March 22, 2012


Dear Members,  Editorial


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.


First of all, a BIG thank you to everyone that came out to our Kismet Connection event and helped make it a SOLD OUT event! We will be sharing photos and videos soon so stay tuned!  


The best feedback we received from attendees is that you want us to create more such opportunities for our fans to get together.  And we're always listening to our fans.  So here's what's coming up!


On April 12, we're hosting a special MyBindi Night at the Fleck Dance Theatre at the Harbourfront Centre where we will enjoy a double bill of Hari Kirishnan's Quicksand and Nine!  Tickets are just $20 per person (regular prices are over $30) if you purchase your tickets HERE as part of the MyBindi group!


On April 13, MyBindi goes to the Factory Theatre to see Anosh Irani's rip-roaring comedy, "My Granny the Goldfish".  We're offering an exclusive Dinner and Theatre package for just $50.  This includes a 3 course meal at the renowned 5th Elementt followed by the play (with reserved seating for MyBindi fans).


If you're not able to join us on these dates, you can still catch these performances on other dates, at regular prices.  See details below.


As always, this newsletter is packed with information on events because that's what we do at MyBindi.  We bring you all aspects of South Asian arts, entertainment and lifestyle.


Have a great weekend!  


Until next week,  





Editor-in-Chief & CEO




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My Granny the Goldfish by Anosh Irani
My Granny the GoldfishThe Toronto premiere of the hilarious and irreverent comedy

by Anosh Irani
directed by Rosemary Dunsmore
starring Kawa Ada, Yolande Bavan, Veena Sood & Sanjay Talwar

Canadians love to laugh at ourselves and Anosh Irani's My Granny the Goldfish, the hilarious, irreverent and warm-hearted comedy set in Vancouver and Bombay about three generations of a family, is a great opportunity to laugh out loud! The play joyfully deals with issues of life and death, racism and intolerance as well as, ultimately, forgiveness and acceptance.

Granny travels from Bombay to visit her beloved 25 year-old grandson Nico who is in hospital in Vancouver. Her "cure alls" are attitudes, platitudes and a full flask of whiskey. Despite Nico's neurotic and hysterical protests, Granny helps him truly heal - ultimately proving that laughter is the best medicine.

"... a perfect cross between a burlesque dancer and a Bengal tiger - my granny."- Nico

"... side-splittingly funny ..."- Vancouver Review

When: Now playing until April 15, 2012
Where: Factory Theatre, Mainspace Theatre

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Desi-licious: 1st Anniversary Celebrations
desi-liciousl March 2012
DESI-LICIOUS: 1st Anniversary Celebrations inside Body English Nightclub!

Brought to you by Fuzion Sounds, Caat Arts, Desi Beatz & Phoenix Productions.

Music by Fuzion Sound's DJ Lune, along side DJ Playea, spinning the best of Bollywood, Bhangra, R&B & Top 40.

Shisha/Hooka provided by: Markaz Shisha Lounge. (Shisha/Hookah reservation is highly recommended!!)

When: Friday, March 23, 2012
Where: Body English Nightclub, Mississauga
Doors Open: 10pm


VIP booth and bottle service are available, but limited. Bottles start at $125 for non-premiums and $160 for premiums.

For more information on bottle services, please call/text or email:
  • Mo Hakim at 416.254.2618 or via EMAIL 
  • DJ Lune at 416.312.6075 or via EMAIL 

Click HERE for more information about the event.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Dil Se :: An Intercollegiate Talent Show
Dil Se
Hosted by the Indian Students' Society at the University of Toronto, Dil Se is a spirited Toronto-wide intercollegiate talent show, and will showcase the best of South Asian music and dance.

We will be featuring artists such as Mandippal Jandu, The Gunsmith and Mohit, and Bina Boo.

Our dance acts include performances by the Indian Cultural Association of York and the Nritya Kala Mandir.

We are also proud to feature some of University of Toronto's very own student bands and artists, so be sure to join us for a celebration of South Asian culture and talent!

You will also be supporting our community outreach initiative, since proceeds will go towards World Literacy Canada, an organization that fights social injustice through literacy.

Where: JJR Macleod Auditorium, 1 Kings College Circle
When: March 23, 2012,
Time: 6pm-9pm
Tickets: $10

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Band Baaja Sanskriti: The Precursor Dinner and Dance Event!
Band Baaja SanskritiJoin Sanskriti Arts for a fun-filled dinner and dance event, as we celebrate our upcoming production, Rhydhun: Band Baaja Sanskriti (to be held in July 2012 - more details coming soon)!
Performances by:
Sanskriti Arts, York Tones Steelpan Band, The Samba Squad, Miss Beauties of Asia 2011,
Fashion show by Silver Tulip Boutique, 2012 NACS winners, the Waterloo-Laurier Dance Team!

Participate in an interactive dance segment with Puja Amin of Sanskriti Arts and Bollycore Inc!
Just looking for a great party? Skip the dinner and show! DJ Sid of Empire Entertainment with Top 40, Bollywood and Bhangra hits and much more!

When: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Where: Speranza Banquet Hall, Brampton
Time: Dinner 6:30pm | Dance 10pm
Tickets: Dinner and Dance $50 | Dance $20

A portion of the proceeds will go to Trillium Health Centre Foundation.

For tickets and more information, please contact Nirmala at 647.200.9279 or via EMAIL.

Click HERE for more information about Sanskriti Arts.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Nissan :: Naya Safar Hua Asaan
Nissan Naya Safar Hua Asaan    
Naya safar hua asaan, with Nissan.

Click HERE for more information.
Naseeb :: Pakistani Wedding Show
Naseeb Wedding Show
Events With Class, Dhaagay Fashion and Decor and Precious Collections by Maira brings you the city's biggest Pakistani Wedding show NASEEB!

This is Naseeb's 3rd year and we keep coming back by popular demand!

The show has everything you need to plan a lavish affair or a quiet destination wedding. Experience the very best bridal fashion show in the city!!

This amazing yearly event provides a wealth of ideas and solutions for all wedding budgets. Scores of vendors show off their products and services.

Exhibitors can assist you with every aspect of your wedding planning. From choosing the rings, flowers, cakes, music, gift registry, reception facilities, formal wear, decorating ideas, invitations, photographers & there is much to see and do! You will want to spend the entire day there.

It's your complete planning & shopping connection!!
  • FREE live entertainment
  • FREE designer fashion shows
  • FREE raffles by many vendors
  • FREE parking
When: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Where: Radisson Plaza Mississauga
Time: 1pm to 10pm

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Art of Living presents :: Dinner & Dance
Art of Living Dinner and Dance
The Art of Living Brampton-Castlemore Chapter presents Dinner & Dance Non-stop Entertainment!
  • Live performance by Pramesh Nandi & Group
  • DJ in the house
  • Yummilicious food
  • Bring your whole family
  • Dress to impress - traditional

Live for today | Plan for tomorrow | Party tonight! 

Where: Nataraj Banquet Hall, 7275 Torbram Road
When: Friday, March 30, 2012
Tickets: Adults $20, Kids (5-15) $15

For tickets call: 416.562.0333 or 647.239.0943.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Check out these great deals at Metro this week!
Metro Weekly Specials
Click HERE to view the flyer for this week.


inDANCE presents the Toronto premiere of Quicksand and Nine
inDANCE - Quicksand and Nine20 of Toronto's sexiest, virtuosic dancers in 1 electrifying evening! 2 original journeys into a vivid labyrinth of 9 intense human encounters in 60 minutes.

1 premise in 2 spectacular dance languages - Post Modern and Classical!

Nine phenomenal contemporary male dancers perform Quicksand, hailed by Michael Crabb of the Toronto Star as "a rambunctiously provocative work, a techno-hip, strutting declaration of freedom from the constraints of tradition and conventional sexuality".

Nine, which depicts Navarasa, the nine archetypal emotions popular in Indian classical dance is performed by nine superb Bharatanatyam dancers.

When: When: April 12 - 14, 2012
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Regular $30−$35 | Senior $25-$28 | Student/Under 25 - $15

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Join us on April 12 for a special MyBindi theatre night and save $10 per ticket. Stay tuned for details!

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Irshad Khan in Concert
inDANCE - Quicksand and Nine
The Music of Irshad Khan World Ensemble

A collaborative crossover from traditional Indian music to contemporary Jazz-Latin, Indo-Blues, to world-beat/fusion.  Sitar virtuoso Irshad Khan celebrates the marriage of traditional Indian instrument Sitar with accompanying musicians John Brownell - Western Drum Set, Dave Ramkissoon - Tabla, Brian Legere - Guitar, Mark West - Keyboards, Dave Field - Double Bass.

The music is based on moods and emotions and is improvised, musical pieces composed by Irshad Khan.
"We will feel the music in a powerful transcendental."

Irshad Khan promises the audience an experience out of the ordinary. "This is not a program of purely classical Indian music.  It's new, unlike anything we have heard before."

When: Friday, April 13, 2012
Where: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $25 and up

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Everything Was Good-bye by Gurjinder Basran
Art of Living Dinner and Dance
Raised by her widowed mother and the youngest of six daughters, Meena is a young Indo-Canadian woman struggling to find her place in the world. As a restless and headstrong teenager, she knows that the freedom experienced by her Canadian peers is beyond her reach. But unlike her older sisters, Meena refuses to accept a life that is defined by an arranged marriage. She befriends a young man named Liam, a social outcast and kindred spirit, who asks her to run away with him. As she weighs her decision carefully, she learns that she is too late, he has already left without a trace. Faced with increasing pressure from her family and her tight-knit community, Meena must confront the expectations placed on her, and with them, all the rippling consequences that follow.

Heartbreaking and beautiful, Everything Was Good-bye is an unforgettable story about family, love, and loss, and the complexities of living in two different cultural worlds.

Meet Gurjinder Basran at the following 2 events:

When: March 27, 2012
Time: 7pm
Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave.
Suzanne Desrochers, author of Bride of New France will also be in attendance.

When: March 28, 2012
Time: 2pm
Where: Gerrard-Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E.

Click HERE for more information.
 Agent Vinod
Agent Vinod


Releasing March 23, 2012 


The story begins with a series of seemingly unconnected events, all over the globe. In Uzbekistan, an ex KGB Officer is tortured and murdered. In Cape Town, a group of international business tycoons discuss a rumor that the dead KGB Officer had a nuclear suitcase bomb hidden away. In Moscow, an Indian secret agent is exposed. The agent is shot dead while trying to send a code red message to India. In India, the head of RAW sees the incomplete message. All it contains is a number 242.


Starring: Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor


Director: Sriram Raghavan   


Click HERE for more information and showtimes.


MyBindi is a proud promotional partner of Albion and Woodside Cinemas - delivering the best of Bollywood Cinema in the GTA!



In This Bulletin
My Granny the Goldfish by Anosh Irani
Desi-licious: 1st Anniversary Celebrations
Dil Se :: An Intercollegiate Talent Show
Band Baaja Sanskriti: The Precursor Dinner and Dance Event!
Nissan :: Naya Safar Hua Asaan
Naseeb :: Pakistani Wedding Show
Art of Living presents :: Dinner & Dance
Check out these great deals at Metro this week!
inDANCE presents the Toronto premiere of Quicksand and Nine
Irshad Khan in Concert
Everything Was Good-bye :: Gurjinder Basran
Agent Vinod :: Releasing March 23, 2012
What's New on MyBindi
GetFilmi seeks to transform the way you watch Bollywood

Agent Vinod: Movie Preview

Canada India Foundation Announces Award Gala :: Deepak Chopra to Receive Award

The Music of Irshad Khan World Ensemble

Job Opportunity - Executive Director

Artist Call for Submission

Madhuri unveils her wax statue in London

Vidya Balan wins national award for 'Dirty Picture' 

inDANCE presents Toronto premiere of Quicksand and Nine

Interview: Alex Sangha's Vision of the Modern Thinker

Everything Was Good-bye by Gurjinder Basran

Indian Students' Society at U of T

Bigelow's Osama film shooting gets hostile ride in Chandigarh

Designers endorse Indian heritage

Travel on highway of love with 'London Paris New York' 

"The Gunsmith & MoHit" band bring a fresh flavour to Hip-Hop

Treehouse Talks: MyBindi CEO on "The Personal Brand" and its importance for entrepreneurs 

MyBindi on CBC Metro Morning 


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Game On
  International All-Star Cricket Match Coming to Toronto!

India's IPL may have been the catalyst, but cricket is now the fastest growing sport in the world. The T20 format has revolutionized the way people see the game. Now is the time for Canada to take its place in the cricket entertainment calendar.

Kat Rose Inc. is pleased to announce that they have been sanctioned by Cricket Canada to host an International T20 Cricket Match in Toronto. The match, scheduled for May 12, 2012 at the Roger's Centre, will feature Canadian and top-tier international cricketers. In addition to world class cricket, this event will include a cultural and entertainment show, featuring world renowned Punjabi artist Imran Khan.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.ca and the prices are as follows: $25, $39, $69, $99, and $199. It has been over 4 years since the last time international cricket was played in Canada, and tickets are expected to sell out fast.

Click HERE to read more.

Mind Mantra 

 Eye Contact 


When you are talking to someone, make direct eye contact.  In the Indian culture, we are discouraged from looking at some one directly, especially older persons. It is perceived as a sign of disrespect.   Even more so, if you are challenging something that is being said.  Think back to when you were a child. At some point, during a reprimand, you would have been told to "look down" or "don't stare at me." Or perhaps, as a parent, you have said that to your child.   


Click  HERE to read more. 

Wellness Works 

  Purpose...Your Final Answer 


This week I've been thinking about Purpose. With a capital P. For many of us, we ponder the big question: 'What is my Purpose in Life?' - For some, they know what that Purpose is - and are fulfilling it by living their passions - be it via employment/career, hobbies and/or choices they make everyday.


However, for many of us - the elusive idea of 'Life Purpose' seems greater than Life itself sometimes! Its almost as if there is this tacit pressure for all of us to 'figure it out' before our time is up... really, its sort of grim when you think about it.

So today I wanted to blog about Purpose - in a more broad and general way. Not in an inspirational 'Find your destiny, Follow you dreams' kind of way - and while that is great and meaningful, I'm talking about good ol' fashioned Purpose.

What do I mean by that? Well, I've learned a lot about Purpose in my sabbatical year in NYC with really 'No Purpose'. Because I cannot work due to Visa restrictions, I've had the luxury (and am forever grateful) to have had a year to do 'whatever I want'. Now that may seem like a dream come true to most of us (and it was in many ways, don't get me wrong), but there is something to be said about Purpose. Sure its great in the beginning - the freedom, the time, the exploration, the adventure - absolutely 100% amazing. However, after a while, what I think all of us crave is that sense of meaning/doing something that matters/Purpose.


Click HERE to read more.

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4 Tips for Gracious Living  


Grace is that subtle, powerful force that compels loving action and compassionate communication.  Last night, I met with a television journalist who asked me for my top tips for successful living.  Before answering, I sampled the wisdom of my colleagues, 4 Yoga Therapists with vision and purpose.

 Here is the short list of what we came up with: 

 1. Before you speak, stop, look and listen. 

 Not every thought you think is true or needs to be spoken out loud.  Listen generously to the other person or situation first - you will have all the cues you need to uplift the situation. 


2. Take one deep conscious breath on the hour every hour. 

This is a ten second meditation.  It is a way to create the practice of being present and aware throughout your entire day.  Best to start this practice now - before you need it, before a criss comes up.  Build the habit into your routine so that you can draw on this strength and power at any point in your day or life.  It is always there for you.



Click HERE  to read more.


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Everything Was Good-bye by Gurjinder Basran

Meena is the youngest of six daughters. Her dad died when she was small, leaving her mom to raise her and her sisters on her own. As a high school student, she begins to relish her independence, but finds it difficult to balance her family's traditional views with her desire to fit in with her peers.

And as she grows up, that duality is only amplified, as she's pressured into an arranged marriage and must again weigh her own feelings against those of others.


Meena is the main character in Gurjinder Basran's premiere novel, Everything Was Good-bye.

While the story is not an autobiography, the author says it's definitely "informed" by her experiences and observations.  


It was when she realized her personal journalling and desire to reconcile her childhood experiences was turning to something quite fictional and different from her own life that she decided to write a novel.

"I really liked it. That was when I knew 'okay, maybe you're a writer...' "

As an Indo-Canadian girl growing up in North Delta, Basran, now a 38-year-old married mother of two boys, remembers being very much a minority in her community. 


Click HERE to read more.

What's in season at Seasons?


What: A sneak peak at Season's 2012 fashion collection  


Why: If you are anything like me, you are always on this website stalking... errr... looking at new trends. Lo and behold some fab new lengah and saree looks have just come in!


Where: Seasons India


Click  HERE to read more.

Savia Music

"The Gunsmith & MoHit" is an up-and-coming South Asian hip-hop band hailing from Toronto who have just released their debut album "Conquest".

"The Gunsmith & MoHit's" mission statement is simple: bring a stirring, fresh, inventive flavour of hip-hop to the People. They have just released their debut album titled "Conquest", which has undoubtedly made their presence felt. The beats are hard-hitting, and the melodies catchy. Their songs fill a void that has existed for far too long in the urban music scene. The dramatic sounds, accompanied by The Gunsmith's highly technical rap vocals, and MoHit's incredible choruses is sure to sweep the masses off their feet.


Click  HERE to read more.

Bollywood Bites
Why Vidya Balan's Kahaani should be a success?

Actress Vidya Balan, who is the current reigning queen of the tinsel town, has proved her calibre with her remarkable show of talent in back to back films. Parineeta, Paa, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture have fetched instant fame to the actress. Vidya's upcoming and much-awaited flick Kahaani is yet again a challenge for her.

1) Bollywood has realised the true meaning of women's power, as females are no more portrayed as weak and submissive in films. Today's women are more realistic, vibrant and unconventional. Similarly, after setting the Box Office on fire with her stupendous performance in The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan is yet again heading towards success with her another female-centric film Kahaani.

Click  HERE to read more.

Geeta Kitchen Newsletter

Recipe Ingredients
  • 16 oz. (450 g) tofu
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) spicy flavoured oil
  • Tofu sauce
  • 1 sprig coriander, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) soya sauce*
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL)peanut oil*
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) rice vinegar

Slice tofu 1 cm ( 1/2 inch)thick, then cut in triangles.

In a frying pan, heat peppery oil, stir-fry tofu 3 minutes until browned.

In a bowl, mix all sauce ingredients; set aside.

Click HERE to read more.