I’m still here!!!

21 Aug


Yeah, I’m still around! I’m sure tired of announcing my come back in vicious circles. But I am truly humbled by calls, SMSes and e-mails by my lovely readers to check if all is well at my end. I even got to know that there are people who check my blog daily to get some updates  on Mantam 😀 I haven’t written Mantamisms for ages now and forgetting all the punch dialogues they come up with L

Last one month has been crazy what with Ramzan going on. Although neither Abbas nor I fast, Ma is here and she has been observing fast for the last 30 days. Weekends are the usual ones for us with delayed yet elaborate meals. I would try to take a nap after lunch but wouldn’t be able to catch any sleep as I would have to wake up and prepare Iftar for Ma. Also if we had to go about grocery shopping or any other outside chore, we had to make sure we came back by evening. And then again start preparations for the latter part of the day.

As far as grandparenthood is concerned, we now have 4 beautiful babies! Two eggs did not hatch due to lack of space in the pot for Potli to sit and hatch them. The chicks grew up in a jiffy and are now occupying most of the space inside the pot. The other pair of Ghotla and Ghotli have turned jealous of Potla family. The two of them keep a hawk eye on the pot and do not miss an opportunity to wage attack on the chicks. We have caught them red handed a couple of times and inspite of yelling at them, they refused to budge. An angry Abbas poured a mug of water once on the predators to shoo them off. He intends to give them away albeit with a heavy heart as they were his anniversary gift. As for me, I have decided to not give him any surprise gift for the life of mine 😀

Talking about the chicks, a fearful incident comes to my mind. A few weeks back the youngest chicks fell off the pot and hurt itself. We spotted blood on one its arms (if I may call so). I was devastated at the sight. It was too tiny to have survived the great fall. Abbas put his hand inside the cage and picked it up in his palm. But the pot is to the far right corner of the cage and his hand wouldn’t reach the pot. I got a ladle and we placed the chick in it and tried to reach the pot. But whenever Abbas would lift the ladle, the enthu chick would try to climb up and the ladle was retreated to prevent another fall. After a while the chick itself was tired and stayed curled and still in the ladle. We then quickly put it back in the pot. The parents immediately went in to cuddle the baby. Thank Goodness, the baby is fine now and growing into a beautiful bird 😀

I have been reading too! First I finished two David Baldacci’s books – simple genius and split second. Then I completed reading Amish Tripathi’s Immortals of Meluha and Secret of the Nagas. Had it not been for SnS’s review, I’m unsure if I would’ve noticed the iterative use of the word ‘frown’ or not. But it did make me frown each time I read it. The most recent read was the The Twentith Wife by Indu Sundaresan. I should be onto the next in the Trilogy soon.

On to a few updates on Mantam too. I know I know, you guys will sue me if I do not speak about them and rant about my own self.

Mention of immortals of Meluha reminds me of Mannu. When I opened the package from Flipkart, Mannu first saw the cover page in which Shiva is standing posing his back with a Trishul. Mannu looks at it and asks ‘Yeh uncle kab turn karenge?’ (When is this uncle going to turn) She is my official reading assistant. She frequently keeps a check on my progress, changes my bookmark now and then to decide which bookmark intensifies my reading speed. Tammu also holds my book once in a while and plucks the bookmark off leaving me with clenched fists trying to control my irritation! Looking at my disturbed state, she innocently  says ‘I’m Sorry Mamma, I’ll put it back right away’ and with a captivating smile puts the bookmark to any random page.

A lot of things have been happening at their school. First there was a trip on road to teach them road sense, traffic signals, crossing the road etc. They had a Farmhouse visit which they thoroughly enjoyed from what I hear. They have been celebrating all the recent festivals – Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami and Independence Day. This time on Janmashtami, I dressed both of them as Radha. Their Ghagra Choli revealed their belly button and both girls were so shy and would try to pull their skirts to conceal any exposure 😀 They were afraid that other kids would laugh at them saying ‘Puppy Shame’. I somehow convinced them saying that Krishnas would be coming in topless. Upcoming next is Fancy Dress with the theme of ‘Community Helpers’. Last year they were dressed as Doctor and Nurse. This year, I’m planning to make Mannu – Vegetable Seller and Tammu – Teacher.

I still have a million things to say… I will be back pretty soon! I am not picking any book for atleast two more weeks. I have to tend to my blogs for they have been long neglected. See you around!


Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


24 responses to “I’m still here!!!

  1. R's Mom

    August 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

    good to hear from you 🙂

    Eid Mubarak to you guys..and what to say about the kiddos..I love them 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Thank you RM. They love ya too 🙂


  2. Sugar and Spice

    August 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Wah.. So, you are back! Finally! And, hope to see you around, often! 🙂 🙂 Also, awaiting more Man-Tamisms! 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Yeah, finally!! I hope so too…


  3. lifeslittletwists

    August 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Hey! So so glad to find you writing something here!
    How come we are both reading David Baldacci’s now?! I’ve been reading them from the husband’s collection and still have more to go.
    Pets-sigh! One of the main reasons why I havent indulged in pets-is we need to take care of them just like babies and they can hurt us-just like babies do! I hope the little birdy gets alright fast and ready to fly…
    And we need more Mantams – ok?


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:44 am

      I picked up David Baldacci after reading from your blog only 🙂 I read both from the Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series…

      Arey, I have a few more updates on the birds. Will write a post soon.

      Ya ya sure!


  4. garima

    August 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    yayay your are back…
    where are the pics of two gorgeous radha?Hope to read more of your posts..take care.


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:46 am

      I couldn’t click that day before dropping them re. Just got a few pics from the school. Will upload.


  5. Sreetama

    August 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Ohh finally you are back! Hope the little bird is better now? My friends gifted me the Amish Tripathi books. How do u find them? I’m yet to start. Plz put up the pics of ManTam in Radha avatar!


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:48 am

      The bird is better re but again there is another long story of what happened to the same bird again. Will write about it.

      Amish Tripathy books are excellent plotwise. I’m waiting for the last one to be released eagerly. The vocabulary and the language is a bit of a dampener but content wise I liked them.

      Sure will put up the pics in my next post.


  6. Mathangi Vijay

    August 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Hey nice to see that you are back. Even I’ve been expecting Mantam posts for a long time now. Glad to know that all is well and that you have been busy in the usual sense.
    The Immortals of Meluha, even I have to read it. I keep thinking but somehow slip.
    And it should be so great to see the chicks growing in front of your eyes right?? Thats really a sweet experience!
    Good to have you back here and hope to hear more from you 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Yeah, they have grown into beautiful birds now, aren’t chicks anymore.

      Yup, I will be updating this space more often 🙂

      Feels so good to come back to readers like you Mathangi…


  7. aame

    August 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Wow ‘yeh uncle kab turn karenge’ !!! 🙂 🙂 And the part about the chick really kept me on nerves…thank God it is fine now 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Yeah the sight of such a small tiny being injured was heart wrenching re 😦


  8. Bikramjit Singh Mann

    August 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Million things to say , hmmm right start with the first one then 🙂
    Take care and good to see you back.. did i say that last time too 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Hahaha, I guess you did.

      I hope you don’t have to repeat atleast for quite some time now 🙂


  9. ashreyamom

    August 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    glad that u r still there :P..
    at times how hetic life becomes na .. so preparing for fancy dress?? post the pics.. 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:52 am


      Yup, Fancy dress is over.. Pics coming up soon


  10. My Era

    August 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    So glad to get some updates from you 🙂
    Am glad the little birds are fine now…. 😆 @ the way mantams were shy of (over) exposing their bellies.
    Tight hugs and lots of love to little darlings and their sweet mum 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Oh yeah, they were too shy to expose their bellies and later were consoled by seeing topless Krishnas 😀

      Tight hugs to you dear ME 🙂


  11. Comfy

    August 22, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Hope you and your family had a wonderful Eid.

    The bookmark thing is an everyday thing in our house as well. Reading about make me smile 🙂

    I bet they looked oh so cute in their Ghagra Choli 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Yes, that we did 🙂

      Oh there too? 😀

      Was reading Buzz’s post-growing-up plans from work. Couldn’t comment due to some firewall in place. Give her a big warm hug from my end, will ya? I was literally LOling at the putting you in car seat part.


  12. lostinmylilworld

    August 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Gald u are back, I was also the one who used to check on ur new posts but was disappointed not to hv seen u for quite sometime now.. Assumed so that u wud be busy with lot of stuff… Hey this is ot done, where are the pics of Mantham in Radha.. We wid all love to see them… Pics plz… 🙂


    • Seema

      August 28, 2012 at 1:01 am

      Wow, really. So good to know that.

      Will be put up pretty soon…



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