Sometime back I read a news item in local newspapers-about a strange export commodity ( not i-phones!) from US to India. Time-just after 1850's.USA was exporting ice to India. Ice blocks were cut from the frozen lakes near Chicago and packed with wooddust and shipped to India. Steam ships would have travelled through Suez or around South Africa to reach Bombay (Mumbai) and Calcutta(Kolkotta)By the time ice blocks reached Indian ports, half the quantity used to melt away.Still the customers,elite British, who were ruling the country relished the imported stuff with their drinks during the scorching Indian summer.
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