Mantamisms in 2013 – Part 1

02 Jan

We were planning to go out for Durga Puja pandal hopping with our neighbours S and A. S came to our home to seek help in wearing saree. I gave my pair of earrings to go with the saree. On seeing this, Tammu tells S sternly: ‘You should not use other’s things’


One evening at home, I lose my cool and yell at Tammu for something very trifle. She goes to her bed and starts crying. I feel terrible for having yelled at her. I go to her, cuddle her and apologize for reacting the way I did. Her face breaks into a wide grin, she pats on my head lovingly and says “It’s okay Mamma”. I ask her innocently “Didn’t you get angry on me?” She coolly replies “Mamma, I get angry only when you prepare Kachha Puchha* food”

Talk about kids and their priorities!

*Kachha Puchha is a term used for something that is not good)


I call my Amma on her birthday and let Mantam wish her ‘Happy birthday Ammamma’. By the time I took the phone over, she was sobbing. I too reciprocated. Looking at me Mantam got confused as to what was happening. And they too began bawling.

After some time:

Tammu: Why did you cry Mamma?

Me: Coz I miss my Mamma and Baba. They are angry with me.

Mannu: Why are they angry with you?

Me: Coz I married your Baba

Tammu: You should’ve first married them  before marrying Baba na??

Me: You can’t marry your parents beta. For ex, you both can’t marry me or Baba.

Mannu: Then whom should we marry?

Me: It’s up to you.

Tammu: But I don’t want to marry Mamma.

Me: That’s fine. It’s also up to you.

Mannu: But I want to marry Mamma.

Me: That’s also fine.

Mannu: Should I marry a girl or a boy?

Me: That’s again up to you.

Mannu: Ok fine. Then I will first marry a girl, then a boy , then a girl, then a boy… Like that. Ok Ma?

Me: If you can manage to do that, I have no probs!!!


I tie their hair in a new style.

An amazed Mannu asks me: What is this Mamma?

Me: That’s a new style!

Mannu: Of, you mean Gangnam style eh?


Abbas takes Mantam to the cupboard where their dresses are kept to choose what they are gonna wear. He tells them that they should carefully pull the dresses and not make a mess as their mom spends a lot of effort in ironing the clothes, how her back aches in doing so.

Tammu: Then why don’t you help Mamma in ironing the clothes?

Abbas: But I don’t know how to iron clothes.

Tammu: Then you can learn na?

I started howling in the background like a hyena 😀


One of Mannu’s fav ways to pass time is to pretend to be speaking on her dummy mobile phone.

She pretends to be busy with something and holds phone with the help of her shoulder. Conversation goes like this:

Hello… You busy? Okay I’ll call later

Dials again


Pauses… Mmmm.. Ahhaaa…Hmm… Giggles…Ha?… Ohho…. Okay… What is your name???

And I faint!!!


Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Uncategorized



25 responses to “Mantamisms in 2013 – Part 1

  1. ashreyamom

    January 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    lol on the phone things.. thats so cute.. best was the marriage part.. :).. girl , boy , girl ,boy.. super answer i have heard till now.. 🙂


    • Seema

      January 3, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Glad you enjoyed Ashreyamom


  2. R's Mom

    January 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    hahahhaha! they are too cute :):) I swear their bright eyes come in front of me everytime I read about them..Darn! I wish we had met up in Goa 😦


    • Seema

      January 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Our stay was also too short and then the chaos that you guys had to undergo to reach there… Chalo, next time. Oye, btw when is the Mumbai marathon re?


  3. ~S

    January 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Happy New Year Seema, and good to have you back 🙂


    • Seema

      January 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you S. Wish you a happy new year too.


  4. Bikramjit Singh Mann

    January 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    WHat is your name HE he he he he he 🙂 Loved it

    and the mantamisms are back yayyyyyyyyyyyy

    god bless the little ones …


    • Seema

      January 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Hehe 🙂

      Thanks Bikram


  5. lostinmylilworld

    January 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Wow the little ones hv really grown up haan? but their nautiness too has no ends I guess.. Lol on the thought of the marriage.. I do wonder where they get such ideas!!

    Ganjam Style hammmmmm..


    • Seema

      January 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      I seriously dunno where they get these ideas from!!!


  6. lifeslittletwists

    January 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Gangnam style?! And loved the last- after all the giggles and aahh hmmms she asks the name? Seema, beware!! 😉 loved this post. Mantam after so long…


    • Seema

      January 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Yeah, they are on phone most of the times, Mannu talking to some Sheela and Tammu, as usual to her Johnny 🙄


  7. Pepper

    January 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    What a treat this post was! I couldn’t stop laughing at marrying a girl then a boy then a girl bit. 😀
    They are so much fun.

    And wow, you called your amma! That part made my heart stop. Did you talk to her?


    • Seema

      January 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      I tried talking to her, but she kept mum from the other end. All I could hear was her sobs 😦


  8. anisnest

    January 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

    learn ironing is the best 😀


    • Seema

      January 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Woo hoo! Yeah, but even I get to face the brunt when they take Abbas’ side sometimes 😦


  9. alwayshappykya

    January 3, 2013 at 3:46 am

    The last one with the fake phone convo got me snorting ..controlling hard not to laugh at work. LOL!

    Here’s to more cheer and fun mantamisms in 2013. God bless 🙂


    • Seema

      January 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you AHK 🙂 Nice to see you around again.


  10. Mathangi Vijay

    January 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Hey Seema, good to have you back here. Missed Mantamisms a lot and this seems to be a fair quota for compensation.
    Just loved reading every line and was laughing away on Mannu’s marriage experiments 🙂
    Have a Happy New Year! Hugs to Mantam


    • Seema

      January 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Glad to have made you laugh 🙂

      Happy new year to you to Manthangi. Will pass on the hugs to them.


  11. deepM

    January 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Chalo, because of this Marathon going on i will be able to read your post daily. Atleast for few days right?

    Mantamisms is awesome. 🙂


    • Seema

      January 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      I have to show this to Abbas. He is bugged with my marathon thingie big time. And has been asking me who would want to read me daily??

      Thanks deepM 🙂


  12. lampnitslight

    January 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Hey you got to speak to you mom, on her brthday thats so great 🙂 Mantam are cute dolls …hugs to them 🙂


    • Seema

      January 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Yeah, it felt good though she didn’t reply. I could sense that she could recognize her grand-daughters’ voice. Thanks Garima. Will pass them on 🙂


  13. manasaprasad

    October 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Awwwww! My hugs to the cuties!!!! Loved all the instances, esp. The one about marriage!



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