So many posts in the blogworld about Tambram Mamis and their greatness (not) I havent seen much about Tambram mamas.
A Tambram mama is identified by this pristine white veshti (dhoti) and crisp half sleeve shirt (can be striped or checked, but not other designs allowed) and usually has a strip of cloth known as angavastram on his shoulder, which is substituted with a hand towel in most cases.
The Tambram mama is a very docile version of the Tambram mami. Though extremely interested in the gossip of the world, mama will pretend that he is more interested in the newspaper while all his attention will be on the gossip mami is giving him while serving in hot filter coffee and tiffin.
The Tambram mama has the unique ability to eat a 3 course meal at 8 in the morning, including rice, sambhar, rasam, curd rice along with two koottus and curries. He is a big fan of the applams and for him vadams are the most important part of the meal. He usually eats a full meal in the morning at 8 before going to office. This is of course, AFTER his cup of hot filter coffee which he needs to have right after he has finished his pooja and sandhyavandanam. He does Sandhi at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. After all mami, has to brag about it to her friends and tell her sons about how religious their father is no?
Tambram mama usually takes chapati and curry for his lunch while expects some nice hot tiffin and filter coffee ready when he comes back from office in the evening.
And the Tambram mama gets orgasm if you ask him about the Hindu newspaper. As per him, no newspaper is better than Hindu. If its not Hindu its not a newspaper, and he spends a large amount of his morning time, scanning the Hindu from end to end, looking for titbits of news which he can discuss with his colleagues. His idea of fun is to have a quiz based on Hindu and do the daily crossword of Hindu without mistakes.
The Tambram mama often is seen in the temple with his veshti up his knees doing shastang namaskarams and with vibuthi up his forehead, hands and arms and chest. The mama of course, loves to be bare bodied. After all, how else can he show off his poonal? He loves to roam around bare bodied full of chest hair and a big paunch. He is even ready to go out without any issues bare bodied until his wife reminds him to wear a shirt.
The Tambram mama is extremely dependent on mami for everything, but left alone, he can manage to sustain himself on rice and rasam. He takes immense pride in the fact that he can cook, though he may be doing it only once in 10 years. But yes, he can whip up a decent meal. But when mami is around, she needs to do everything from him, including taking out his innerwear to wear to office.
Tambram Mama loves to attend weddings for all the filter coffee and payasams he gets. He is often seen holding Mami’s bag while she freshens up. He sits in a corner with other mamas discussing politics, talking about Congress and BJP, and how Shivaji Ganeshan was a great actor and how going to the US can be so boring for him because he has nothing to do there.
A Tambram mama is one who has two holes in his ears done in his childhood by his parents, but doesnt wear earrings. He is also the one who loves to talk about Carnatic music and discusses the music festival of Madras with gusto. He usually has gone to Sabarimalai at least 10 times and is very proud of the fact that he has taken his sons along and even done the 40 days vratam without issues.
A Tambram mama also is very good in fixing all the small problems around the household. He considers himself an electrician-carpenter-plumber-mason combined though he may not have any experience in any of the jobs. He will always try and fix himself before calling a professional. And of course, will end up calling the professional because mami will chew his brains to do so. Then, he will try and give advice to the professional on how to do the job properly!
A Tambram mama knows a lot of sholkas and is often seen quoting sholkas and their meaning to children who have no clue of what the old man is talking about!
A Tambram mama is also the one who starts talking about science and maths to his young grandchild hoping to make a Ramanujan out of him. And as fact from my experience, despite of what they potray, all Tambram mamas smoke and drink hard liquor, thinking the mamis dont know about it. (But mamis are cleverer, they know everything eh?)
Any additions to this list?