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    A write up on TamBram Mamas ..


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    A write up on TamBramMamas :-)


    Tamil Brahmin Mamas come in different flavours. The oldest variety is the Homebound Mama. This type wakes up early (4 AM), boils the milk and prepares the coffee decoction. The Mama then proceeds with his morning routine which may include cutting vegetables and washing. He is a perfectionist and won't tolerate shoddy work. He usually has no time for gossip and is immersed in his work. He is a handyman and does all odd jobs around the house. He firmly believes that if the earth goes round the sun, it is because of him. The Mami is very dependent on him and cannot do without him around even for a few hours. This type is on the decline though.


    The Thinnai mama can be found in the smaller towns and villages where thinnais can be found. After his morning routine which may include coffee and ablutions, he parks himself comfortably on the vasal thinnai with his vethalai-paku dabba for company. Constantly chewing vethalai and sometimes using mookupodi also, he continuously interacts with every being that passes that way. "Vishu, on punnukku 4 masamamey." Loud enough for the entire street to hear. Or "Yen da Ranga, nethiki enna on pondati appadi kaththinal ?" All those who didn't know, come to know now, thanks to the Mama.
    This type is not known to indulge in any productive activity and is usually written off by the Mami.


    The Music Mama is very visible during the Marghazhi music season. He is the quinessential Carnatic music lover. He will not miss one concert, especially that of his favorite musician. "Andha paatai evalavu azhaga padinaan. Aha, enna aalapanai, enna sruthi. Ellam kadavul kodupanai." He hops from sabha to sabha, enjoying the sapadu as much as the music. Often his discussions centre on the samayal and the samayalkarar and he is equally knowledgeable about both. If these Mamas are from a smaller town or village, one can often see a vaira thodu on their ears. Such Mamas are usually accompanied by their entire families for the full duration of the music season.


    The Active Mama is the more socially useful variety. He is, as the name suggests, quite active both physically and otherwise. The neighbouring not-so-active mamas often have to listen to their mamis grumble "Avar intha vayasulayum evalavu activea irrukar. Neengalum irrukele. Enakkunu vanthu vaachurukele". The Active mama is a member of the local association and works for the welfare of the association. Be it a road to be repaired, a speed-breaker to be built or a water line to be repaired, he is the person to go to. He is well versed with goverment working and knows who to approach for each job. Not very religious, he still attends the temple pooja regularly and ensures all the arrangements are taken care of. He may be an avid walker and can be seen socialising while walking.


    The Bhakthi Mama is drawn to puja and temples. He is religious and performs his daily routine of pujas. This may take a few hours everyday but he is a stickler for his routine. A sub-variety visits temples eveyday. They can be seen going towards the temple in groups of twos and threes though ones are not uncommon. They attend the various discourses and lectures, stay for the puja and return with the prasadam. The Mami's dinner menu is dependent on the prasadam - "Puliyodaraium Sakara Pongalum vangindu vanthutel. Aathula thayir sadam irruku". The more orthodox type can be seen in a panchagachcham.


    The Foreign Son/Daughter Mama is a more prevalent type. He has a son(s) and/or daughter(s) living abroad. He has made many trips to foreign lands (read his son or daughter's place) and is well versed with foreign travel. Should you get caught by him, there is no escape from the photographs of his grandchildren. He will explain in detail when each snap was taken, by whom and why. If he is a good photographer, you get the technical details also - like what effect the shutter speed has on the sharpness, how the flash can simulate a bald spot. He can usually be spotted proudly wearing a Tee-shirt that says "I love Las Vegas" or "Stanford University".


    The Foreign Returned Mama has returned to India after spending 2-3 decades in foreign countries. Some return to be in the country of origin in the later years, others because of personal reasons like old parents. This Mama is very business-like and not given to unnecessary talk. He wants to replicate his earlier lifestyle and so goes about in earnest purchasing all things deemed necessary. The Mami misses her foreign days and longs to go back - "Yaen vandomnnu irrukku. Thirumbi poyidalaamna mamaku velai kidaikadhu". All said, this type keeps to itself and does not mix much.


    The Modern Mama is the more ubiquitous type. Despite his nomenclature, he is quite young. He is attired in shorts when not in the office. He feels like fish out of water when not in the office. Not known to have any domestic skillsets, he does not know which end of the feeding bottle goes into the baby's mouth nor how to change a nappy. He passively holds the bottle while his wife freshens up the baby. He is most comfortable fiddling with his smartphone. His glaring lack of domestic skills is the product of his (Homebound Mama) father and doting mother doing eveything for him during his youth.


    There are many other genres but small in number. In general, the Mamas are law abiding citizens and peace loving. They will not get into unnecessary arguments or fights. They are most comfortable when left to themselves. May their tribe increase.
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    The home bound Mama seems to be the best..always there..handy..and wants to always be there for the wife.

    May this tribe increase!

    RRji...kindly state your opinion.
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    hi

    another mama....seettu kattu mama.....always a group of rummy players in the agraharam thinnai.....very smart with mooku

    podi mama...lol
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    My upvote for TKSji fore this post.

    Many brahmin mamas definitely fall into one of the above kinds.

    Some are a mix of different kinds mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tks View Post
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    A write up on TamBramMamas :-)


    The Active Mama is the more socially useful variety. He is, as the name suggests, quite active both physically and otherwise. The neighbouring not-so-active mamas often have to listen to their mamis grumble "Avar intha vayasulayum evalavu activea irrukar. Neengalum irrukele. Enakkunu vanthu vaachurukele". The Active mama is a member of the local association and works for the welfare of the association. Be it a road to be repaired, a speed-breaker to be built or a water line to be repaired, he is the person to go to. He is well versed with goverment working and knows who to approach for each job. Not very religious, he still attends the temple pooja regularly and ensures all the arrangements are taken care of. He may be an avid walker and can be seen socialising while walking.


    There are many other genres but small in number. In general, the Mamas are law abiding citizens and peace loving. They will not get into unnecessary arguments or fights. They are most comfortable when left to themselves. May their tribe increase.





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    Dear Renu,

    There is one more variety - 'The Omniscient mAmA'. A couple of such mAmAs will be in any get together / parties. He will

    enthusiastically join any group of people and start talking in a loud voice. Any topic is OK for him and he will mostly refer

    to other persons in singular! E.g: If music is the topic, he starts, 'annaikku oru kachErila Semmangudi pAdinAn (!!) pAru..'

    If I happen to spot such a mAmA, I usually .
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    Ha ha.. OP reminds me the character played by Visu in the film Kudumbam oru Kadambam
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    Quote Originally Posted by krish44 View Post
    My upvote for TKSji fore this post.

    Many brahmin mamas definitely fall into one of the above kinds.

    Some are a mix of different kinds mentioned.
    Thanks Krish ji :-)

    I personally still feel like I am 25, do not think myself as a Mama - though some kids call me Mama - dont know where I fit in!
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    Write up about TambBrahm maami https://thirtymlmusings.wordpress.co...-of-the-maami/ and
    https://rajathathablog.blogspot.in/2...nnapatnam.html
    (A scientist young friend of mine who has,Specialized in evolution and taxonomy of species,
    Says that they could all be named and classified as,
    Mamium chennapatnam subspecies Mylapore.)

    Here is another article about TamBram Mama https://readingthroughrsmind.wordpre...athon-post-16/ and an addendum http://whateverchumps.blogspot.in/20...-in-hindu.html
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    Sorry to bombard this thread
    Yet another classification of TamBrahm Mamas
    https://anandkumarrs.com/2014/03/02/...rs-with-mamas/
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