Apparently, Woodlands drive-in is closing down! Its a place I’ve been going to since I was a kid. I’ve heard my uncles talk about it as a perfect place to take a date. But, I fell in love with that place when I was in college. I went there last Saturday for brunch. They’ve managed to keep up the magic of the dosa, sambhar and filter coffee for so many years now. Other than the fact that the dosas got greasier, I have almost no complaints about that place as ill maintained as it is.
When I was in college, we could get out in the afternoons in the final year. So, the perfect place to bunk class and go to was just a minute’s walk away. The dosa then was Rs. 17 and coffee was Rs. 8. We used dig out the change from our pockets (me and 3 other friends) and depending on the financial status of the day, the menu would be decided well before going there. On especially oppulent days, we used to have masala dosa and one odd times, bonda as well. Sitting inside and eating is probably not as enticing as the drive-in place. But I find that fun too. In spite of the heat beating down through the asbestos roof and poorly functioning fans, there’s an old world charm about it that will never die.
Now that the government has decided to reclaim the land, lets see what use they put it to.
Woodys will be missed, sorely!