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A chance encounter of the media kind

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Mediapersons at the Press Club here were least expecting it. And hence were least prepared. They were waiting for the next press conference begin, when Carlotta Mismetti Capua, journalist, and Alessandro Vasari, photographer, of Italian daily La Republica walked in.

They are on a visit to India to do a couple of stories — one on Ayurveda and another on people and books they read. "We were going to a library when we saw the Press Club." So they thought of dropping in. For once, the mediapersons who are used to throwing questions at people on the dais found themselves answering questions from their counterparts from another side of the globe.

Ms. Capua was interested in knowing about the reading pattern of public. "In Italy, it is sports first, sports second and sports third." Politics came only after that, she said, while Mr. Vasari went on clicking.

Fascinated

Ms. Capua was fascinated by the news that poor people in Kerala share a newspaper. Italians do not use news dailies that extensively.

They are more addicted to television. But Bollywood, the Hindi film industry, is reported well in the Italian media. "The music in these films are like operas, though more funny or fancy."

The duo will be in Kochi for a couple of days before heading to the Ayurveda centre at Kottakkal and then to the Ayurveda Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. From there, they will move on to Tamil Nadu.

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