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      Quote Originally Posted by bhvm View Post
      Congrats on completion of a decade (I guess?) with the happy car.
      Yet to complete a decade. Happy Car will complete 10 years with me in May 2019.


      Happy Car took me to Younger Daughter's village (Chikmagalur) on this weekend. There was a marriage to be attended with two events Reception on Saturday late evening and marriage ceremony on Sunday forenoon. originally we had planned to go as a family, later daughter and wife opted out, thus leaving me and one of my nephews to make this trip.

      I left from home sometime before six am, we left Bangalore on Saturday morning 6:10 AM from Yeshvantpur from where i picked up my nephew. he reached there using Namma Metro. We had decided to visit couple of Hoysala temples on route. but eventually managed to visit 8 hoysala temples. we did not visit Belur and Halebeedu temples as we had seen it many times before.

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      We had a tatteidli breakfast at Kunigal followed by visits to Hoysala temples at Nuggehalli, Anekere, Kikkeri, Doddagavalli during onward journey. We took detour to Nuggehalli from the Highway at Hirisave.

      We had to visit Honda service at Hassan to get the break pads replaced as they started making sound while we were some 30 minutes away from Hassan. This Breakpad replacement (and delayed lunch) took away almost 2 hours and some 5500 Rupees.

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      We managed to reach Chikmagalur just in time for reception dinner. the night was mostly spent in conversations with cousins and we managed to sleep only by well past midnight, had to wake up early morning to get ready. in the morning managed to visit Elder Sister's Village (Hiremagalur) for the first time and visited the Bhargava Kodandarama Temple which is unique one where all all pooja ritual mantras are said in Kannada language instead of Sanskrit, so that everyone can understand it.

      During return journey, we left chikmagalur by 2:30 PM, we visited 3 more hoysala temples at Belavadi, Haranahalli, Koravangla, and managed to reach Highway at Shantigrama. As it was the sunday after Deepavali vacations, Nelamangala toll plaza was jam packed, so took the service road all the way to Yeshvantpur where i dropped my nephew who took Namma Metro to his home in south Bengaluru. I managed to reach home by 11 pm.

      it was a nice 635 KM drive over 2 days + lots of history lessons, some nice exposure to hoysala stories , nostalgic conversations with cousins and relatives, tasty food, and some nice roads and landscapes.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
      8 hoysala temples.
      Thats interesting. Let me look up and see if I can do this in a day's drive from Bangalore, thanks for the info
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      Quote Originally Posted by KRRaj View Post
      Thats interesting. Let me look up and see if I can do this in a day's drive from Bangalore, thanks for the info
      Actually there are more Hoysala Architecture Temples in and around Hassan provides information on most known temples around Hassan

      I had done earlier Belur (7-8 times), Haelbeedu (7-8 times), Somanthpura (twice). We had also done Keladi & Ikkeri (Near Sagar town) which also are based on Hoysala Architecture. During this trip we have done Nuggehalli, Kikkeri, Anekere, Doddagaduhalli, Belavadi, Haranahalli, Koravangla. Still Pending are Hosaholalu, Mosale, Javagal, Amruthapura, Arasikere, Aralguppe, may be another weekend trip is needed to complete this list.

      there is mention of another 29 temples form hoysala times in below link.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser...Hoysala_Empire

      I am amazed at the scale at which these temples have been built. imagine the amount of commitment, resources, skills of the artisans, time, energy and money has been spent in building these temples at those remote areas amid the forests and plains (in those times forests might be denser). All these happened during some 300 years when the Hoysala empire was formed, grew, reached peak, sustained, declined and succeeded by Vijaynagar empire.

      we modern India is just 70 years old, we are yet to build structures that inspire awe and attract thousands of visitors just for it's architecture and beauty. our architects and engineers are still learning to build bridges that do not even last 20-30 years and collapse. While these temple structures have last over 800-1000-1100 years. I had often heard / read quote "Do some thing for which you are remembered, well after you no longer exist", i understand the true meaning of that quote now. That was the thought i was left with after visiting these 8 temples.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
      Recently i found out that Radiator had developed a leak (diagnosed to be due to stone hit) which resulted in coolant getting drained and vehicle flashing engine heating light. the vehicle was immediately taken to (on a flat bed towing vehicle) to the service station and Radiator was replaced and new coolant was filled in. this was well after 9 years and 6 months after vehicle was bought. entire episode cost me 2.6K for Towing and about 10.4K for Radiator and Coolant Replacement.
      This incident happened during recent Coastal KA and Goa Drive during Navaratri days. As soon as we reached Panaji, this incident happened. family and parents along with luggage, took a taxi a to the service apartment and i stayed back for the towing vehicle to reach the location. it took almost 2 hours of wait for the towing vehicle to reach and handover. i collected the receipt, walked half a KM to Panaji Bus Stand, took a taxi to the service apartment.

      Next day morning i called the service station at 10 AM, they told m that vehicle is yet to reach, then i called the Honda 24x7 road assistance, they told me that they will check and reply. till 12:30 i did not get any call back, i again call, they still have no clue where my vehicle is. i once again call the coastal honda service station, they reconfirm that they do not have my vehicle.

      I again call up Honda 24x7 road side assistance and they again tell me that the vehicle has been delivered at service station. eventually i decide to go to the service station myself and check it out myself. eventually reached the service station by 4 PM, the vehicle was being handed over at that time. so learnt that the towing guys were directed by Honda 24x7 assistance guys to take the vehicle to a service station in panaji which happens to be the Honda 2 wheeler service station. this style of management and operations wasted 1 whole day. the work on my car started the next day and took 2 additional days of diagnostic and repairs. because of this we had to stay one night extra in Goa. I am thankful to the service manager and advisor at Coastal Honda for speeding up the work and let me have my vehicle back. i registered my complaint with Honda regarding their 24x7 emergency service, but no resolution so far. I am sure they would have closed my complaint just like any other complaint with Indian Law Enforcement Authorities.

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      Adding another 1100 KMs to the ODO

      Went on a solo drive through Malenadu and Karavali on last 2 days of 2018 and first 2 days of 2019. I had some work in Mangalore and a wedding to attend at Udupi. Daughter had no Xmas or Year End vacations, Wife had just returned from Pune where she attended a wedding in her side of the family. So it was a solo drive, i had thought of taking my DSLR, but somehow skipped it. so it was Me, Mi (Note 6 Pro) and Happy Car on this drive.

      I had to go on a Hyderabad trip on 28th. i had to share the driving duty with a client of mine in his VW Vento Diesel. visited Ikea Store on route to IIT Hyderabad. Had left early morning on 28th 4:30 AM from North Bengaluru and returned 2:30 AM on 29th Morning. I drove during the return trip, so decided to skip driving out on 29th to Udupi and postponed it by a day. Slept till 11 AM, Had to go and meet a Visitor in the afternoon in the city after which took Happy Car to the Carwash, got the tyre pressure checked and topped up, refueled. Daughter requested to drop her to her college so could start the drive only by 7 AM, dropped her at college at 7:30 AM and then had breakfast at Veena Stores Malleshwaram and eventually started only by 8:30 or so.

      Yeshvantpur, Goreguntepallya, Elevated Bridge, Toll Plaza, Nelamangala cross towards Hassan and First toll had traffic congestion and took almost an hour+ and soon the roads opened up. as it was new year eve and saturday, traffic was quite signifiant and i drove till Udayapura with out any stopover. Then i got a call that my meeting at Mangalore has been postponed to 1st Jan so decided to go on an impromptu drive instead of driving to parent's home directly. Over a Coconut Drink, chalked out a plan as below

      (1) Nageshwar - Chennakeshava Twin Temple @ Mosale
      (2) Lunch @ Sakleshpura
      (3) Drive through Kadmane Estate route to Mudigere
      (4) Mudigere - Devaramane - Hemavathi River - Kalasa - Kudremukha - Karkala route
      (5) Early Light Dinner at Karkala

      So next few hours were driving bliss, roads were very good, weather was pleasant. managed to reach parents home at Udupi by 8:30 PM, got freshened up and attended the marriage eve ceremonies and a delayed dinner. IT was an engaging drive throughout the day and managed to sleep like a log in the night.

      Next day, 31st Dec was the last day of the year, forenoon was spent in meeting cousins and relatives at the marriage event, followed by a sumptuous feast lunch followed by another snake like nap. In the evening after having a cup of tea, drove with parents to another beach which we had not visited so far, spent time watching sun go down for the last time in the year, then went to two different temple, one may be 100 years old, another inaugurated few weeks ago. both dedicated Durga or Chamundi. Spirituality is slowly becoming a commercial activity, i guess. anyway Mother is always right, so returned home well fed with good amount of Goodwill (punya and blessings) topped up with a plate of Charmburi Upkari . The town almost slept by 9 PM, i had nothing to do and managed to call it a year by 9:30 PM. After all our planet has travelled one circle around our star, it is just a simple thing and nothing much to celebrate.

      Generally mother wakes up by 4 AM, she did so religiously, soon followed by father by 4:30 AM and me by 5 AM. i had slept 8 and half hours, almost 2 hours more than my regular sleep. It was a good beginning for the new year. I had agreed for a breakfast meeting @ Mangalore, but had to have some breakfast at home (call it mother's love), followed by a quick drive till Mangalore after paying two toll at two toll booths, one bridge near pradubidri is yet to be completed. Meeting lasted from 9 AM to 11 AM followed by return drive home. Two Breakfasts and 2 hours long meeting tires anyone, so immediately after retiring home, jumped into the bed and managed to take another nap for an hour or two.

      Evening was another drive with parents to a quite village called Bhadragiri, followed by Manipal and watching Sunset from DC office and some snacks at a newly opened restaurant White lotus. It was like going back in time by 4 decades when only 3 people were in the family, patents and me. listening to some of happening from those old times was enthralling, much better than any new year party for that matter. Returned home by 9 PM and the whole town called it a day another 30 minutes later. Life is very simple, hope it remains so.

      Last day dawned early, joined father in the near by 1000+ year old Mahalingeswara temple for the Dhanurmasa Pooja which happens at Sunrise. spent some quite times around temple pond listening to bird chirping during quite and beating drums during the pooja. Shiva Temples are well known for their peacefulness and inclusiveness with Prakruti or mother nature. I had a long drive back so after a brief morning walk, returned home, got ready, had breakfast and drove out by 10 AM.

      took Someshwar - Agumbe Ghat - Sringeri route, refueled at the all female staff managed HPCL fuel station at Sringeri, had a cup of fresh sugarcane juice and restarted the journey. Drive through Jayapura - Balehonnuru - Aldur - Vastere was awesome, i had done same stretch in sept and again in october, so did not take any stop anywhere. Took a Lunch Break at Chikmagaluru and enjoyed a Mysuru style Oota followed by a awesome Chikmagaur Coffee.

      While having lunch decided to visit two more Hoysala temples at Keshava - Ishwar Twin Temple at Marle and Laxmi Narasimha Temple at Javagal instead of taking regular Belur - Hassan route. again i was the lone visitor at these 900+ year old temples. looks like no one wants old gods, i could find new temples being built in the same villages while the ancient temples lie in ruins. it is like educators trying to forcing students of 8th-9th-10th to study Artificial Intelligence while people with common sense and good education degrees are not able to find jobs.

      Javagal - Hassan - Swati Delicacy - Nelamangala - Home was an eventless drive except for a Masala Dosa getting stuffed into the stomach followed by another coffee. Reached home by 6:30 PM, just in time to welcome daughter back home after attending her college. rest of the evening was spent in sharing the conversations from last 2 days with parents and happenings during the wedding.


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      Happy Car ODO is somewhere below 117000 KMs. another 5 months to go before 10th anniversary. in 2009 i had not imagined that we will be together till 2019.

      Last edited by Nomad; 7th Jan 2019 at 13:14.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
      then had breakfast at Veena Stores Malleshwaram
      Next time, drop me a note before, I stay a walkable distance from here , we can catchup if interested.
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      Happy Car will complete 10 years with me in May 2019
      You will reach almost 2.25Lac by then
      Try walking into YOUR car rather than crawling. For me walking is always best ---GURU SHISHIR

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