He says his name ‘has a ring to it’ with the Count attached. Being his blog-sister, and an older one at that, I gotta indulge him. Hence Count Bawa it is.
The Count and I go a long way back, to the time I was taking my first tentative (if you can call it that) steps in blogging. He was one of the early readers (and still is one, by the way). One day back then apparently I had come to him in his dreams, as his teacher in college no less, and ordered him to eat carrots as they were good for his eyes.
I tell you, the things teachers are at liberty to do in dreams! I mean, I’d like to ask Usha, a teacher friend of mine, if she can go around ordering her students to eat carrots in real life. Before long she would have a revolution on her hands, a Carrot Party on the lines of the Boston Tea party of yore, with her students dumping sacks of carrots into the nearest river, though I kind of think the parents might side with the teacher on this.
Anyway, getting back to the Count, it seems it occurred to him at that point that anyone who comes in your dream (and orders you around to boot) gotta be someone special. So he promptly adopted me as his sister. I am reaping the benefits still. And what luck, all only for walking into a dream and forcing carrots on people. Oh well, let me not harp too much on carrots. This post is about Count Bawa and not carrots.
But.. it will thrill the Count to bits if I bring chocolates into the picture. He’d probably turn cartwheels and go ‘yahoooo’ in addition. Yup, he is that crazy about chocolates. If only he could he’d have a galaxy of chocolates at his disposal, not a spaceship though, for then he’d be soon ship-less having nibbled constantly on it, which is not so good when your aim is to hop from one chocolate star to the next.
Count Bawa is a big hit with pretty much everyone. They all think he is the cat’s whiskers, and come to think of it, so he is. Oh scratch that, he is not just the whiskers, but the whole goddamn cat. You see, he is crazy of them little fur-balls that go meow-meow. His other activities include calling you up on your birthday and singing (now, don’t get scared, he sings a pretty mean Happy Birthday To You!), treating you to sev usal, taking you out for a Chinese dinner, buying you cookies, gifting you books for no particular reason at all than that it makes him happy, and even sending chewies as gift for your dog. But to me, his most admirable quality is the conversation one can have with him, and also the way he balances a pretty level head on his young shoulders. He is someone who is willing to listen to your point of view too, without getting all het up or being offended. That breed is pretty rare to come by among us humans and not just among the young.
Now let me see. Count, Carrots, Chocolates, Cartwheels, Cats. There is one more C, an important one that I missed talking about. Chameleons. The Count loves them and goes lyrical about its tail, the scales, the eyes and what not, while I shudder listening to him. Well, once in a while when I meet them by chance (ha, catch me going looking for them!) I do take pictures with my telephoto lens, from a safe distance, and post them on my photo-blog for him. One’s gotta do what one can for one’s bro. And what does he do in return? Posts pictures of the scary buggers taken off the net, on my Facebook wall. Brothers, I tell you!
The Count is taking part in the A to Z Challenge 2014 too. So what are you waiting for? Go pay the young novelist-in-the-making a visit at his blog page, ‘And I Write’. Tell him the Carrot Tyrant sent you, and ask him if he still remembers to take his daily dose of carrots. When you are there you will find he has another ‘C’ to his credit. He is a foodie and a darn good cook too! 😀
©Shail Mohan 2014
Some B-posts from the A to Z Challenge worth checking:
B for Bloggers meet-My very first
So so sweet …keep “count”ing the blessings 🙂
Proactive Indian said:
Of all the Count of Vadodara’s qualities, the best is, “he is willing to listen to your point of view too, without getting all het up or being offended.” Very, very rare these days.
Yes it is 🙂
If one rationalizes it, then it becomes easy.. It is better to have all data and thoughts on my hand and comment than to make an ass out myself, no?
Rajrupa Gupta (@IRajrupa) said:
So sweet! Count Bawa! Don’t know him much but just getting to know
R's Mom said:
Awwww He is a sweet heart :):)
He is 🙂
Zainab Ummer Farook said:
Brother-like friends are the best thing to happen to a girl! I have one too, except mine’s the opposite of yours – I’m the ‘baby’ in the relationship and he dotes on me. It feels nice not to be the elder, responsible one for a change 🙂
She has the more sensible head.. Which means I can go all ga gaa all I want 😛
Ananya Kiran said:
Awww… such a sweet post ! Love your pic 🙂
Kisiki Nazzar na lage 😉
Thank you Ananya, and welcome to Shail’s Nest 🙂
Awww.. 😀 No wonder you were not telling me what this was all about.. Giggle
So it WAS surprise, right, Count Bawa?! 😉
Yes yes 😀
Bawa “giggle” ?? 😛
Lovely post, Shail!!
simple girl said:
He gifts books so that he is happy – really .. man I wish he was my brother.. 😀
Great write up shail.. It is heartening to see how you express your love for your brother..
Thank you SG. Yes, he has sent me quite a few books, for no particular reason 🙂
such a cute post !!! Loved it
You will meet a lot more bloggers, Afshan. Picture abhi baaki hai 😉 😀
Thank you! 🙂
You couldn’t have a worthier brother Shail. You are right when you say he is smash hit with everyone. He sure is. May his tribe multiply… 🙂
Amen to that 🙂
Well he is a big hit….My C post also begins with “Count”….aint that strange…Its like count day today….but seriously I am a fan of both You and him a big one at that. 😀
Oh thank you, Jaibala 😀 Now let me go and check your post! 🙂
Claps hands in glee The best post for the letter C that I have read till now! You have made him sound everything that he is and much more. Bawa………….we love you!
Wow. thank you, BlogwatiG 😀
grins thank you
A big hug to you both. Count is a super hit person. Be yourself Bawa.
He is, and that’s the best part. Hugs back 🙂
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Absolutely adorable post ! Shail, this kind of bonding is very rare and I am glad of the amazing friendship, which is filled with all the “C”s 🙂
Thank you, Uma 😀 So many C’s just fell into place for the Count.
Vasudha Rao said:
Lovely post on the multifaceted Bawa ! A friend for life !
Indeed 🙂 Thanks.
wow I just loved reading about Count Bawa 🙂
Random Thoughts Naba
Thank you, and welcome to Shail’ Nest 🙂
Aww it was so nice to read about you and Hrishikesh. I could always sense a history between you too and am glad to know the details 😉
Yup, we go a long way back 😀
This is a lovely post
I remember how the count patiently spent hours with ME on chat explaining to me the nitty gritties of the kindle and the normal tablet. At that tiem I remember thinking what a sweetheart he is !
Yes, he is a pretty patient chap and the best one to go to with queries. He NEVER EVER talks down to you.
your fondness for your blog brother is pretty much evident in your post. And why shouldn’t it be so, who wouldn’t want to be taken for a sev usal treat on birthday? Cheers to you, Count Bawa!
Oh it wasn’t my birthday Gauri. I happened to be visiting Vadodara at the time 🙂
Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar said:
What an absolutely fantastic profile of Count Bawa! I was counting all the Cs you’d managed to insert into the post. Super. Good to know that you have a blogger-brother that you can count on.
That I do, Cynthia and really glad for it 😀
Thank you. 🙂
Tasha Duncan-Drake (@beren_writes) said:
Isn’t everyone crazy about chocolates? 🙂 The Carrot Tyrant, now there is a title. Lovely blog post.
Welcome to Shail’s Nest, Tasha and thank you. I have given myself one hell of a title, haven’t I? 😉
Sandhya Kumar said:
It is nice to have a caring person around in blogworld too! Interesting post, a different type of post!
Thanks, Sandhya 🙂
I love your writing style! And so much sweetness in this post. 🙂
Thank you so much, and welcome to Shail’s Nest 🙂
Usha Pisharody said:
Underscore all the ‘c’ool things on Count Cat-person Chocolate-fiend Carrot ‘fraidy? C(Bawa) (Say that fast and you get a Chewbaka feel to the name 😛 😛 – you know that furry hunk in Star Wars? 😛 )
And yes, a lovely lovely heartwarming C for Count Bawa.
Stay blessed both sister and brother 🙂
Adding Chewbaka to the list 😉
Thank you, Usha 🙂
And don’t be getting any ideas about forcing carrots upon unsuspecting students 😛
Usha Pisharody said:
Lol. You have my word O Count Santulan. Your wish is my command!
Rubina Ramesh said:
Count Bawa is crashing my diet plans and just when the images of those Dosas were fading you sent me back to his post :O Great post
Haha. Has he been tempting you with dosa tales? 🙂
Welcome to Shail’s Nest, Rubina.
A Count who loves cats…got to be Charming hey?
Sure is Charming 🙂
It is a gift that you have a friend on whom you can count
and the special relation you share with the COUNT
is brought so beautifully in your account
makes one realize that in life,friends like these are paramount.
Good post 🙂
Thank you, Govind 😀
Aarthi Sivaramakrishnan said:
Good lord! Your blog is so funny! You have found yourself a follower 🙂
Delighted, Aarthi 🙂 Welcome to Shail’s Nest 🙂
What a lovely, happy warm and inviting blog you have, Shail. Such a pleasure to visit with you today.
Such kind words. Thank you and welcome to Shail’s Nest 🙂
Pooja Abhay said:
I read this post before sleeping. I didn’t comment back then because I was on the tab. But, I love love this post. Sometimes, the relations we have with people who are not related are so much more meaningful than with those are related. Cheers to you and to Hrishikesh! 🙂
Thank you, Pooja. Yes, relations are not governed by the fact of being related 🙂
All well except the Chameleons…Eeeeeekkkk!!! Eyes closed.
I join you for that Eeeeek! 😉
actually we must do a trip together! where we keep clicking and Count keeps asking questions! 😀 😀 Should be fun! 😀
Yeah, yeah! That would be wonderful! 😀 😀
Totally 😀 I love asking questions
That’s why you are my brother, we both ask questions, except no one hears mine, I am only asking them in my mind. 😉
That’s so cute…Hrishi sure is a cool cat! Oh, btw Count Bawa! 🙂
Lol, yes Count Bawa it is 😉
oh! I loved this post!! You have said it all so well.. and so right!
He is a delight and I must thank you for introducing him to me as well!! 🙂
Ah! We bonded over chintoo and his antics on your FB wall!!
Made me smile this post 🙂
Ahh Chintoo! I remember that, Pixie 🙂
You lost me at “chocolates.” I was reading and reading, then suddenly thinking about making hot chocolate. And I made some. And I drank it. I love chocolate. What was I talking about again? 🙂
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Haha. So you are a Chocoholic too! 😀
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