The betel leaf enjoys the pride of place among all the accessories of a traditional Hindu pooja thali. The betel leaf denotes freshness and prosperity. Betel leaves or the tambool, which comprises betel leaf, betel nut and lime, marks the beginnings of all auspicious events.
Betel leaf is an evergreen perennial, with glossy heart-shaped leaves and white catkin inflorescence, and grows to a height of about 1 metre. The Betel plant originated in Malaysia and now grows in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The best Betel leaf is the "Magahi" variety (from the Magadha region) grown near Patna in Bihar, India.
Since antiquity, Betel leaf is much more popular in India than in any other country of the world. This would be evident from the numerous citations laid down in the ancient Indian scriptures. In these citations, significance of the leaves has been explained in relation to every sphere of human life including social, cultural, religious and even day-to-day life, which is very much relevant even today. For example, a well-prepared betel quid is still regarded as an excellent mouth freshener and mild vitalizer, routinely served on the social, cultural and religious occasions like marriage, religious festivals, etc.
taken from handicraft,indiamart.com
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holmertz (45917) 2011-08-14 10:37
This is a very nice picture of a very typical Indian scene. The composition is fine, showing two persons at the front and two others, slightly closer, behind. The colours are mild and pleasant, not oversaturated. What surprises me is that there doesn't seem to be a great rush of customers, at least not for the moment. Well, they will come.
janusz2054 (2) 2011-08-14 10:59
Another great capture of a daily life scene with superb details and attractive composition.
Very well presented.
digbymerry (3998) 2011-08-14 11:07
An excellent study of daily life. I like the detail and the colours but especially the expressions and attitudes of the people in the photo.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-08-14 11:41
a superb daily life photo with superb composition, the details of the photo are splendid, beautiful impression, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
annjackman (21053) 2011-08-14 12:11
I always enjoy street scenes from India and this is a fine one. Lovely shapes of the green leaves in those huge baskets. The sharpness, exposure and colours are all very good. Interesting note - TFS.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-08-14 12:32
Very different of your precedent post but very interesting too with this scene of life well collected. I like the POV well selecetd with the green elements which arise very well in the FG. Image rich in various details well collected.
Fis2 (90753) 2011-08-14 12:59
Next interesting photo from daily life.
Good frame, colors and light.
eldancer1 (32734) 2011-08-14 13:43
Very nice capture and good documentation of market vendors. Great pov and it has a good dof with nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tf.s
Silvio1953 (131592) 2011-08-14 13:47
Ciao Lakshmi, lovely daily life composition with interesting people, nice scene, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jacquest (18871) 2011-08-14 14:50
Very nice daily life scene with a lot of colors and expressions of faces. Great sharpness for the image.
pajaran (55539) 2011-08-14 14:57
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Betel liscu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka sa prodavcimai robom na pijaci, dobar prikaz lepim bojama i fotografijom.
Imajte lep dan i vreme.
Very interesting and good article about betel leaves ...
A good time recording with the vendors and goods at the market, a good display of colors and beautiful photography.
Have a nice day and time.
All the best.
Nicou (131328) 2011-08-14 23:09
Fantastique scčne et image, supertbe quelle scčne et iamge avec le graphsime au premier plan sur l'étalage, fantastique compo et image.
Bravo et maitié
snunney (90662) 2011-08-15 1:49
I don't think I have ever seen betel leaves before; there is certainly a fine array of them here. I like the composition very much; there is a pleasing balance between all the people and their crops. The man on his mobile phone reminds us that we are in the modern world. Very good colours and sharpness.
ikeharel (63815) 2011-08-15 2:34
First time I see these Betel-leaf vegtables, Lakshmi,
broadening my knowledge.
A very clear p[icrure with vivid colors and interesting face's expressions.
adramad (41096) 2011-08-15 11:05
Lovely picture with this scene so real that shows the marked environment, ideal banasts these betel leaves with so artfully placed, sellers put a nice touch of color and give a vivid picture.
I love great light and color, sharpness can also indulge in the countless details.
bukitgolfb301 (37994) 2011-08-15 13:23
Hi NMASKAR my dear Lakshmi
Another wonderful daily secne from Asia !!!
i like the causal shot from Asia very very much.
Nice framework and very organized composition as usual.
Big portion of the vesitable is so attarctive and also impressive. Thanks for your sharing nice work and have a good new start of a week!
Takero from heat Tokyo (thses 9 days continue 35℃ or more)
photoray (13719) 2011-08-15 18:43
Good placement of market people and the unusual betel leaves, in subdued and natural lighting.
I have never seen Betel before and now am curious if it can be found in California?
Good job, cheers,
raszid62 (18515) 2011-08-16 7:20
I've heard that chewing betel leaf is a nasty addiction to this little aesthetic. But photo retailers, beautiful-looking leaves here is a great and beautiful example of reportage photography.
siolaw (38292) 2011-08-17 3:49
Good market and daily life scene, with no one noticing you, and also a topic well shown in the picture and well explained in the note.
corjan3 (2095) 2011-08-17 6:35
This is very unusual with each of the four characters in his/her own world. The pattern of the stacked vegetables in the foreground contrasts very well with the unordered rest of the environment. A pleasure to view. Best wishes.
sacavem (18620) 2011-08-19 6:59
After a well deserved vacation, I'm back.
Information is very useful because I was completely unaware.A good picture of daily life and to me that the original market.Good colours and attractive composition.
jmdias (59174) 2011-08-20 3:06
very nice shot of the daily life in india, I never had seen these leaves before. very nice framing, light and sharpness. I liked the position of the personages and the marvelous colors and patterns of the girl in violet. nice job.
abmdsudi (47526) 2011-08-20 11:18
Looks pretty excellent real colorful market lots of vibrant display of colors and textures. So much detail, you've definitiely caught the feel of the atmosphere. Super image, so sharp in lovely expression and great pov. I like the touch of dominating green attracting the eyes in. Perfect exposure and clarity with so much charm. Closeness to the subjects is most impressive. It is amazing how much humanity and commerce can be packed into one place, that's colorful India I love. Well done, Great stuff!
Graal (100488) 2011-08-21 23:51
good reportage and portraits of sellers in one. Amazingmarket. Fine palette of colours. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
Curious_Eye (1320) 2011-08-23 6:34
An interesting capture of a daily life. It is very well timed and tells a story, or two! Nice colours, details and sharpness, and an informative note. TFS!
daddo (26078) 2011-08-27 4:29
Namaste Lakshmi.Nice shot full of colour and social import. Not only do we see the ubiquitous betel leaf but also we become interested in the vendors, each of whom seems to be in his or her own world. Excellent exposure with fine sharpness and natural colours. Best wishes. Klaudio.
Urs (14082) 2011-08-27 5:11
Actually the Thai dish you critiqued does not consist of fish, the curries mostly used are vegetarian or chicken or pork. For the Kanom Jeen there is no fish curry, because its price would be higher.
When I saw your shot of the betel leaf sellers, I remembered foundly our last trip to India in 2000. We really would love to go back, rather sooner then later.
Excellent candid shot with good POV, making the viewer look from the betel leafs to the sellers. Well done.