I was a frequent visitor to "Doris Cottage" in the years between 1962 and 1967 as I too was a resident at Raymond Road, Nugegoda during my medical student days. Apart from ND and myself, other members of our batch who were Nugegoda residents at that time were Sanath de Tissera (Railway Avenue), the late L.G.D.K. Herath (Dilrukshi Place off Old Kesbewa Road), Mahendra Collure (Dewala Road), Chirasri Mallawarachchi (now Jayaweera Bandara) and Malik Jaimon whose homes were at Melder Place. However, it was only Sanath, ND and myself who met frequently in Nugegoda during holidays and in the evening hours.
ND's article being a lengthy one, I thought of restricting the text of mine and including a few photographs instead, to depict how Nugegoda has changed since the era described by ND. These photographs were taken specially for this blog post and hence I have focused on some of the spots highlighted by ND.
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|The turn off to Wickramasinghe Place (now renamed Samudradevi Mawatha)|
|Same place from a different angle|
|High Level Road Junction with the flyover|
|Samarakoon Studio as it stands today|
|Church Street (now called Stanley Thilekeratne Mawatha) as seen from the HLR Junction|
|S de S Jayasinghe Mawatha leading to Kohuwela Junction|
|Anglican Church of SS Mary & John|
|Wickramasinghe Place with Church Street at the far end|
|Probably the exact spot where Doris Cottage was. A dentist Dr. Ranjith Weerasinghe has his clinic there|
|Busy Church Street|
|The turn off to Railway Avenue|
|Nugegoda railway station and Station Road|
|National Book Shop referred to in ND's article|
|Nawala Road Junction as seen from Church Street|
|A train crossing Church Street|
|The rail tracks with a train visible near the station|