Friday, May 29, 2009

A little shop

For the Madrasi Paan connoisseurs, there are only a couple of places for that ultimate, ideal, paan. Of course, each of them has his or her own favourites, but if any of them has passed on the paan from this shop on Nungambakkam High Road, s/he cannot claim to be a true lover of the leaf. Did I say Madrasi? Mistake. This shop is pretty well known across India, to anyone who has visited Chennai and has felt the urge for an after-dinner refresher - the host would know that, with this shop, he can't go wrong!

Early evening, the homebound office goer chomps on a bit of luxury; the cops ignore the two-wheelers that are parked while the riders select their favourites from the menu. Later in the evening, the two-wheelers would be replaced by four-wheelers, including the Audis, the BMWs and the Mercedes - the lure of an after-dinner paan from Calcutta Pan Shop is too strong for anyone to resist!


6 comments:

Jacob said...

Okay, I give up. What is paan?

lviss said...

MORE THAN THE PAN ITSELF IS THE WAY THEY GO ABOUT MAKING IT RELIGIOUSLY.

Yogesh Naik said...

Thanks for visiting my Blog and Thanks for the comments !!

Shantaram said...

@ Jacob: This is it!@ lviss: The build-up you mean - and you never know the point at which the ingredients begin to diversify!

@ Yogesh: Hey, thanks for stopping by - and enjoy your 'Blog of Note' moment - good show!

Narayanan said...

Thinking of paan, I remember the plight of a Mumbai VIP who attended one of our company mtgs in Cochin who was unable to concentrate on procedure since the peon he sent with a spl Rx did not return in a reasonable time. He went on to say that if the man had eaten one he would not come back!(The peon took the chance to visit a bar!)

Shantaram said...

@ Narayanan: Can be quite addictive!