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Re)searching Swastik Towers and Neighborhood change to larger apartments; The Pan shop

I then went to the local pan shop (which is only a few doors down from the apartments) to speak with Jagdish, who has owned the shop for 30 years. Which means that it is probably one of the oldest shops in this neighborhood and that he has seen the changes of the neighborhood. Jagdish, who seems much older then the first shop keeper I talked to, and has no teeth, is very popular with the local people. In the few minuets we spend talking to him, he serves 20 customers. I asked him about his relationships with the people of the apartments and he tells me about how at first no one buys, then "they come to ask what this is, what pan is. I tell them, it's a part of Vanarasi culture" he tells me through my translator. "I don't have a flat so I can't understand them" he tells my translator. "I don't understand their modern way of living, they don't understand my traditional way of living".

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Taken on October 18, 2011