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.