Ok, this is just gross

Bikaner was bad for the teeth

When Joel was visiting last month, he and I had a little love affair with paan. Normally, it’s a special treat for me — because I know it’s a bad habit — and I have it maybe once a month. Well, Joel and I kinda went nuts and chewed the paan a few times a day.

The above shot comes from Bikaner, as we were about to board a bus. Needless to say, we each took window seats in the back and spat into the breeze.

It was all in the name of our latest music video project that has stalled in production as I don’t have a regular power source these days.

MOUNTAIN WATCH: I’ve been Sikkim four days have yet to see Kanchenjunga (or really anything other than the Himalayan foothills) because a near-constant layer of fog and mist has given me a visibility ceiling of maybe 1,500 feet. I’ll keep you posted, but I’m probably going to have to get a lot closer. Pelling, maybe next month.

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Forgive me, this photo is disgusting

Nothing a good teeth brushing couldn't fix

Nothing a good teeth brushing couldn't fix

Cringe. I do when I see this photo, and I was there. Hell, it’s my own mouth.

This is the aftermath of paan, a wonderful Indian treat. It consists of areca nut, tobacco and sometimes spices or paste wrapped up in a betel leaf. The resulting little triangle of goodness goes into your mouth where you chew it, suck on it, tuck it into your cheek and slowly spit it out.

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