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Mother, writer and daydreamer. Also chocoholic and chick-flick lover. But mainly mommy. To two boys, at that! When not escorting my Elder One (EO) to karate class, I'm trying to get in as many cuddles as possible from my Younger One (YO). And when not doing either, I'm hard-at-work trying to maintain a steady relationship with my laptop. And as for the Man I Married (MIM), well, let’s just put it this way – even though we share a bedroom, our most meaningful conversations are held over the cell-phone!

Friday, September 4, 2009

My Santoor Moment

I went for a superfantabulous Rabindra nritya-natya (Tagorean dance-drama) today. A friend of mine, rather well-known in Kolkata, was one of the PR agents and he organised the passes for Maa-Janoni and me.

Now my mom is a very open, warm, gregarious and friendly person. She attracts friends like I attract cellulite. She can talk to anyone and everyone and people tend to open up to her very easily. I am so the opposite of her that growing up I got and still do get, very often, "I can't believe you're her daughter!" Yup, shy, reserved, timid wallflower -- that's me. But then, I'm also Daddy's girl.

But I digress.

So, we're sitting in the auditorium. My Ma-Janoni in the meanwhile has managed to get chatty with her neighbour. My friend has just made a speech in perfect Bengali followed by excellent English. The two women start singing his praises and Ma-Janoni tells the woman that he's a friend of mine. Woman looks over at me, takes in my appearance from over the top of her spectacles, and then smiles.

Woman: Tomaar bondhu? (Your friend?)
Me: Hein. (Yes.)
Woman: Bhishon talented chheley. (Very talented young man.)
Me: Hein. (Yes.)
Woman: Khub bhaalo gaan korey. (He sings very well.)
Me: *Nods and makes a note to make him sing the next opportunity she gets*
Woman: Toh, kono future-ttuchure kichchu achchey? (Toh koi future-wuture ka chakkar hai?-- the 'with him' is implied.)
Me: *Totally albeit pleasantly zapped!!* Ki?!? Aamaar? Aamaar biyey hoyey gechchey aar duto chcheeley achchey. (What?!? Me? [the 'and him' is implied] I'm married with two sons!)
Woman: *Totally zapped and open-mouthed*

Hehehe! God bless oily skin! I cribbed throughout my adolescence, but it sure is coming to good use now!
(Aur bure nazar waale and jealous cats, tere chehere pe 100 pimples!!)


Anonymous said...

Oh this was so sweet!!! And lol at the 100 pimples on buree nazar wale's face :)

Passionate Goof said...

ahem! ahem! Very hot M4. Now you need to change the blog name too. ;)

PS - I am not even going to dream of being jealous.

Anonymous said...

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Hey this must have been really nice! Sometimes gregarious mothers have very shy daughters, sometimes very shy mothers have gregarious daughters :) I am sure all the cellulite you attract (unlike your mum who attracts friends) made this woman think you aren't yet married ;)

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

@IHM: Hey! You're right...I never thought of that!

@PG: You're not the type sweetie! ANd thanks!

WhatsInAName said...

You lucky lucky dame!
I am all JJJJJ :p Gimme your secret please

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

@WIAN: Seriously, no secret, just a set of very active sebacious glands! :)

Sparkling said...


Oye! I'm doomed! What with all my jealousy I've now attracted those 100 pimples! :p

Seriously, for the life of me, I could not have imagined you as a shy and reserved person, but I guess that's how hot & cool moms look! :D

dipali said...

Such fun! And so flattering:)

Piper .. said...

:):) what a perfect compliment this is!! :):)
I,on the other hand, ALWAYS tend to attract weirdos! One woman(who surpassed all others of her league), pointed at The G and said,"So which Univ does your brother attend?" I mean...??????!!!!!

Monika said...


so sweet that was

PS: I know what u mean by oily skin... when we were growing up I mercilessly teased friends for pimples... I guess its their turn now with wrinkles

u guessed right I have dry sensitive skin

The Ketchup Girl said...

OK before I attack your bong fraternity in my signature ishtyle, lemme first congratulate you. Just a post or two back I remember reading - 'na re...age is cathing up'. So here's to many more Jai saundarya sabun and santoor moments.:-)
OK now for my fav part, did you say the lady next to your mum was a stranger and they just got chatting? Just one line- amaar meye oor bondhu- was enough for her to spring and ask u a question like- kono future-wuchar aache?? !$#@$#$@!~!! Shooti M4?? Such impertinence. You are such an optimist- forver seeing the brighter side of thngs. :-) But must say, u have some reason to gloat :D.

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

@Sparkling: I should be head of the Wallflowers Association, but I'm too shy...

@Dipali: What an ego boost, I must say!

@Piper: Egads!! Where were her specs? Or better still, where was her head?

@ Monika: A curd and besan pack works wonders!! Trust me!

@ KG: You're right!! What a reality check! I was too bust feeling kicked with myself to fume over the assumtion of what a meye'r chheley-bondhu implies!

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Poppins said...

LOL :) can imagine how you'd have felt - blushing and happy.

Aside: Strange but that's what DH's comments used to do to me before - make me blush, now I only blush if someone else compliments me, his are taken for granted!

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Ahem, that definitely was one proud Santoor moment! Very sweet post.

Monika,Ansh said...

Yeah u go girl. These moments are truely precious!!

Mama - Mia said...


i want that oily skin now!! :p

but then you are a stunner namesake!!

i have been told you dont look like her daughter all my life and i am waiting for my santoor moment! ;)


Indyeah said...

ROFL!! ROFL!! OMG!! MM you darling !! god bless you!!

from one once upon a time OIly faced young teen to another;)))

*kisses the ground in sheer gratitude* :D:D

now did that make your day or what?:D:D:D

*waiting happily to bump into strangers and go through the same conversation*;)))

PS:- oooh and yes! I attract cellulite too:D:D
so this conversation is now guaranteed right?:D:D