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Busking tradition: One of the most civilised things in the world

I think tradition of busking is one of most civilised things in the world, says the author

Aakar Patel 

Aakar Patel I was in Rome earlier this month on work. Actually a few miles outside Rome, on the road to Fiumicino airport, in a hotel surrounded by very little. It was a generic place, with large concrete parking lots and deserted like an American suburb. It was singularly unattractive and so each day I could get away I took the bus into Rome.   Once there, I walked around in desultory fashion to take in the city: the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the arches and, of course, the Palatine hill. Italy is full of young Bangladeshi men, similar looking: thin, dark and short, spirited and full of hustle. ...

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First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 21:52 IST
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