Plan was to visit Mysore and the surrounding places on one of the weekends. I opted for a self driven travel on our Hyundai Santro since ours is a small family consisting of mom, dad, wifey and myself. It was the occasion of a full moon day and we were told in the previous visit about the special deities being performed at Nimishamba temple near Srirangapatna on that special day. Mom was eager to visit the temple on that full moon day and hence well planned in advance as it coincided with weekend. On one of the working days before that weekend, our car was taken for a wash and wheel alignment by my brother in law. We started early in the morning around 5 am from our home.
Since there was absolutely zero traffic on roads, it was a pleasure to drive in the cool morning. The grip of the alloy wheels with tubeless tyre was formidable on the well maintained Mysore-Bangalore Road. K & N performance filter was providing absolutely great driving experience as usual. I have been thoroughly enjoying the long drives since we bought this car 15 months back, I have driven it over 11,000+ kms! Though it is an A2 segment car, I have no complaints about the performance or the mileage. Given the well maintained conditions of the car, I was easily hitting 100kmph mark pretty often. I don’t exceed that limit on our highways though! By the time sun could spill his light on our way, we had reached Mandya already. Stopped for a coffee and mom was busy buying fresh flowers. Around 7:30 am we were at the Nimishamba temple. The temple was already crowded and more over it was a Sunday. Upon completing the rituals there we had our breakfast en-route to Somanathapura. Though the roads aren’t that great to reach Somanathapura from Mysore, I was driving at speeds not exceeding 60kmph.
You can read about Somanathapura Keshava temple architecture in my previous post along with the photos. After admiring all the feast for eyes there, it was 2pm when we reached Mysore again. We had lunch in a good hotel over there and continued our journey towards ‘Chamundi Hills’ – the iconic symbol of Mysore apart from the palace. Since we visited the Mysore Zoo, Palace, St. Philomina’s church etc., in our last visit, we skipped them all and decided to cover the remaining places. The temperature was too hot indicating the arrival of summer. We had a blessing darshan of Goddess ‘Chamundeshwari’ and around 4:30pm we were on the curvy roads to get back to Mysore city. Our plan was to visit Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) – Brindavan Gardens. In less than 5 minutes from the time we started at hill top, a two wheeler overtook me and gave indication that the right wheel at the back was wobbling!
Though I didn’t feel any jerks nor any limping sense from inside, parked my car to one of the sides on road. When I carefully inspected the tyre, found that one out of the four nut caps was missing! I kept wondering to myself how the hell could I drive for some 220+ kms by then since morning without this nut cap. I am pretty sure, it can’t disappear just like that. May be when the car was taken for wheel alignment, the mechanics out there might have forgotten to put one of the missing nut cap back. There is no other possibility that it could go missing. With no other option in hand, tightened the remaining 3 nut caps fullest to my strength and continued my driving. Mom and Dad were terribly concerned since we had a long distance to cover to reach back Bangalore. All my efforts to find a mechanic on a sunday evening went in vain and not even one spare parts shop was open. Called up my mechanic to evaluate the next course of my action. He laughed at me and said just tighten the remaining 3 nuts and you can easily drive all the way to Bombay and come back without any trouble. With his confidence, we drove all the way to KRS and a nice time out there enjoying the colorful water fountains. It was already 8:00pm by the time we came out of Brindavan Gardens.
Dad wasn’t interested in favor of me driving through night, thanks to the missing nut cap! So we decided to halt overnight at one of the lodges in Srirangapatna. Even I was tired because of the summer hot temparatures. Had a good sleep and started around 6am to return back to Bangalore and reached the destination by 9 am. On the same day evening, went to an authorized Hyundai spare parts & service center. Purchased the cap nut and got it fitted in the missing slot. The cost of the nut is Rs 114/-. It may sound silly but the fact is, fear overtakes the mind when in doubt in a not so familiar domain. What a pity! a nut can change your plans. Now I understand the common slang ‘going nuts‘ much better!