"Now, our schoolteacher was a big paan and spit man"

Paan stall
Public DomainPaan stall
Paan, a mixture of betel leaves and areca nut, is chewed by men all over India to freshen the breath and clear the palate.

It is usually then spat out, leaving colourful red stains on the ground. Various different flavourings can be added, as at this paan maker's stall.