Of Paans and Paandaans

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Paans (betel leaf)have been karachi’s speciality for ages.Every nook and corner of the city has it’s own ‘paan ka khoka’ or in other words,a paan shop.Even though Dadi jee key paandaans have been reincarnated into candy dishes and ice-cream bowls,the thought of having a meetha or khushboo wala paan,after a scrumptious meal at Bundoo Khan’s is as luring as ever.The spirit of paans has sure been kept alive by our bus and rickshaw-walas who seem to chew paan all day long and leave the proof of it over foot-paths and pavements.But even then,eating a juicy,tantalizing paan,on a summer eve by the seaside can be highly delicious.The silent crunch of the coconut,the sweet flavour of the colourful i-wonder-what,and the syrup melting over your tongue like honey glazing gravels is a seductive experience which,for some time at least,makes you forget the worldly worries and just think of the slice of paradise in your mouth.So,paan anyone?

4 Comments so far

  1. hafsa (unregistered) on March 17th, 2005 @ 2:11 am

    never really like daadi ji ke paandan walay paans but yeah, sealing off a great desi dinner or a random hang out with friends, with a paan is just perfect.

  2. saphiya (unregistered) on March 17th, 2005 @ 3:03 am

    haha.Haina? Daddi jee key paandaan waley paans are old stuff now.Besides,they were never that meetha:D

  3. Zia (unregistered) on March 17th, 2005 @ 4:02 am

    No thanks! I guess you’ve never had your windshield spat on by a paan-chewing gent from the bus next to you.

  4. saphiya (unregistered) on March 17th, 2005 @ 4:51 am

    Haha.Even worse.I had my back spat on with a paan by a rickshaw wala.How sick is that?And i had a formal diner to attend,which i did,nonetheless:P

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