Oh, it was a disappointed dawn the last Saturday, where dad waked me giving a shock that Woodlands was closed late night. Woodlands Drive-in is more than a restaurant to me and the second favorite place in Chennai next to beaches. Soon I hearing the voice, moments in mind passes as images before eyes, and can’t even imagine the closed gates of woodlands, which I have never seen, where the hotel operates everyday. I was visiting there from my childhood days where I could remember and even dad used to take me there when I am only 2 years, and we often spent our Saturday evenings at the playing space inside the drive-in. In centre of the city near the famous Anna Flyover with many huge trees and comfortable parking space, the restaurant operates with little calm inside with birds sending sweet noise.
Those days woodlands means great joy for me and bro who usual go there for playing at the swings, seesaw , spinning wheels and sidings. There was a horse ride also inside the Drive-in for children safari; where we could find a lazy horse or it was very old one moves slowly a round. I was the one to get fear of horse, and have gone on it ones, but my bro has went many rounds without fear and sometimes its hard to move him from riding. These are happened nearly 7-8 years back, and I never know the playing things are still working, but the horse riding is no more. Before, I wish to enjoy the comfort people having there food sitting inside there cars, but we were without car that time; today enjoyed the food as I wished, but could not spent in those playing space.
I couldn’t take it easily that my favorite place is closed now and the only restaurant I visit and could visit is no more and can’t hope it will be reopen, because of the government decision to create a big horticulture research center and a botanical garden like the Bangalore’s Lal Bagh in the18 acres of land. When ever I think about woodlands, I could be able to visit in a week or more days, but now I can only have memories and the thoughts will never exist. Last time I was there in February for meeting our blog friend Thooya; good time we haven’t get space inside the hotel, so we enjoy the moment under trees and special is footing in woodland after a long time and in my wheels. The only dish I like more is the plain dosai, which is my favorite dish too and it is the special I think about Woodlands. Really I miss more the pleasure this place gives me. Whether the land is occupied legally or illegally, it would be glad if the restaurant been allowed to continue there with parking. I know it will not going to happen, any wish will not take back the govt. decision. I wish the garden which is yet to come won’t destroy the trees.