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Bollywood show shined light on Indian cultural diversity

Hosting the IIFA awards gave Tampa Bay a chance to showcase its best side to an international audience, but it also gave us a chance to learn a little about the dynamics of Indian culture. It offered snapshots of the joy Indians get from Bollywood, much like we do with our celebrities, but it also gave a glimpse of their diversity. After attending one event, it became apparent that the group was not a monolith, but a people laced with cultural, social and generational differences.

I hope more residents take advantage of similar opportunities when they come to our area. International events give us a chance to travel to a destination without leaving home. …

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater launches a new "Live Amplified" campaign Thursday at the Gulfport Casino. If it matches the location, it'll be terrific. …

Seen on a windshield: SOS Venezuela. …

The craft beer craze has procreated another tourist lure, provided character and produced jobs. It's a mystery why the Legislature would even consider a law that would handcuff the industry's efforts. I wouldn't blame Joey Redner for moving his Cigar City Brewery if the law passes. …

It's high times for former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks. He hosted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and a celebrity poker fundraiser this past weekend, and he keynotes Metropolitan Ministries' annual Bridge Builders' Luncheon on Friday at the Marriott Waterside. Learn more at metromin.org. …

I want to apologize to IIFA awards organizers for even suggesting the possibility of rain. They clearly knew the weekend would be perfect. TV should hire them as meteorologists. …

That's all I'm saying.

Bollywood show shined light on Indian cultural diversity 04/27/14 [Last modified: Sunday, April 27, 2014 8:02pm]
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