Ieri, durante la nostra visita nella città di Srinagar, siamo stati contattati da un reporter del Greater Kahsmir, il giornale più importante e bilingue della capitale.
Il giornalista, Faheem Aslam, aveva deciso di contattarci una volta saputo che due stranieri, un alpinista ed un artista fotografo dall’Italia, erano in città ed erano riusciti a visitare e fotografare, con una vecchia macchina polaroid, alcuni dei luoghi più interessanti di Srinagar.
I due erano riusciti persino a farsi ricevere riprendendo alcune delle più vecchie moschee della città solitamente inacessibili agli stranieri e ai non munsulmani.
Noi siamo rimasti sorpresi dell’invito a vistare la redazione ma abbiamo accettato di buon grado trascorrendo con il giornalista una buona oretta raccontandogli il nostro progetto e le nostre impressioni sulla città. La nostra sorpresa è stata doppia quando abbiamo scoperto che la nostra intervista è stata pubblicata con tanto di foto in terza pagina del quotidiano di oggi . Faheem Aslam mi ha inviato per email anche l’indirizzo web dove è stato pubblicato l’articolo: Greater Kashmir.
Intanto pubblico qui l’articolo in Inglese, spero che il buon Ivan mi aiuti a tradurlo perchè da qui ho pochissimo tempo per utilizzare la connessione ad Internet. I due assesi sono finiti sul giornale del Kashmir, quasi un primato!!
Foreigners find Kashmir safe, garbage irksome
Decry ‘wrong projection of Valley in media’
by FAHEEM ASLAM
Srinagar, May 11: Two European visitors on Monday decried the ‘wrong projection’ of Kashmir by media abroad, asserting that the Valley was safe for foreign tourists.
Mountaineer Davide Valsecchi and artist Enzo Santambrogio, both Italians, said their perception about Kashmir changed on their arrival here. “In newspapers and on internet, we are being told that Srinagar is not a safe place for foreigners. But we found there is nothing like that. We easily roamed across the city, stayed in houseboats, and found people very tourist friendly,” they told Greater Kashmir.
“In Italy we come to hear through media about Kashmir only when there is some trouble in the Valley. But we find that everything is normal here. You can enjoy life on the streets and water bodies, especially in Dal Lake.”
The duo arrived here three days back to “explore life in Srinagar, Leh and Himalayan mountains.” “We are visiting Ladakh soon to explore the place where different cultures exist together and share same land with peace,” said Davide, adding that on their return to Italy, they would write about Srinagar and its importance from the tourist perspective. “Srinagar is a really interesting city. The hustle bustle on the streets here is similar to that in Venice, but life in water bodies resembles that in the city of Ferrara, which is very cool and calm,” he added.
The duo, also freelance writers, said they found the garbage on the streets of Srinagar irksome. “Garbage on the streets gives a bad idea of the place. We don’t mean to criticize the place, but from tourists’ perspective, it is irksome as they don’t like garbage littered on the streets. It scares them because they are very conscious of health and hygiene. So the government should take appropriate measures in this regard,” said Enzo Santambrogio, who said the gardens in the Valley were similar to those in parts of Italy.
The duo said Kashmir had lot to offer. “Foreigners love flowers, gardens and mountains besides exploring different cultures. We think Kashmir has all that a foreign tourist demands,” they said.
Davide said they found the road from Ladakh to Srinagar very scary. “Actually Europeans are not used to traveling on high-altitude roads, and also the long distance ones. But the Valley and Ladakh have very good air connectivity. So we don’t think there is any reason for foreign tourists to stop visiting here,” he said. “The tourist agencies outside tell us that Kashmir is not safe place and we must visit there on our own risk and responsibility. But here we found people very friendly and open-minded. So we strongly decry wrong projection of the Valley by media,” they said.
Ciao dal Kashmir!!