Friday, June 11, 2010

Travails of a traveling musician

Friends have been asking me to update my blog periodically. I thought that instead of writing something that you all already know, i will write about the travails of a traveling musician. In my 24 years of traveling, there has not been one dull moment. Taking the Veena from one room to another itself offers innumerable opportunities for the person carrying it to slip somewhere..Imagine traveling all over the globe with it in cars, trains, buses, planes, vans, conveyer belts,escalators and what not!!

Early this week, I finished my concert in Mysore and was driving back to Bangalore late at night. We were traveling by a Getz car-Diesel CRDI engine..the drive was smooth and the weather was awesome...sleep tempted our eyelids as we approached the city of chennapatna which is almost midway between Mysore and Bangalore. We were running out of diesel and so the driver pulled into a Petrol bunk. In the sleepy state that everyone was in, none noticed that it was PETROL that was being filled into the gas tank.
Very content after filling the tank, we drove on in the highway with GNB's stimulating voice coloring the background.

In 2 mins the car jerked to a halt right in the middle of the highway with all heavy duty vehicles zooming past in full speed.It was a little past midnight and I was in my concert attire with the Veena on my lap!! As we were still figuring out why the car had stopped, my husband took control of the situation and called HYUNDAI service station and they were so efficient that they said that they will send a vehicle for help asap. Meanwhile we waved at quite a few vehicles zipping past asking for a ride and finally found a suitable car in which all of us could squeeze in with baggage et all and we reached Bangalore by 2am. Meanwhile, the Hyundai service vehicle found my car with the driver in chennapatna and drained out all the Petrol from the tank and then filled in deisel and re started the car. Luck was on our side and so the car behaved well and started. The driver then drove the car back to Bangalore and reached home by 4am..
Hozzat for a start??


Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam said...

Exciting!! to say the least :) Glad to see an update after a long time...

Pssst! said...

Yeh hui na baat! Excellent idea to recount your adventures Akka!

Durga said...

Very Exciting experience. Now I understand how musicians take pains to undertake hectic travel to please music lovers..


KSS said...

My goodness. Thank god you all got some one who could stop and give you a ride, plus the vehicle was doing fine after the diesel was flushed and replaced with petrol. Only in India both these things can happen. Out here in US, first of all no one will give a ride, and secondly, the the nozzle from the Petrol pump will fit the intake of a diesel tank.. So, I guess all things happen for a reason.

Srinivasan, San Jose, CA

cogito ergo sum said...

We heard you the first time in Bidaram Krishnappa Rama Mandira, Mysore and were very excited about your 8th Cross concert. Unfortunately this was not to be as our son fell ill.

We look forward to your future concerts in Mysore.
Krishna, Gowri, Chirag

Silent Sensations... said...

I cannot imagine the reaction of the guy who was lucky to give you the lift, once he would have seen who he was helping