Mantam-isms are back

25 Jul

It’s been a while since I recorded our fun conversations. Thankfully I have gotten into the habit of making quick notes on my phone so that I don’t forget these titbits of our lives before they get jotted down for posterity’s sake.

Here goes in my usual style:

Mantam have gone over Bollywood movies. Given their favourite cartoon show and a Hindi movie, no prizes for guessing that they would choose the latter. And the extreme dose of Bolly movies has had some side effects on them.

Tammu: What is the difference between Pyaar and Mohabbat?

Me: Both mean love, but Mohabbat is usually referred to the love between a couple.

Tammu: Ohhh, Baba and you mohabbat each other??


“Jumma chumma de de” is playing on TV

Mannu (in a derisive tone)  : What’s so good about a kiss? Why are they even making up a song about it??? Huh!!


After watching sholay,

Me: Mantam, one of you get in the shower. I’m gonna shampoo your hair.

Mantam: Let’s toss a coin to decide who’s gonna be the first one to go.


Coming to their latest choices of profession, Tammu has decided that she wants to be a waitress. I have been cashing in on the opportunity in encouraging her to set the dinner table, fetch me food / water etc. Just a little bit of praise about how well she is on the way to achieve her dreams, and I get a lot of work done 😀

One Sunday afternoon after lunch, Mannu gets off the table without picking her plate.

Me: Man, can u please put your plate in the sink?

Tammu (pops out of nowhere): Mannu, may I please do it for you? After all I am the one who is gonna be a waitress.

Man and I start giggling

While Tammu seems to have her life goals sorted out, Mannu is not the one to be left far behind. She announced today that she wants to be a house maid. She loves cleaning to no end. As if helping me at home wasn’t enough, she has been offering help at her school and the after-school care centre in sorting, sweeping and other cleaning activities. The staff seem to be gung-ho about how they have never had a child who has been so enthusiastically helpful. As if that was not enough, she also helped clean her friend’s room while at her home recently.

Abbas is out of wits as to where his daughters are heading.


Mantam recently received their half yearly report from their respective class teacher. Tammu, being the creative one, got this brilliant idea of presenting her teacher with a report in return. She came up with a full page detailed notes of what she felt about the teacher. The second page had pointers with attributes and then two columns with a happy and a sad smiley. She had cleverly marked the positive ones with a check in happy smiley column and the negative ones in sad smiley column. She even folded the report and sealed it in an envelope to handover to her teacher. I missed taking a picture of it. The teacher apparently was amused by the gesture and said “Tamanna you are so funny” after reading it 😀


Before Mantam’s birthday party, one Sunday I made a grocery list and sent it to Abbas as he headed out for the weekend shopping. It was already 11 AM. Abbas told me to start doing rest of my work before he comes back so that I can directly start cooking as soon as he arrives. I said of course I will but for a while I need to surf the internet with Mantam for some ideas on the party invitation cards. So he left and the three of us got engrossed in the invitation hunt. Before we knew it Abbas rang the doorbell.

Mannu (gasps): Mumma, quickly switch off the laptop or else you are gonna land yourself in Beeeeeg trouble.

I just couldn’t stop laughing at her presence of mind and concern for me 😀



Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Uncategorized


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10 responses to “Mantam-isms are back

  1. Anonymously Disguised

    July 26, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Ha….this is an area where I can offer my blessings to the cutie pies. BollywoodOvati bava!


    • Seema

      January 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      They love Hindi movies even more than we do re. Tera aashirwad rang laaya hai


  2. alwayshappykya

    July 26, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Training to be a Waitress and a house-maid? Haha, best to extract all the help you can get with those 2 services ! So hilarious and super cute those two girls of yours 🙂 🙂


    • Seema

      January 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Haha, I’m taking full advantage of their career goals. Thank AHK


  3. Manasa

    July 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    The girls r so much fun!!! I loved the one about their future careers The most!!! 🙂


    • Seema

      January 15, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      Tammu is still going strong on being a waitress, but now added to that is to become an author cum illustrator 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Manasa

        January 17, 2017 at 1:25 am

        Awww!!! My blessings on her! She will be all that she wants to be!!! 🙂 n mannu too!!!


      • Manasa

        February 18, 2017 at 3:08 am

        Now where does she get all these ideas from?!? She’s too smart like her mama! 🙂


        • Seema

          April 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm

          I have no clue, infact she has already thought of a name for her future family too. Will write about it in a future Mantamism post.



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