Aavin Flavoured Milk
One of the really unique things about Chennai is Aavin, the milk cooperative that set the trend for milk cooperatives elsewhere in the state. The concept of an automatic vending machine, to which I was introduced long back, was really fascinating. One would pay the required amount, get the tokens and drop them one at a time into a slot and voila, milk would suddenly flow from the dispensing plastic tap into the container, as if by magic. I am sure, many who had relocated to Chennai from smaller cities would have been amused by this new way of getting something compared to where they must have come from, having lived close to the source and thus witnessing the actual process on a daily basis. Anyway, apart from the milk itself, the other things that were good about Aavin were the various milk products they carried like the Milk Khoa, Chocobar and most importantly, Flavoured Milk, my favorite being the Yelakkaai (Elaichi) one. This milk that was vanilla in color and came in a bottle (long before tetrapacks became popular) was my must-have at the Luz corner Aavin outlet (entrance to Kutchery Road). And do you know what it costed in those days? The princely sum of 1 rupee and 90 paise :-).