Day 5 | Mantamism – after a long long time

05 Jan

Since my last 2 posts made most of you shed tears, I thought it’s time to make up for it. What better way to do that than writing Mantam-isms?

When we moved to our house, I assigned a few duties to Mantam. Mannu’s responsibility was to make sure there was an extra tissue roll placed in the toilet in case the hung one gets over midway. She would perform her job so diligently that she would make frequent visits to the toilet to check if the last one she had placed had been hung or not. Tammu had this habit of using more tissues than required for her business. I had told them strictly that they were not supposed to waste tissues as the rolls we had bought were getting over soon.
Cut to the days when A started living with us. Mannu realized that the tissues were getting over too fast  One day, when she went about her duty, she counted the number of rolls left and came running to me and said “Mumma, the tissues rolls are getting over very fast and we just have 2 more left. What will we do now? We don’t even have jobs to buy more” I assured that her parents had enough money to buy necessities and she didn’t have to worry. We were just trying to avoid spending for things which we can do without.

When A lived with us, Mantam and I slept together in our room. Abbas slept with A in the other room. After a few weeks, Mantam started missing Abbas. And Tammu told me one day “Mumma, you have been sleeping with us for so many days. Let Baba sleep with us today. You go and sleep with A uncle” I didn’t know how to tell her why I couldn’t do that :mrgreen:

When the talks about my visit to Melbourne were going on:

Me: Mantam, do you know Mumma will have to go to Melbourne for an interview.

Mantam: Where is it Mumma?

Me: It is in Australia only but in a different state. So, I will have to stay a night. I will go on Monday and come back on Tuesday.

Mantam: But what will we eat Mumma?

Me: Don’t worry about food. I will cook enough for you all before going. But don’t trouble Baba much okay?

Mantam: You don’t worry about Baba. We will take care of him

Me: By the way, if I get the job in Melbourne we will move from here. You will have to leave your school and your friends here.

Mantam: Oh but where will we live in Melbourne?

Me: If I get a job, then I will go and find a house first. Then Baba will bring you both there.

Mannu: Mumma, when you look for a house in Melbourne can you please find a house which doesn’t have a balcony?

Me (Puzzled): Why bachhe? Don’t you like balcony?

Mannu: If there is no balcony, then Baba will not be able to smoke na?

(Background: Ever since A came, he would go to the balcony to smoke and even Abbas resumed his addiction after having quit for many years. Well, Mantam and I made him promise that he would quit when he gets a job and he has quit it now thankfully)

PS: I told Mantam that my blog readers have sent hugs, kisses and love to them. They want to thank all of you and have sent tight hugs to each one of you.


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23 responses to “Day 5 | Mantamism – after a long long time

  1. Vaayadi Pennu ;)

    January 5, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I guess I need to read more of your older posts to know the people in your life.. will do that.. but child talk is mostly cute..


  2. tandooripanipurilife

    January 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    ok so finally I got chance to comment on your posts, that too when I am at work lol
    You know Seema, since past few days after reading all your posts I wanted to tell you that these tough times have made both you and mantam very very strong .. specially mantam at this age have become so brave, they have learned very valuable lessons which I am sure will be very helpful to them whole of their life. May you all never have to go through any tough time again. God bless you all and stay happy always. Hugggss..


    • Seema

      January 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Thank you TP 🙂 Tight hugs to you too. Thanks for the best wishes


  3. More than words

    January 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    This post really made me smile !! They are really adorable 😘


    • Seema

      January 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Happy to know that the post made you smile Paramita 🙂


  4. amitasingh10

    January 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Awww… so sweet. God Bless.. You should put a virtual kala tikka on these posts.


    • Seema

      January 8, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Hahaha, thank you Amita. I have such wonderful bunch of readers that there is no fear of evil eye. We are only getting blessed with good wishes 🙂


  5. Tharani

    January 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Mantamism after a long long time. Loved it 🙂


    • Seema

      January 8, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Thanks Tharani. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  6. Little Fingers

    January 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    They are so smart kiddos. I keep telling but they surely are .


    • Seema

      January 8, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Hehe, thanks Lifi 😀


  7. Pepper

    January 5, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I have fallen quite madly in love with Mantam.. I feel touched by how understanding, loving, mature and adjusting they’ve been. And ofcourse, they’re so much fun! Couldn’t stop laughing at their request .. what did you tell them? Why couldn’t you sleep with A?


    • Seema

      January 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Dunno why this comment ended up in Spam! Saw it just now. Sorry.

      Hehe, really? Good to know. Arey, I just diverted them by saying that I didn’t want to leave them and go. But Tammu did insist that I had been sleeping with them everyday and Baba was missing them. Then I told that A was Abbas’s friend and not mine anyway. If A uncle would have been my friend, I wouldn’t have minded going 😛


  8. Smitha

    January 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Aren’t they the cutest!!


  9. greenboochi

    January 5, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Totally loved this post 🙂


  10. Roopa

    January 6, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Hey Seema,

    Just read your posts about ManTam.They are really good kids and you both have done a great job raising them. Migrating to new country is not easy, and you both went through a lot. I wish you both very best and hope that from now on life provides you all with the best of everything!


    • Seema

      January 8, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Thank you so much Roopa. Good to know that you are still reading me. We are both almost in the same boat and I wish you also the best of everything form the bottom of my heart 🙂


  11. manasaprasad

    January 6, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Loved it, especially the one in which the twins ask you to sleep with A uncle! They are still so cute! I hope they continue with their cute dialogues for long, and I hope you narrate them for us for long….. 🙂


    • Seema

      January 8, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Haha LOL. Sure, I will Manu. Im trying to collate a few more of them to make another post (Fodder hungry, you see?)



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