(1) Chewing the areca nut or betel leaf - this is a common practice among certain cultural groups such as those with Bangledeshi heritage.(2) Muthassi was in the other room, seated on a mat, laughing as she recounted amusing anecdotes, while Muthassan, seated on the cot, stretched out his right hand for betel leaves.(3) Sometimes, betel leaves are also chewed along with the nuts.(4) Smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and having a poor diet are important risk factors in the West, and chewing betel or areca nuts, smoking bidis, and taking snuff are important in the Indian subcontinent.(5) Women sell everything from tomatoes, chillies and betel to clay coffee roasters and straw sleeping mats.(6) It is a treat to watch a veteran betel chewer go about the serious business of betel chewing.(7) The concoction which goes by the name of paan comprises betel leaves and a blend of aromatic substances which vary according to the type of paan.(8) The bunches of unripe berries picked from this parasitical climber of betel , palm and mango trees are dried in the sun to become peppercorn, the spice that was valued above all others.(9) Sitting next to the temple's outer wall, she sold tobacco, sirih pinang (traditional chewing paste consisting of betel leaves, areca nut, lime and gambier) and candies to Yundana.(10) The culture of eating paan or betel leaf is believed to exist in India since the 3rd century A.D. Boxes for storing these were made of different materials and in various shapes and sizes.(11) Dr. Krishnaswamy said external application of herbs or applying betel leaf over the baby's stomach when it suffered from colic could bring some relief.(12) I ask Woolford when we stop to wait for the porters to stuff betelnut - a mild stimulant extracted from the betel palm - into their cheeks.(13) These offerings include a goat, two cups and one box of cooked rice, a tray of ground rice cakes, five cups of sticky rice, lemon juice, and ten pieces of betel (a pepper plant).(14) We sat on the green carpet, facing the ├ö├ç├┐shrine├ö├ç├û consisting of a low table, a small cone of rice with egg on top, incense, flowers, a place for betel vine, and other ritual equipment.(15) Even older women who chew betel regularly make a point of how little tobacco they use within the quid, and cautioned other chewers of the strength of the tobacco.(16) The beaches of Kashid and Nandgaon with their whispering casuarina, coconut and betel palms are a balm for the weary city dweller.