When Worlds Collide #74: Mamma Mia! Is Italy an extension of South Asia?

When Worlds Collide, by Nalaka Gunawardene

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 14 July 2013

Colosseum photoMy column last week, about the various slow movements that counter our fast paced modern life, elicited several responses. Many agreed that it’s an ideal worth pursuing in our frenzied lives. A few considered it ‘a luxury best suited for pampered Europeans’.

Although the slow movement is a loose network of like-minded people with no corporate style organisational structure, Italy has long been its spiritual epicentre. This, apparently, prompted some readers to presume Italians are laid back lotus eaters.

Well, they are not. Having been visiting Italy at regular intervals for nearly 25 years, I can confirm that Italians are a very colourful and energetic people.

By coincidence, I was back in Rome this week, on a fleeting visit, and felt quite at home once again. It reaffirmed my cumulative impression…

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