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National Geographic Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is walking across the globe in the footsteps of our ancestors. #Edenwalk Website: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/out-of-eden-walk/articles/2018-07-walking-through-youthful-exodus-india/
There is a strange apartheid of human movement in the Punjab: The poor and jobless opt to slow down, decelerating into drug use; the wealthier speed up into escape orbit. This has been going on for generations. Nobody knows how many Punjabis live across the world, but estimates hover between 8 and 10 million—a third of Punjab’s current population. “Migration to foreign countries has become a question of identity for Punjabis. It has become a status symbol,” writes Aswini Kumar Nanda, a migration expert at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development. // Read a new dispatch from #India (link in bio).
Ice cream is life. I grew up on the pushcart helados of the Mexican hinterlands. Catering to every guilty endorphin, the wizened paleteros of my childhood hawked porn comics and cigarettes as well as strawberry cones and lemon ices. On this endless foot journey across the Earth, by contrast, the cold and highly caloric food has proven a fickle reward. It is nonexistent in the Afar Triangle of Ethiopia (average summer temperature 125° F) and largely substituted by baklava in Turkey. But in the former Soviet sphere—the Soviets mastered the industrial production of assault rifles and ice cream—I walked in heaven. Today I trudge through the muzzy brown heat waves of summertime India. Yet I am surrounded by joy: Indians are deeply addicted to ice cream. // Read a new dispatch at the link in our bio. #India #Punjab #icecream