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Paan Wala from Bada Bazaar : This is an image shot in Central Calcutta's whole sale market area popularly known
"Bada Bazaar"(Big Market).You can see a paan shop (Betel Leaf shop ) with the Paan-wala (Betel leaf seller) engaged in his business with a young acquaintance standing joyously outside the shop wearing a white colored Dhoti and navy blue prince coat and a gamcha around his neck. Hope you will like this image too.

Sometidbits about betel :

The betel (Piper betle) is the leaf of a vine belonging to the Piperaceae family, which includes pepper and kava. It is valued both as a mild stimulant and for its medicinal properties. Betel leaf is mostly consumed in Asia, and elsewhere in the world by some Asian emigrants, as betel quid or paan, with or without tobacco, in an addictive psycho-stimulating and euphoria-inducing formulation with adverse health effects.
The betel plant is an evergreen and perennial creeper, with glossy heart-shaped leaves and white catkin. The betel plant originated from South and South East Asia.

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