Mantam dialogues

10 May


Me: Mantam, aaj summer camp mein Trifle Pudding banaaya?
Tammu: Pudding?? (Tubelight) Mamma ko kaise pata?
Me: School ke baahar board mein likha tha na? Maine padha
Tammu: Ohh
Me: Pudding kaise banaaya?
Tammu: Pehle cake daala, uske upar fruits daala aur khaya
Me: Aur kuch nahi daala?
Mannu: Haan haan, aur ek cheez daala. Garlic paste 😀
On 2nd May,
Me: Mantam, today is Baba Mamma’s wedding day
Tammu: Wedding day matlab?
Me: Matlab Baba and Mamma ne is day mein shaadi kiya tha.
Tammu: Mannu Tammu tab nahi tha?
Me: Nahi, tab Mannu Tammu nahi hua tha
Tammu: Oh, Iska Matlab… Mantam jab school mein tha, tab Baba Mamma Lukku Lukku jaake shaadi kar liya?

Tammu is reading a story book on her own and speaking all gibberish. I was sneering under my breath. Mannu notices my actions and whispers to me ‘Mamma, hasso na plz, Taa* angry ho jabo na?’

Taa – Mannu calls Tammu as Taa


So we brought the pair of birds home. In the auto
Mannu tells me – ‘Mamma, Birds ko new names rakhenge okay?’
Me – ‘Ok Mannu. Kya name bolo?’
Mannu – ‘Wait amar sochechi’ (Taps her index finger against her forehead knotting the eyebrows together with full drama)
After a while –
Mannu – ‘Yesss!!! (Eureka moment) Birds name rakhenge Teddy Bear. Ek teddy aur ek bear’


Just before hitting the bed, I asked them if they wanted to say ‘Good night’ to the birds.
Mannu – ‘Good night birds. Sleep light’
Me – ‘Say sleep tight Mannu, not light’
Mannu – ‘No Mamma. It’s sleep light’
Me – ‘Yeah, whatever!!!’
Tammu – ‘Good night birdies. Now you sleep. I coming jaldi in the morning okay? Don’t you fly off or I will be sad off… We love you birds. Don’t fly off…’
Mantam and I are in the balcony watching the birds, pur li’l garden and in general gazing the sky. All of a sudden Tammu blurts out in amusement pointing at the cage:
Tammu – ‘See see, this birdie is smiling at me’
Mannu – ‘Eh? Smiling eh? The birdie is yawning!’

Mantam have a toy which is a set of a long yellow nylon string and numerous beads of different colour and shapes which one of my ex-colleagues had gifted them. Apparently, playing with this toy improves a child’s pincer grip and prepares it to start writing. This is an year old toy and they now hardly play with it.

 Recently Tammu brought the yellow string out of the toy set and wrapped it around her waist twice and then the put the loose end on her left shoulder to leave it dangling like a Saree Pallu. Suddenly the way she walks changes imitate Bolly heroines as her hips sway like a pendulum with each step taken forward. This went on for a couple of days. And daily she used to look for her ‘Yellow Saree’ to wear and do all the nautanki.

They speak to Abbas over phone every night before sleeping. Most days, they present him with their wishlists, demanding chocolates, or pencils etc. One day she said ‘Baba, amar paas only yellow saree achi na? Only one saree achi. Amar ke liye one pink saree leke ashbo, okay?’


One day, Mannu spotted something which was two in number (My memory fails me to recall what it was) She asked me – ‘Ye two kyun hai? One kyun nahi hai?’ I was clueless as to what to answer. I only said ‘Errr….’ While trying to come up with an answer, she answered her own question – ‘Amake pata hai. Wo twins hai Mantam ke jaise na?’ And I ended up in a wide grin as I nodded 😀


Mantam are obsessed with making greeting cards these days. I told them that their Jumbo’s (BIL) birthday was approaching, so we would make a card for him and send it as a surprise to him. The card was made about on 5th, the Saturday. On Monday, I had called Bhabi on the way to office in Bulu. Bhaiyya picked the call and on hearing Mantam’s voice, he asked me to pass the phone to them. I gave the cell to Mannu and…

Mannu: Hi Jumbo, Amra jumbo jonnyo ekta gift bhejechi, ota surprise achi 😆

On Bhaiyya’s birthday which was on 9th, we actually called to wish him and this time Tammu spoke first

Tammu: Jumbo, Happy birthday to you. Jumbor jonnyo amra ekta gift bhejechi.

Mannu whispering to Tammu: Arey Taa… Jumbo ke bolo na, Ota to secret achi na? 🙄


Few classic sentences:

Tum ke liye amar diyechi.

I want to tell anything. (Supposed to mean, I want to say something)

Could me (This one left me puzzled for a looong time, and finally I cracked it. It’s ‘Excuse me’)

I am is there na? (Literal translation of ‘Main hoon na’)

You cooking do, I eating do

Why you do like this?

When asked not to do something, ‘Anything no happen Mamma, is okay’

When asked not to disturb Tammu – ‘I no disturbling only, I toh pyaar-ing’

When asked not to touch a candle ‘Why Mamma? Wo danger-ridge hai kya?’


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32 responses to “Mantam dialogues

  1. My Era

    May 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    tons of love and hugs to the super cute duo 😀 😀
    too cute!!


  2. Divya

    May 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Trust me seema I am Rolling on the floor looking at these sweet and funny sentences they say :))
    I wanted to know what those Bengali sentences mean exactly , in know Hindi very well so know the gist ….and I did not comment on your anniversary post ….was curious of why did not see Abbas Bhai’s comment…thought he would be the first person to comment 😉
    But he is a wonderful person….u guys are lovely !


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Will try to update the post with translations 🙂

      Abbas has commented, I am yet to approve all comments.

      Thanks Divya 🙂


  3. summerscript

    May 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww.. Awwwwwwwwwwwww… I can’t just pick one single sentence and say this is the best!!!!
    Seema, I want to tell anything!
    Ask them to keep talking I will keep listening!!! because I toh pyaar-ing them 🙂
    Truck loads of love to my little darlings!!!God Bless!


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Hahaha, You pyaar-ing them is it? You no pyaar-ing me? 😦


  4. R's Mom

    May 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

    hahahaha! this kids are sure a riot… 🙂 Big hugs to both of them…

    And oh on the phone the other day ‘Arey main Tammmmmmm bol rahi hoon, Mann ka mood nahi aap se talk karne ko’ :):) when I asked her are you Man or Tam speak 🙂


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Hehehe, she is a non-stop bakwaas radio re 😀


  5. Greenboochi (GB)

    May 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

    so so cute they are 😀 I loved their classic dialogues so much.. in their words.. “I liking mantam very much.. 😛 They talking do, I loving do :D”


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Hahaha, that was a good one. In true Mantam style 😀


  6. Lifeslittletwists

    May 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

    😀 I love their langauge. And what Luki Luki you and Baba went and got married Eh? Not fair to the girls yaa! Im with them 🙂


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Yeah, we are planning to get married once again in their presence re. Fair enough now? 😛


  7. lifesong

    May 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    The cutie pies 🙂 Muah to them. Had me smiling throughout 🙂


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      🙂 Glad it made you smile 🙂


  8. archierocks

    May 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    He he..super funny. Now, really, does every kid ask the shaadi question 🙂 very cute. Also the “You cooking do, I eating do” bit is the story of every daughter’s life. Forever, with amma 🙂

    What does “amar” mean? Mine?


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Agree 100% on every daughter’s story with Amma.

      Yes ‘Amar’ means mine but they use it to mean, me, I, for me, with me, myself… You get the drift right?


  9. aame

    May 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Awww they are just shoooo shoooo shona !!!! I loved the wedding day luka kuki and the teddy and a bear !!!! Their imaginations are actually so inspiring !!!! 😉 😀


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Their imaginations are inspiring, is it? *Faints and falls*


  10. garima

    May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    wow ‘Trifle Pudding’ and garlic past…nice combination,when am I geeting to eat it 😉
    Tammu the fashion icon wants pink saree….loved mantam i want to speak to them ,plzzz.


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Oye, you better not eat anything such 😀

      Come home na?


  11. Ashwathy

    May 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    The classic sentences made me burst out laughing 😆

    You kept your word. You said u would be back with Mantam-isms to cheer me up! 🙂 Hugs!


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Am I glad that they cheered you up or what? 😀

      As long as they don’t torture readers, I’ll have an unlimited supply of their dosages 😀


  12. Tharani

    May 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    LOL on pyaaring. Love love the mantam isms. keep them coming.


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Sure Tharani, will keep them coming till you guys threaten me to stop ’em.


  13. ashreyamom

    May 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

    //Tammu: Oh, Iska Matlab… Mantam jab school mein tha, tab Baba Mamma Lukku Lukku jaake shaadi kar liya?//
    super cute.. lukku lukku jaake.. ha ha ha..


  14. Pepper

    May 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    You cooking do, I eating do? LOL. I don’t mind a life like that. And Teddy bear? That surely is creative!
    What adorable bachas these two!


    • Seema

      May 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Abbas would be heart broken for even after coming up with creative names, ‘Teddy Bear’ seems to be taking the cake 😀


  15. Nousheen

    June 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Happy Birthday ManTam… 🙂


    • Seema

      June 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks babes. 🙂



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