Out of Eden
Out of Eden

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Paul Salopek/Out of Eden, Arati Kumar Rao/Out of Eden

Rajistan Deserts, A Twisted Ankle, Opiate Drugs

Date: July 24, 2018
Approximate GPS Location: (29.28°N, 74.26°E)

Salopek advances into the Thar Desert of India, crossing from Punjab to Rajistan province. His latest observations are of ancient relics of the 4000-year-old Indus River civilization, and of pastoral and roadside life. He has been experiencing throbbing summer heat and hot winds known as 'loo'.

He is joined by a new walking partner named Prem Panicker, who, just as his journey has begun, is suffering from a twisted ankle.

In his latest article he talks about the vanishing opportunities for Punjab farmers and the resulting two directions taken by most Punjabi young men and women. One is a downward spiral into opiate drug use, and one is an exodus out of the countryside, to cities, or to industrialized countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, UAE or South Africa.


update history

The Gaoligong, a World Away from Modern China

November 18, 2021 // Out of Eden

Salopek Back on His Feet in Yunnan

October 27, 2021 // Out of Eden
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Out of Eden to Resume in China

October 13, 2021 // Out of Eden
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Coup in Myanmar, Salopek Remains in Yangon

February 24, 2021 // Out of Eden



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