Mantamisms – after a long break

03 Jul

In Wonderla,

After coming out of the play pool, both Mantam are shivering rigorously. They are not able to express what they’re going through. This is how they put across:

Mannu: Mere andar kuck kuch ho raha hai. (Something something is happening inside me)

Tammu: Mere teeth up and down kyu ho raha hai? (Why are my teeth moving up and down?)


When we went on the tilted saucer ride, Kaku, Kakima and Ma stayed back. But Mantam came along with us.

Mannu: Why are Bor-dadu, Didun and Didi not coming Mamma?

Me: They’re scared.

Tammu: Arey Mamma, wo log vegetables nahi khate hain, strong nahi hai, isiliye scared ho gaya hai. Lekin Mannu Tammu to vegetables khata hai, strong hai, isiliye scared nahi hua hai.

Me: *rolls eyes*


We went in the crazy cars, Mannu sat with me. The person in charge there came and safely belted us. While I was being a paranoid and thinking that I must hold her with my left hand and handle the steering with my right hand, Mannu asks me very confidently:

“Will you drive or shall I drive?”

I wanted to bang my head on the steering 😛


One fine day in Bulu,

Tammu: “Mamma, will you marry me please?”

Me: “Why beta?”

Tammu: “I want to marry you Mamma. Please na?”

Me: “Errr…. Okay. When?”

Tammu: “Friday?”

Me: “You need to go to school and me to office on Friday”

Tammu: “Ok then Sunday?”

Me: “Ya fine” (gambling on her forgetfulness)


Mannu was crying for some reason, when I proceeded to embrace her and lift her in my arms, she kept her body so stiff that I felt a slight muscle pull in my shoulder. When I let out an “Ouch”

Tammu: “Mamma mereko shaadi nahi kiya na? Shaadi karta to main mamma ko oil massage kar deta na?” (Mamma didn’t marry me na? Had you married me, I would have given you an oil massage)

Me thinks: Whoever educated her about the fringe benefits of marriage? 😀


RM had sent them story books of Toto the Auto and the driver Pattu. They loved the stories especially because we ply on auto daily in the evenings.

In each of the story, Toto talks to Pattu but Pattu hears something else. For eg, Toto says, why don’t we get a rope? But Pattu replies, why do you need a soap now?

Both giggle a lot whenever Pattu hears a rhyming word. Mannu got so fascinated by this syndrome of Pattu’s that she has begun saying rhyming word for whatever we say. She generally replaces the first letter of each word with alphabet ‘P’. So the conversation in our home goes like this:

Me:  Teacher ne books bheja hai. Aaj books ko cover karenge.

Mannu: Pooks ko power kyu karna hai? (giggles)

Me: Drink your milk Mannu.

Mannu: Drink your Pilk-aa?? (snorts)

Me: Thoda sa khao na Mannu?

Mannu: Phoda sa phao?? (chuckles)

At times it’s funny but other times it gets on my nerves. So one day, I began poing the pame phing pith per. (Get the drift?)

Mannu: Mamma…

Me: Pamma? Who is Pamma here?

Mannu: Mamma kya Pattu ke jaise sunta hai kya?

Me: Mamma Pattu ke jaise punta hai

After some time, she realizes how it is to be on the receiving end and doesn’t like it one bit.

Mannu: Sorry Mamma….

Me: Porry aa? What porry?

She gets irritated and is about to break down. I give her a big hug.

Now we both go on Pattu mode only when the other is in a good mood. It’s actually fun. Pry it once…


Toto is a hero who helps people with his brave deeds.

One day when we are coming back in the auto, we saw another auto completely inverted.

Our auto’s driver stopped the auto, went to check on his fellow driver.

Mannu: Ye auto nahi jayega help karne ke liye?

Me: Driver uncle gaye hain na help karne?

Mannu: To ye auto kya sad hai?

Me: Yes

Mannu: Ye cry kahaan se karega?

Me: Errr…. (ponders for an answer for what seems like eternity, remembers Ross when he whitens his teeth and is unable to answer the girl’s questions on his date) we can’t see the auto’s tears…

Thankfully the driver comes back by then and then questions about what happened to the other auto continues…


Tammu walks on her toes one day with her heels raised and asks us:

“Mujhe aise waala shoes kharidke do na Mamma Baba” (Buy me such shoes na?)


Generally Mantam’s morning routine includes, removing their diapers and throwing in the dustbin and then brushing their teeth… so on and so forth.

Today, Tammu forgot to remove her diapers. We had got up late and were completing our chores quickly to watch Satyamev Jayate. Nobody noticed that she hadn’t removed her diapers.

At around 12, Tammu suddenly remembers that her diapers are still on. She slowly slides her pant and shows me with a naughty grin, “See Mamma”

Abbas notices and admonishes her “Tammu? You didn’t remove it yet?”

Tammu, the expert in ready-made answers: “Main to Baba ke liye surprise rakhi thi” (It was a surprise for Baba)



Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


32 responses to “Mantamisms – after a long break

  1. Mathangi Vijay

    July 3, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Mantam are absolutely adorable!!
    They are so brave to come in the tilted saucer ride and all.. Good for you..
    The Toto auto story is fun.. And Surprise for Baba!! Hilarious 🙂
    My Hugs and kisses to them 🙂


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Arey Mathangi, we were actually surprised to see their enthu…

      Glad you enjoyed reading 🙂

      Will certainly pass on to them.


  2. greenboochi

    July 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Muah to Mantam for bringing on a smile to me at the start of the day 🙂 they are as cute as always 🙂


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Mantam are glad to have made you smile. Will come up with another post on Mantamisms soon.


  3. summerscript

    July 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Kuch Kuch ho raha hai- heheheheh super cute they are!!
    Awesome Awesome!!! Now I will have a big smile on my face the whole day!! 😀


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      I’m quite late in replying so dunno what to say!


  4. Visha

    July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Ahem, ahem..oil massage…maybe Tammu is very observant at home 😉

    Baba ke liye surprise….that was so witty 😆


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Her sensors are very sensitive to the distance between Abbas and I. As long as we are far away, they are dormant. As soon as we get close, the receptors beep like crazy 😀


  5. lostinmylilworld

    July 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Its always a pleasure to read abt Manthamism they will always surprise me by their responses n actions.,,, Lovely!! I loved the one where Tammu is always ready with her answers – “Main to Baba ke liye surprise rakhi thi” ha ha ha ROFL… Let more n more Manthamism keep coming,,


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      I should be coming up with one ASAP…


  6. Ashwathy

    July 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    What is with you and R’s mom? 🙄 Just use the emoticon for rolls eyes instead of literally typing it!! 😛

    LOL @ fringe benefits of marriage!! 😀 She’s a fast learner i say!

    LOL @ getting a dose of her own Pattu medicine 🙂 It’s both interesting and annoying at the same time!

    Omg, was she hinting at heels?? 😯

    ROFL @ Surprise rakhi thi! 😆 Now what do u have to say? 😛


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      I do use the emoticon. I had written this post in MS Word so had to write ‘rolls eyes’.

      Yes she was hinting at heels. She has a fetish for shoes from a very tender age. 🙂 Whenever we are in a mall, she automatically gets dragged to the footwear section!

      They leave us tongue tied these days re 😦 We are trying to find solace by watching some old videos when they were just learning to speak and listened to us without using their mind 😀


  7. ashreyamom

    July 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    //“Will you drive or shall I drive?”// very cute…
    u must be really busy with both mantam asking u questions, and finding answers..:P..
    why did marrying thing come up in their mind??
    diaper and surprise.. :P.. very intelligent.. 🙂


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      I am losing hair at an alarming rate! The kind of questions that they come up with at an alarming speed is straining my brain cells big time 😛

      I dunno, I swear I dunno !


  8. My Era

    July 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    😆 😆 😆 too cute and the oil massage one steals the cake 😉 😉 😆
    Tights hugs to the little darlings 😀


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Hehehe… Hugs right back to you from Mantam ME 🙂


  9. ~S

    July 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    “Fonderful Fost”! lol Wonderful post 😉


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      You are a quick learner I fay, err say!


  10. Sreetama

    July 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Hey, cute post! Man Tam are so sweet & smart!!! 🙂 Hugs to them!


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Sreetama, nice to have you back dear. Hope to see you around.

      Hugs right back from Mantam 🙂


  11. Mom of A and a

    July 6, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Hi, I’m a new reader..your kids are so sweet and smart!!!


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Welcome here Mom of A and a.

      Thanks and hope to see you around.


  12. LLT

    July 6, 2012 at 5:48 am

    😀 I LOVE Mannu Tammu 😀 Commenting for all the previous posts also… Looks like the vacation and wonderLa was a huge hit and what is so funny if the kids ask you why ‘kuch kuch ho raha hai’?? Theek hi toh bol rahe hai – hai na- bolo bolo? Dont make fun of my kids like that…hmmmpphhh…

    By the way-did you collect from Vidhya? I hope they would like it and the origami book for you to teach them… Will maybe mail you in detail…


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      Arey baap re… I’ll be careful not to make fun of your kids 😀

      I’m so sorry. I collected it quite late from Ramya. One weekend I went but she wasn’t home, next weekend she was out of station, another weekend I wasn’t able to go, aise karte karte somehow I finally collected it. They love the colouring books re but to be very honest with you, Abbas loves the books more. He keeps fighting with them when they are colouring 🙄

      We did a lot of origami crafts, pics to be following in a post soon…


  13. The Girl Next Door

    July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm


    They are so so so adorable, Seema. 🙂 Specially loved the ‘Baba ke liye surprise rakhi thi’ and ‘fringe benefits of marriage’. Kids these days are so smart. They have a ready-made answer for everything. 🙂


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      They work on fast forward mode re… They do have ready made answers for everything.


  14. Sujatha

    July 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    “Main to Baba ke liye surprise rakhi thi” this is awesome !!


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Hehehe yeah. That was spontaneous.


  15. Comfy

    July 27, 2012 at 1:34 am

    These two are adorable Seema. I am smiling so big as I read all about them. 🙂 Loads of love to the two of them 🙂


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks Comfy. Glad to have made you smile.


  16. Rahmath

    July 28, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    loooooooooong time….. No write???? 🙂

    Missing your blogs and Mantamisms:)


    • Seema

      July 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      I should soon be posting about my whereabouts soon. Thoda aur intezaar plz 😀



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