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Sort of a corner candy store on wheels, the pan man sells candy and pushes a few drugs on the side. Not totally unlike a few of our western candy stores.

Cigarettes are sold individually but the big source of income is paan, or of a wad of crushed betel nut, spices, and lime paste wrapped in a leaf. Paan is mildly intoxicating, adequately addicting, and the source of the red spit and smiles of Asia.

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After thinking about this shot for a while I started wondering why there wasn't white lime paste smeared on his hands and everything else on his cart.

I checked a wide angle grab and realized that he's mixing chewing tobacco with sugar and spices, not making paan. My baad.


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