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* 2006-01-21 oochappan


India - Tamil Nadu - Madurai

This man was preparing and selling beeda made of sunambu, a cream of calcium, mixed with spices as cardamum, gulgandu, made out of honey and roseflowers and betel nut rolled up in a betel leaf at the corner of the South-Gate of the Meenakshi Temple.

Eating this prepared leafs stills the hunger or helps the digestion and has a sweet taste.

This is the common beeda used by all people ,ladies and children.

In the more spicy ones, Zarida beedy, some soft drugs are added giving a slight gear in the head.

A pan shop like this one is not from Tamil origine but rather from the North. In Tamil Nadu they used to chew on the beetle-leaf with tabacco.

Canon EOS 5D ,Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
ISO-200 1/200sec F/3,5 30mm Indian Time 12:47 full exif

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