Ok, in the trip update I mentioned that I was having trouble with the horn/battery. The issue was when I press the horn simultaneously with the brakes, the horn went all cracked up and sounded weird. When I checked the battery, the indicator on the battery showed that it needed charging (though we were on 8 hour plus drives through the trip).
I took the car to Anant Cars and got the battery tested. It had gone bad. The electrical guy (supposedly the senior most electrician) said that this could be due to the "extra fog lamps" that were fitted. Though most of our drive was through the daytime and the fogs were very rarely used, this totally floored me. I did get the battery changed (OEM
was Exide and the replacement was an Amaron).
Anyone else faced anything similar?
Also, while at the dealer/service center, I got the brakes looked at and found the front brake pads nearly at their end (15,000 kms). I was told the front brake pads usually last for about 18,000 kms. Got them replaced as well.