 😯

    I personally think they are way too young to figure out about money, but it seems they are picking up fast as well……

    Didi?? They call her that instead of Dadi is it?
    ROFL @ vapus hospital bhej denge ! πŸ˜†

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    • Seema

      April 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Actually a few days back we had run out of gas while I was cooking lunch on a weekday. So, I packed idlis from breakfast for lunch and they asked me why I had given idlis for lunch (which I never do otherwise). I had explained that gas cylinder being empty concept. That’s how πŸ™‚

      Yeah, they call her Didi (rather she taught them so :-D)

      I’m gonna do a post on naming convention in our family…

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  3. Divya

    April 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Love’d it seema….I think now u might have to find better sandwich ideas for them…as they are gonna be expert cooks like mommy πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Hey long time, no see? Where have you been?

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  4. techie2mom

    April 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Haha… Potty seat & diapers for pigeons!!!

    And “Gas khatam ho gaya”??!?!! hilarious…

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    • Seema

      April 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Glad they made you laugh πŸ™‚

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  5. anisnest

    April 13, 2012 at 1:58 am

    lolll… kids say the darndest things.. enjoy this beautiful phase.. πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Double enjoyment Ani πŸ˜€

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  6. R's Mom

    April 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Did you get my comment 😦

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    • Seema

      April 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Yes, got your e-mail as well as comment πŸ™‚

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  7. summerscript

    April 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Their conversations indicate how fast they are growing up,how much they observe and at the same time how innocent they are!!love love love πŸ˜€
    Marbook πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Seema

      April 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Yeah, the rate at which they are growing leaves me baffled at times 😦

      Marbook πŸ™‚ I have started calling bookmark a marbook. Easier to pronounce, ain’t it?

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  8. lifesong

    April 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

    There can be no overdose of Mantamisms. They are so sweet and they say the cutest things πŸ™‚ 15-20 years from now, you will love to come back to these pages and read them again and again πŸ™‚ Loved reading this one πŸ˜€

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    • Seema

      April 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks LS πŸ™‚

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  9. garima

    April 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    First Mantamism are always welcome…we enjoy reading them,hence they can never be overdose .ok ?*giving Seema stern looks*
    Wow the kids can make sandwich at this age ,at their age I was not even able to eat properly on my own ,that dumb I was ….kids are really growing up fast..muah to them πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Hehe thanks Garima πŸ™‚

      They can’t still eat properly on their own but bolne mein kya jaata hai?

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  10. ashreyamom

    April 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    diapers for birds? great idea.. kids grow ups o fast na.. we cant match to thier intelligence and way of thinking.. πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Haha… Yeah, kids’ mind is unpredictable. They do come out with out of the box ideas πŸ™‚

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  11. NBose

    April 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    It wd be never be overdose of Man-Tam isms ….OK

    LOL on Marbook & Gas Khatam ho gaya… πŸ˜€

    And u don’t feel bad abt that money part…I feel that u r completely right by making them understand the value of money….i always feel parents should never keep their kids in rosy world about finances…..otherwise kids wd never face the reality and can be very demanding even when grown up…

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Yeah, even I feel so. They should know that their parents work hard to earn that money.

      But when they actually showed sugns of understanding money’s value, I wondered if I started too early.

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  12. My Era

    April 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

    πŸ˜† @ already cut cucumber slices and the little darlings thought the teacher didn’t cut them
    They are getting sweeter by the day…I love the mantamisms….tooo cute πŸ˜€
    Love to the little princesses πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Thanks Era. πŸ™‚

      Lottsa luv from them to you too πŸ˜€

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  13. lifeslittletwists

    April 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

    πŸ˜€ What ideas Eh? Gas khatam ho gaya, sending Didi back to the hospital, Marbook – I LOVED this one… How we get to know their heads work overtime – Muuah and hugs to them babes πŸ˜€ Keep more and more ofthem coming…

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    • Seema

      April 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Yeah, more coming very soon. πŸ™‚

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  14. shefwini

    January 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    too good!! just love them!!

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