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New additions to our family!

09 May

Before you guys faint and fall thinking that I have conceived twins again, please read on:

Abbas is extremely passionate about pets. When he left Kolkata, he gave away his pets with a heavy heart and we never thought of getting pets again as we ourselves have been moving places. Most of the time there is no one at home over the week and having pets at home was a remote thought.

Ever since I brought the sparrow nest and bird feeder home, Abbas’s subsided passion for pets awoke with full force. There was no way we could get a pet dog coz then we would have had to look for pet day care and I would have had to pick them up along with Mantam. Abbas expressed his desire to get birds home like a kid demanding candy. Immediate reaction of mine was to say ‘No’. When he asked me to give him logical reasons as to why I am not in favour of this prospect, I said that I would not be able to see the birds caged and that I would prefer having a dog at home over caged birds. (Clearly knowing that having a dog at this point was impractical) With his track record, Abbas has mastered the knack of converting my ‘No’ to ‘yes’. He has an uncanny way of dealing with me and before I know it, i would have given in.

This began almost a month ago when the guy woke up on a Saturday morning earlier than usual and said ‘Chalo Seemu. Let’s go to Shivajinagar to get birds’ and I said ‘Have you lost it completely?’ After a few minutes, I saw myself getting ready to go along with him. I was more interested in going to Russell Market and praying that Abbas won’t get the bird of his choice. So, the five of us including Ma set off. We visited the pet shop and were stunned to learn the price of birds. A few pair of birds cost ten times more than what they cost in Kolkata. We returned home astounded. Before I could cheer secretly for my prayers had been answered, Abbas said ‘I’m gonna get birds and have them breed, I’ll start a side business!’ My jinx had just boomeranged on me.

And his hunt for wholesale bird sellers began. Weekends would see him on call gathering information about variety of birds, prices, sellers, comparing prices, visiting places, so on and so forth. The weekend when I had Baking class at home, he vanished all of a sudden. He came back home at around 5 in the evening with a ‘jhoola hua’ face. You know why? He had finally zeroed in on on the birds at a very low price from a person who does the business at his own home. But unfortunately, he didn’t have a cage for Abbas to get the birds. That person himself took Abbas to several pet stores in the vicinity to buy a cage but unfortunately / fortunately, he found no cage and had to return home empty handed after coming so close. Later when Abbas called the same guy, he did not respond well and said that the birds were already sold.

Abbas found another contact Mr. N and got all the details over phone. On May 1st, as it was off for all of us, we went out for monthly grocery shopping. Abbas was hurrying to get done with the shopping coz he had fixed an appointment with N. When we left the mall, Abbas gave N a call just to confirm, and the guy said that he won’t be available till evening and asked to come some other day. Once again Abbas was thwarted and declared that his long time desire remains unfulfilled as both his mom and wife are not willing to get it. His melancholy had some effect on me…

Next day being our anniversary (I published the anniversary post with some delay), we did not have any plans to celebrate it and it was just another regular working day for us. When Abbas went to take bath in the morning, I quickly surfed his mobile to get N’s cell number from Call History. I called this guy from office. He said that he was in bank and asked to call after 10 mins. When I called next, his phone was switched off. I kept on calling at regular intervals and finally got through by noon. I asked him if I could come to see the birds at 6 in the evening. He agreed and asked me to come near a mall in that area and give him a call and he would direct me how to reach his place.

In the evening, after I left office, I went straight to Mantam’s day care and it was actually dance class day for them. But I had doubts as to whether I’ll be able to reach back in time to pick them up. So I picked them up and three of us hopped into an auto and headed towards that mall. Just when we were 2 signals away from the mall, I called N and the guy didn’t pick up the call. I called at least 20 times within 5 minutes but to no avail. We had travelled quite far and I didn’t want to return. I instructed the auto driver to take us to Shivajinagar and requested him to drop us back home. To my fortune, the autodriver was an empathetic guy. On the way I screeched at the sight of a pet shop just as we reached Shivajinagar.

We went in. I chose the birds and a cage. They suggested a pot for breeding, some imported grain called Birdigree or something and multi vitamin drops. I knew I paid a bomb but I wanted to see a happy Abbas at the end of the day. Mantam were scared to get into the auto looking at the birds. But later on, they began conversing with them. Mannu named them Teddy Bear 🙄

Instead of being surprised, Abbas was shocked to see the birds when he came home. First thing he asked me was how much I spent in all. He liked the birds but he found the cage too small. Also according to him, they had got a nice’ bakri’ in me and sold all hi-fi products. This Saturday, we went to the shop again to exchange the cage and Birdigree for a bigger cage, another pair of birds, an extra pot for breeding. Abbas has named them Potla, Potli, Ghotla and Ghotli.

Potla and Potli are a mix of Yellow and Blue, while Ghotla and Ghotli are Blue and White. We are in love with them. We have kept the cage in the balcony adjacent to our bedroom. I wake up to their squeaking noise in the morning even if I shut the alarm off 😀

Here I present to you, new additions to our family:

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35 responses to “New additions to our family!

  1. R's Mom

    May 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

    you are such a sweetheart yaar!!! loved the birds..though I would never have the guts to keep them..especially in our place in Mumbai where you cant walk two steps without hitting against something..

    But well, you are a sweetheart 🙂

    I loved the names and the pictures

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Arey RM, you must see how passionate he is about pets. Pets and sports were his life once upon a time. He was let go of all the things that interest him. Since this was something feasible, I did not have the heart to deny, although I disagreed initially.

      And now even Mantam have become fond of them 🙂

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  2. summerscript

    May 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    They are so so pretty and love their names… so so cute 🙂
    I would like to meet them all one day (and eat brownie of course)
    Abbas bhaiya– I am your fan!!!! 🙂
    loads and loads of love to the whole family!! God Bless!!

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Come na? You can hop in anytime right?

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  3. adarshnaditya

    May 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Oh how sweet!!!!!!! 🙂 They are adorable…. I really wonder I do you find time for all this!!

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Thanks Nameeta.

      I make time re 😀

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  4. Sugar and Spice

    May 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Beautiful! Both, the birds and the story behind them! 🙂 🙂

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Hey SnS, thank you 🙂

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  5. Lifeslittletwists

    May 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Cute birds and cuter names 🙂 Where did he come up with those amazing names?!!

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

      He is a pro at coming up with names. Actually, the day I brought the bird home, I told him that we were gonna have Potluck at office the next day. The word Potluck made him name one pair, Potla and Potli. Ghotla and Ghotli followed 😀

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  6. Greenboochi (GB)

    May 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Very beautiful birds, are these love birds…? Yayyy to you for bringing them home for your anniversary… whats with those wholesale dealers… one said they were sold off and the other was so irregular picking up calls… may be their business is too good already…

    Lol at Mannu calling them teddy Bear:D

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Yes, they are love birds.

      Dunno why the wholesale dealers were behaving in a strange and unpredictable manner. 😀

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  7. Bikramjit Singh Mann

    May 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Excellent.. I guess we men think alike.. I had a dog here gave it back because of time , he was left alone for a long time.. so bird cage is on agenda . I do have fish though….

    Beautiful birds I had a pair back home in India…

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Oh, you too Bikram? Wow!!!

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  8. ashreyamom

    May 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    lovely, colorful birds.. but u need to take care of them properly na.. that too with kids around..

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Yes, they need to be taken care of like kids.

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  9. aame

    May 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Awww Potla Potli Ghotla Ghotli as cute as their cutey cutey names !!!! Congrats on the sweet family expansion 🙂 You got quadruplets now 😉

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Hahaha, on getting quadruplets. It didn’t occur to me. Would have made a better title to this post.

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  10. momofrs

    May 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I’d really like to post a looong comment here because for some reason, my office firewall allowed me to see your blog 🙂 That in itself calls from a a celebration from me 🙂
    Secondly, kudos to you for all that effort to see your man happy!!
    MUST learn a lesson from this. The BF’s birthday is around the corner and it never struck me that I must do something for him! Thanks for writing this post…i needed the kick 😀

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Hey Momofrs, you commented on my blog! That certainly calls for a celebration from me too. 😀

      Yes, please let me know what you did for him and his reaction 🙂

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  11. Ashwathy

    May 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Very pretty… 🙂

    But why do u have to keep them caged? Unfair na 😦

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Yes, I know Ash. That was one of the reasons I rejected the prospect initially. But then Abbas said ‘They will anyway remain caged and if not us someone else will take them. Why not bring them home and take good care of them?’

      But even then, I know it’s unfair 😦

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  12. sanika

    May 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a while and simply put just love it. I love reading about your 2 pretty daughters, I have a 5 month old daughter and cant wait to hear her speak as yours do 🙂
    Was wondering if you send me the password to read your “love story” ONLY if you wish to, else its completely fine with me 🙂 I anyways enjoy reading about your cute family !

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Hey Sanika, welcome here.

      Glad you took time out to comment and let me know. You have a 5 month old daughter? What have you named her?

      I sent you an e-mail, plz check.

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  13. Anonymously Disguised

    May 10, 2012 at 5:52 am

    It was so sweet of you to get him what he wanted. Trust me how much ever I love my man I would never ever do such a thing as buy him a pet coz for one I am scared of all four legged creatures. Second, the rest of them who have less than 4 legs still poops no? I don’t want to end up cleaning and scrubbing one more toilet!!! 🙄 😥

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Darling, I have domestic help here na? I don’t do all the household chores myself.

      And Abbas too helps me around (after I refuse to stop nagging till he moves his butt, that is)

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  14. garima

    May 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    where is my comment? 😦
    In one of your previous post too I comment vanished ;-(

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    • Seema

      May 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      I dunno Garima. I generally check the Spam also. Dunno where the comment disappeared 😦

      WP is behaving weird these days na?

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  15. archierocks

    May 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I have always wanted to have these at home.I am not too much into pets, but these look super cute. And I assume ( pray, hope) they are non-messy, self cleaning things. Ghotla and Ghotli are the best names I have heard for birds. Sach!

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    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Hey Archana,

      Welcome here. Yeah they are cute but are certainly not non-messy or self cleaning things 😀

      But the cage that we got has a detachable tray which collects all their poop. We keep a newspaper in the tray and change it regularly. So it’s easy to manage 🙂

      Hahaha, Mannu thinks otherwise and she said ‘Baba ne kya naam rakha hai, Poyla Potli Ghotla Ghotli eh? Mera naam to sabse best tha na? Teddy Bear?’

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  16. Abbas

    May 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I know it’s a little late to comment….but that day I was not surprised but shocked!!…i couldn’t believe after office she went wid Mantam all de way to shivajinagar…to bring me something which will make me happy!!…my lady let me tell you…u r urself a boon for me…on the top of it wid Mantam u have given something which I never dreamt off even…SEE MA TUJHE SALAAM!!
    Lots of luv…:-)

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  17. The Girl Next Door

    June 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    The birds are very cute, and the story behind you getting them home is even sweeter. 🙂 You are such a sweetie to go to such lengths to make your hubby happy. 🙂

    The names are super cute – Potla and Potli, Ghotla and Ghotli.

    I think like you do. I somehow am not ready to cage birds and keep them at home. I would rather get a dog. However, since both the OH and I are working, we are unable to do that at the moment. So, we remain pet-less for now!

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    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Hey TGND, Dunno how I missed this comment…I’m extrememely sorry re 😦

      Arey, he has now warned me not to buy anything without his knowledge as I spent a lot more than the actual price. He was rather shell shocked than surprised 😳

      Same here. Me too would prefer a pet dog anyday which can roam about freely inside the house and live like a family member over caged birds. But like you said, since all of us are practically out of the house 5 days of the week.

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