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Cops in Posco area keep betel buyers at bay

Kendrapada: Due to their unique aromatic flavour and tender taste, betel leaves from Dhinkia gram panchayat of Jagatsinghpur district are a favourite among paan-eaters across the country. "Many in...
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3 held for extortion from paan traders

GUWAHATI: The city police on Monday arrested Satish Chauhan, Bipin Chauhan and Brijesh Chauhan for running an extortion racket in the betel nut leaf (paan) wholesale market in the city; they were...
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The Secret Ingredient in Muchhad Paanwala's paan

However, there are just a handful that compare with Maruti Pav-Bhaji, Sardar Pav-Bhaji, Kirti Vada-Pav and Kunju-Vihar Vada-Pav. Likewise, there's little that comes close to the quality of Bade Miyan, Mucchad Paanwala, ...
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What started off as any other paan shop has today become a legend in its own right. Jaishankar Tiwari, the humble and the proud owner of the legacy, now apparently owns a Mercedes (unverified!) and his kids go to some very expensive schools (we’ve heard that his son studies abroad, an unverified fact though). One of the first things I noticed about him is that he was an amazing conversationalist. Of course, the quality of his betel-leaves was quite delectable, but in his own words, his customers came back also for his conversations. He has an amazing view on life and shares them liberally with the who’s who that frequent his outlet. The net result is that what was once a meagre Rs. 100 a day business, is today an empire worth, in Tiwariji’s own words, “Zaroorat se zyaada”.

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Painting the town red - Bhubanewar

Painting the town red - Bhubanewar | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
A common thing one notices in the state capital wherever one goes is the betel stain "artwork" proudly displayed along the corridors of power, multi-storey residential apartments, hospitals and swanky marketplaces.

 

The betel-chewing brigade is ever growing and spares no inch of available space. The state secretariat, government buildings, Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation... you name it and there will be a red splash on the wall.

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The Secret Ingredient in Muchhad Paanwala's paan

The Secret Ingredient in Muchhad Paanwala's paan | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
Mumbai would possibly have more than 5,000 Pav-Bhaji outlets and at least thrice that number of Vada-Pav stalls.

 

What started off as any other paan shop has today become a legend in its own right. Jaishankar Tiwari, the humble and the proud owner of the legacy, now apparently owns a Mercedes (unverified!) and his kids go to some very expensive schools (we’ve heard that his son studies abroad, an unverified fact though). One of the first things I noticed about him is that he was an amazing conversationalist. Of course, the quality of his betel-leaves was quite delectable, but in his own words, his customers came back also for his conversations. He has an amazing view on life and shares them liberally with the who’s who that frequent his outlet. The net result is that what was once a meagre Rs. 100 a day business, is today an empire worth, in Tiwariji’s own words, “Zaroorat se zyaada”.

And another three interviews. And all of them confirmed my hunch. They all started with a mad passion. Wanting to do something really nice. And once that succeeded, they felt like doing more and more of the same. Live and die for product ‘quality’.

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The Rise of the Nukkad Paanwala | Entrepreneurindia.in

The Rise of the Nukkad Paanwala | Entrepreneurindia.in | The Paanwala | Scoop.it

The Rise of the Nukkad Paanwala... By Muchhad Paanwala

 

W hen I came to Mumbai in 1977, I had no idea I was going to start a paan business. My father, Shyam Charan Tiwari, had come here in the early ‘50s to earn a living and make it big for the family. He was in service of, and paying rent to, Tilkamdas Khatau, owner of Khatau mansion, where the shop stands today. This street corner, in those days, had become a popular hangout spot (nukkad) for the aimless on the road to gather and smoke or chat without consideration for the people residing there. Mr. Khatau wanted to get rid of this nuisance.
My father used to be a strong man, who exercised regularly and his presence was thought of as a healthy signal to ward off unwanted elements at the street corner. For this reason, he put up a fruit and vegetable stall in this spot (where the shop stands today) without any real motivation to develop the business.

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Khaike Pan Banaraswala - Amitabh Bachchan & Zeenat Aman

Movie: Don Music Director: Kalayanji Anandji Singer: Kishore Kumar Director: Chandra Barot Enjoy this super hit song from the 1978 movie Don starring Amitabh...

 

Enjoy this super hit song from the 1978 movie Don starring Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Om Shivpuri, Satyen Kappu, Aparna Choudhury and Maruti.

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How the paan took over New York sidewalks

How the paan took over New York sidewalks | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
How the paan invaded New York's sidewalks.

 

A research abstract published on a National Center for Biotechnology Information ( NCBI ) website declares, rather ominously, Paan and Gutka in the United States: An Emerging Threat. In Mumbai, these are stuff you choke your morning tea on and dismiss as American excesses between smirking. However, not all Indians are amused. Ask residents of Queens, New York. A New York Times article titled On Jackson Heights’ Sidewalks, a Treat’s Messy Aftermath, reports how the residents of a New York neighbourhood are losing their sleep over the paan stained sidewalks.

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Betel leaf leaves farmers in the red

Betel leaf leaves farmers in the red | The Paanwala | Scoop.it

The low price of betel leaf, used extensively in making mouth-watering varieties of paan, has left farmers in the district in teary-eyed.

 

This season, farmers have harvested a bumper crop after a good monsoon in the region.
However, the price crash is something they are still finding hard to come to terms with.

 

The price of a bundle of betel leaf (containing 100 leaves) fell as low to Rs five at the betel leaf market in Harihara in the district. Though there is a huge demand for the leaves during the Dasara-Deepavali festivals, this year the market recorded fewer auctions. The leaves are usually auctioned to the highest bidder.

 

The crash has devastated many farmers. Betel leaf is one of the major crops in the district and is cultivated in 12,000 hectares across Belludi, Bhanuvalli, Hanagawadi, and Shamshipura in Harihara taluk, Goppenahalli, Pandomatti, Pensamudra and Malahaala in Channagiri taluk, Sasavehalli, Hanumasagara, Somalapura, Balamuri, Gopagondanahalli and Cheelapura in Honnali. Byrapura, Ucchangidurga, Gadigudal and Nandibevuru in Harapanahalli taluk also cultivate the leaves. The leaves are also supplied to North India from the region.

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Railways choose purple to hide paan stains on 72 new rakes

Railways choose purple to hide paan stains on 72 new rakes | The Paanwala | Scoop.it

Can’t keep paan masala stains off our trains? Try concealing them. That’s the Railways’ idea behind choosing the dark purple exterior for the 72 rakes it will get from Bombardier Transportation next year.

 

The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) signed a contract with Bombardier, a Canadian firm, worth over Rs 1,000 crore in 2011, wherein Bombardier will install electrical infrastructure for 72 12-car locals that MRVC will procure under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-II).

 

Besides the dark purple exterior, the Bombardier rakes will have anti-graffiti coating (such coating prevents graffiti paint from sticking to surface). Railway officials said they decided on deep purple exterior looking at the condition of the existing rakes, which has a colour scheme of mauve and silver.

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Center Fresh’s paan-flavoured gum Ad

Center Fresh’s paan-flavoured gum Ad | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
Client: Perfetti Van Melle Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Territory: India Verdict: 4/5 Across India, you see people whose lips and teeth are stained a lurid crimson and the same scarlet colour is splattered around street corners.
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Get Buzzed on Betel Nut From Your Local Grocery

Get Buzzed on Betel Nut From Your Local Grocery | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
Buzz-inducing betel nut is widely available in Asia. But once you know what to look for, you can buy the ingredients at the local Chinese grocery.
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The Wisdom Of Your Paan-Loving Grandmother | Rujuta Diwekar

The Wisdom Of Your Paan-Loving Grandmother | Rujuta Diwekar | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
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 Betel leaf has five times more iron than spinach! Yeah, pick up your jaw. When you learnt all about digestion in your science class you also learnt that iron can’t be absorbed without its cofactors, the vit B and vit C. Betel leaf is an abundant source of these vitamins too along with carotene, that’s Vit A, and has enzymes that aid digestion. Now you see why your grand old lady is chewing it post-lunch and has a memory of an elephant?

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The Brighter Side of Paan : Medical Benefits of Ingredients of Paan ...

The Brighter Side of Paan : Medical Benefits of Ingredients of Paan ... | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
I remember finding one in the Daal(Pulse) I ordered at a Desi Dhaba(Road side cheap restaurant). People prefer Paan rather chewing gums because of its sweet and soothing taste. You can find a Paan Wala ( Paan vendor ...
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English Paanwala in Mumbai

Order your Stiff Collar Shirts at: www.bit.ly TheStiffCollar.com presents India's First Reality Ad. Watch how our Desi Englishman Max Fernandes played a prank on unsuspecting Paan eaters on a hot Mumbai day to tell them about the brand.
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Millionaire paanwala family members attack each other with sticks and iron rods

Millionaire paanwala family members attack each other with sticks and iron rods | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
A long standing feud among family members of Muchhad Paanwala - south Mumbai’s most famous paan seller - spilled on to the streets last Thursday night.

 

Kemp’s Corner residents witnessed from their high rises the millionaire paan sellers attacking each other with iron rods and sticks, all the while screaming abuses, at 2 am on Friday.

Officers from Gamdevi Police Station said that trouble began when Jaishankar Tiwari, who manages Muchhad Paanwala shop at Kemp’s Corner, got into an argument with his nephew Jitendra, who handles Tiwari Paan Shop next door. Jitendra’s father Kanhaiyalal Tiwari and Jaishankar are cousins.

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Illustrated book: Mucchad Paanwala

Illustrated book: Mucchad Paanwala | The Paanwala | Scoop.it

My illustrated book will tell the success story of a curbside Paan-seller. (Paan or Betel Leaf, is a type of Indian digestive, which consists of fillings wrapped in a triangular package using leaves of the Betel pepper (Piper betle) and held together with a toothpick or a clove.)


He is called “Muchad” which translates to Moustache in English, as his moustache is a mark of his pride. For over 20 years he still sits by a popular curbside, he now has his own website where you can order online, and rumour has it that he owns a Mercedes. A typical paan sells for equivalent to 10 pence.

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Messy Aftermath of Paan, After-Dinner Treat, Splits Jackson Heights, Queens

Messy Aftermath of Paan, After-Dinner Treat, Splits Jackson Heights, Queens | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
The stains left by those spitting out the leaves of paan, a popular after-dinner treat, have caused friction in the 74th Street commercial district in Queens.

 

The sidewalks of New York have long been blotted by black blobs where chewing gum met its demise. But the reddish-brown splotches that trouble Mr. Poudel are seemingly unique to the 74th Street commercial district, and they are causing friction among the South Asians who eat, work and shop there.

These are the marks of paan.

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India's attempts to ban chewing tobacco stymied by black market - The National

India's attempts to ban chewing tobacco stymied by black market - The National | The Paanwala | Scoop.it
Uneven enforcement by states and a thriving black market are thwarting attempts to ban 'gutka', which is more popular than cigarettes and is consumed by an estimated 65 million Indians, including children.

 

Known as gutka in Hindi, chewing tobacco is more popular than cigarettes and is consumed by an estimated 65 million Indians, including many children, according to India's food and health ministry. India banned the sale of gutka in 2001 but it is up to individual states to enforce the ban.


So far, 14 of the 28 Indian States have enforced the ban on its sale with five more considering the doing the same.
Last week, the north-east Indian state of Mizoram became the latest state to impose the ban. Delhi, meanwhile, enforced the ban in September.

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Dubai municipality campaigns against paan products

Dubai: To deter the use of paan (betel leaves), Dubai Municipality carried out a week-long campaign that resulted in the seizure of 250 kilograms of paan.
According to Local Order 98/1996, importing paan products to Dubai is against the law and those who chew and spit it in public places have to pay a fine of Dh500.
The municipality campaign targeted commercial areas in Deira and Bur Dubai, as well as in worker’s accommodations in Al Qouz, Jebel Ali and Sonapur to also raise awareness against the harmful side-effects of paan products.

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