Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Cycle for The Bhablet

(I had begun to phase out the whole Bhablet business, meaning to cut it out altogether after the 2nd birthday, but hey, what can you call a Bhablet apart from The Bhablet?)

So Vicky and I thought a cycle would be a nice second birthday gift. Accordingly, when the sales began last month, I went around pricing bicycles and tricycles. I saw lots but they were either out of our budget, or too flashy for my liking (too many things on them, what with the handles and baskets and the fancy toys) or not sturdy enough or the pedals too flimsy. I'm very finicky about safety issues and besides, a cycle is a long-term buy, so I might as well love it. I mean, Rahul might as well love it.

So I walked around, singly and with the father and the son until I was this close to giving up the ghost. Was veering towards tricycles since they seemed safer and all the bicycles looked too big. Then I walked into Dakshinapan on a random sort of quest, and found a bicycle at good old Toyland. Sat Rahul down on the seat. He not only fitted but looked so very right. The price was higher than I'd hoped, but hey, Rs. 2085 was cheaper than the other, imported stuff I'd seen in the posh shops. Called up Baba to ask if it was OK to buy a 2 yr old a bicycle with training wheels instead of a tricycle. He asked me the name of the manufacturer and it emerged that they (his company and the cycle's) were part of the same group; so he asked me to take down cycle details and hang on for a couple of days.

In a few hours I had a mail from him with the address of their dealer outlet in Hazra Road. There was no telephone number so I went through Google Maps and Wikimapia and eventually managed to locate the BSA Go shop in Devi Market at 83, S. P. Mukherjee Road.

Between this and the time we actually went to the shop, more emails had been exchanged between Baba and his friends at the cycle company. So we were forwarded a bunch of names and phone numbers of Important People who could help us. (By this point V had long stopped being of any actual use; all he did was laugh.)

Armed with these names and numbers we eventually made our way to the outlet. That was a somewhat frustrating exercise, as I mentioned before, but both the salesmen seemed to be as reassured as I was by Baba telling them over the phone that he'd handle the Madras end. So we forked over a hundred rupees for the deposit, entreated them not to forget the cute Pooh-shaped bell as a reserve, and went drinking with Philip. That was on Wednesday night. They told us, rather doubtfully, that the shade we wanted (bright red) would be difficult to get, delivery could take up to a month.

And yesterday, that is Friday morning we got a call from the shop explaining that the cycle had arrived and was ready to be delivered. It was actually delivered today (Saturday noon) what with one thing and the other, and they forgot my, I mean, The Bhablet's extra Pooh bell but it's so beautiful. A lovely, yummy red bicycle, just the right size for a two yr old and it has a little basket in the front. And the whole thing cost Rs. 1575.

Rahul loves his new 'gayi' (vehicle) and V and I decided to let it be Baba-Ma's gift, since Baba went to so much trouble. It's no problem, because we do have other gifts to give him. In the meantime here he is, perched up high. Definitely not a baby any more.

27 comments:

Tharini said...

That is such a cute story!!! Wow! Every thing you do ends up sounding so adventurous. And the Bhablet looks so yummy in his yummy cycle!!!

Sue said...

Tara -- Well, it was an adventure. Ever heard of such trouble buying a bicycle, involving so many high profile corpo bigwigs? :) It's a lovely cycle, I should post a better picture.

dipali said...

The 'gayi' is gorgeous- shall visit it and Bikki ka baccha and Emm soon. I am even more impressed with your dad- we need to institute a 'Most Committed Grandpa' award, which he'll win hands down!

~nm said...

He looks so adorably happy!

And nanu's are the best! :)

The Marauder's Map said...

We just bought A a tricyle -- and yes, it is one of those horrendous things with lots of stuff on it that you mention. It has flashing lights and buttons that play songs like 'Thare Vaaste' and 'Shakalaka Boom Boom'.

I, of course, wanted to buy the sophisticated looking Fisher Price or Disney Princess one -- but my daughter saw this first and fell in love with it and refused to get off. I should post a picture too -- no, actually a video so everyone can hear 'Zara Jhoom Jhoom'.

eve's lungs said...

What a committed dadu the Bhab has for sure - moving heaven and earth for the cysle - that's what they are for , among other things . And the Bhablet looks very good on his cycle - very soon he'll be running errands for you.

Rohini said...

So this is a BSA bike? And what age do you think it will last till? Ayaan broke his bicycle(flimsy Mothercare crap) and I am thinking this might be a good replacement... what do you think?

Sue said...

Ro -- This is a pretty sturdy, regular bike. Should last him the two years I expect him to fit into it, at least the basic body should, dunno about the plastic coverings!

I would strongly recommend a BSA for Ayaan. Saw some nice ones his size. (Rahul's is a size 10, I suppose A needs the next one.) Check out a BSA Go outlet for a better deal.

Itchingtowrite said...

lucky guy!

Rohini said...

Thanks, Sue. That's on my list of things-to-do. Right after the goat mask ;-)

Mama - Mia said...

he is looking absolutely edible!! and so grown up within few months ago that i saw him to now!!

and getting cuter by the hour, me thinks!!

and good discount too, woman!! :p

cheers!

abha

Thinking Cramps said...

What a group effort. But the bicycle is totally worth it. And took me down memory lane to my Tobu tricycle, which was used for over 20 years (thankfully not throughout by me) by my brother and then assorted cousins before finally going to charity, still a sturdy little thing.

DotThoughts said...

he looks ssooo adorable on his gayi! Glad you got a deal on it!

Neera said...

I have to first comment on how handsome Bhablet is looking, and please Bhablet fits him to the tee. Don't change it, not yet :)
Such a doting nanu he has, I would expect my dad to do something similar - he takes it upon himself to get us the best deal :)
The cycle shall remain a big hit for a long time to come - its really awesome!

brundha said...

Soo cute and adorable, and indeed a very nice bicycle. I can't believe he's almost 2 now. I still remember reading the blogs you wrote while you were carrying him. Time just flew.

Maggie said...

It's perfect! As is the story behind it! :-)

Sue said...

Dipali -- Do come!

~nm -- Yes, they are. Dadus (or "dadda"s) in this case.

Shrabonti -- :D We have one such wheeled horse that I convinced V's folks to keep at their place. Incidentally, don't buy any of the kiddie cycles -- I'm very impressed with the infant range of the adult cycle companies.

Evie -- I'll wait for the day!

Sue said...

Itchy -- Yes, he is.

Ro -- LOL! Don't forget the pics, now.

Abha -- :) Thanks. It's too bad that he'll grow up and look as daft as his father, though. *sigh*

Ana -- Oooh, we had a Tobu too and it followed the same pattern of history! Lovely things those were.

Dottie -- The best part was how we didn't even pay for it... My father wanted to send it as their gift!

Neera -- But it's such a silly name. I guess it'll slip out now and then for a little while more.

Brundah -- :)

Maggie -- I love it, I tell you.

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Monika,Ansh said...

Oh, he looks so cute & happy. I am so glad u found this perfect gift.

karmickids said...

Gosh, he's suddenly looking so grown up....

HOBO said...

Cycle - One of the best gift we all had when we were kid.
I am still Kid. ;)

Sam said...

Bheblu's Mama (Lattu) had a Tobu tricycle as well - almost identical history! Solid stuff; Indian, too...

Mystic Margarita said...

Rahul is looking so cute on his 'gayi'! He looks much taller all of a sudden - pity they grow up so fast!

Artnavy said...

great choice - happy bday rahul

anush picked her cycle at her second bday too

Cuckoo said...

Happy b'day to him. He looks lovely on his cycle. I must appreciate you for the effort you put in securing the cycle and hats off to your dad! What a lovly grandpa :)

Sue said...

Anwin -- Sorry, I was pretty caught up that weekend. Thanks for the invitation and I hope you guys had fun.

Monika -- Well, this became my parents' gift and we gave him tools and a set of puzzles instead.

Kiran -- No? It surprises me some days!

Hobo -- Yep.

Baba -- What history? This story I've not heard.

Mystic -- I know. :(

Art -- Really? You have any posts up?

Cuckoo -- Yeah, he really is a great grandfather.