leaf vendor in pune


12 responses to “leaf vendor in pune

  1. wonderful character, setting, colours, little details.
    good spot!

  2. Great picture, so I went to flickr to see what you used to take it. No luck. Can you give us a clue?

  3. Sure, it’s our brand new Canon Powershot SX110IS 9MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom!

  4. Those are the leaves used to make a mouth-freshner usually had after meals in India (or by Indians). I hope Jenny and Dave know about it. For others here is the page

  5. I love how he has them so carefully stacked. Great shot!

  6. Nirajan:

    This is what your wiki link had to say about pan:
    The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) regards the chewing of betel-quid and areca nut to be a known human carcinogen.[1]

    The main carcinogenic factor is believed to be betel nut. A recent study found that betel-nut paan with and without tobacco increased oral cancer risk by 9.9 and 8.4 times respectively.[2]

    what are those seeds they have sitting around at indian restaurants? are they fennel seeds? they also help freshen your breath, without sucking in all those carcinogens.

  7. That is such a nostalgic shot of home!’sigh’

  8. ke,

    Yes those are fennel seeds.
    I did not know about betel-nut being a carcinogen .. hmm

  9. Ahh! So you guys visited Pune.. hope you liked my city 🙂

    Betel-nut is carcinogenic but betel-nut leaf isn’t I guess, right? In case it is isn’t (which I hope) then try having ‘magai’ paan (without betel nut and tobacco).. sweet and it will melt in your mouth.
    A paan shop in nearby Aurangabad has thousands of paan varieites, some as expensive as 3000 bucks 🙂

  10. Ke,

    You are correct in noting the fact and yes those are fennel seeds.

    Although I was not aware that betel quids were so harmful. Although I will not quit eating these even after knowing this. Occasional eating will not cause cancer for sure and I am ready to take that kind of risk. 🙂

    All those who are not can try on fennel seeds.


  11. Gajananrao Gandhi

    Although Paan is considered carcinogenic, it should be noted that a) it is definitely not addictive, and b) an occasional use probably will not cause cancer. The tests that were done, and the lesions that were noted were for those habitual users, generally with tobacco powder added in. (A relatively recent fad – in the last 50 years ….). One of the insidious ingredients are magnesium carbonate, slaked lime, and catechu. How many of us eat this crap on a regular basis ? Just like the carcinogenic properties of cyclamates, certain teas, and kohl eye liners. A very moderate and very seldom occasional use will not have necessarily deleterious effects. Life itself is a risk … Enough said.

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