July 26, 2012


Dear Members,  Editorial


  Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.


If you're wondering why you're seeing this newsletter at 9 pm on Thursday (or possibly early on Friday morning) it's because the days just seem to be running away from me!  


Summer is the busiest time for MyBindi.  Take for example this weekend alone.  This Saturday, we're rooting for the Bollywood Monster Mash-Up, a FREE concert that returns to Mississauga's Celebration Square with over 80 singers, dancers and musicians.


Meanwhile, on the other end of the Greater Toronto Area, Saturday is all about the Mayor's Cricket Festival in Ajax!


With August just around the corner, things are already heating up in the Capital City as Ottawa celebrates the 4th Annual South Asian Fest.


Closer to home, we're gearing up for India Day Celebrations on August 11 which will include the India Day Parade followed by celebrations at Yonge-Dundas Square


On August 12th, MyBindi brings you the first ever first ever Toronto Eid Festival  at Woodbine Banquet Hall. Not only is the festival offering FREE admission but there will also be FREE Iftar for all in attendance!


While you mark your calendars with these dates, remember the auditions for Nachenge Saari Raat are this Sunday!!  If you qualify, you can be perform at the NSR stage at MOSAIC Festival.  See details below.


Most of my time these days is taken by the planning of the Toronto Eid Festival.  I will send out a special bulletin on that perhaps tomorrow. 

Now, I better run and get some groceries.  After all, I need to send over my scanned report to Neilsen.  Yup, I'm still shopping, scanning and earning rewards!  All, in a day's work! ;) 


Have a great weekend!  Until next time..  





Editor-in-Chief & CEO




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Bollywood Monster Mash-Up!
Bollywood Monster Mash-up

The Bollywood Monster Mash-Up FREE Concert is coming back to Mississauga Celebration Square.

With over 80 singers, dancers and musicians, this year includes:
  • Indian Idol and Bollywood Film playback singer from "The Bodyguard" Rajdeep Chatterjee in his first ever performance in Canada
  • Exclusive performance of the 60-member Bollywood Monster Choir with a live band and featuring the Mississauga Choral Society, MoHit, Ferzana and cameo by Prita Chhabra
  • The spectacular Divine Heritage Artistry Bollywood dance troupe
  • JUNO-nominated Autorickshaw cranking out the Bollywood funk
You'll hear brilliant musicians and amazing dancers perform your favourite songs from the early era of Indian Cinema to the modern hits of Bollywood. "With choral spectacles, funk classics, and an international headliner, this is a show that has never been done before," says music composer and producer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs.

When: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square (across from Square One)
Time: 6:30pm


FREE Parking in the City Centre (City Hall, Library) & Living Arts Centre.

Click HERE for more information or find Bollywood Monster Mash-up on Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
 2nd Annual Ajax Mayor's Cricket Festival
Ajax Mayor's Cricket Festival


Corporate Canada Cricket Club and the presenting partner, CIBC, are hosting the 2nd Ajax Mayors' Cricket Festival with the theme of "CRICKET WITH A CAUSE (TM) - An Active and Healthy Lifestyle and Multiculturalism" in partnership with Heart & Stroke Foundation and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.


This Community Cricket Festival provides a unique opportunity to the charity partners to showcase their programs & services to the communities in the Durham Region, in general, and Ajax, in particular and encourage youth and adults to adopt sports (cricket) as a vehicle for an active and healthy lifestyle and showcase their batting, bowling, wicket keeping, and fielding skills on the field.


There will be FREE face painting and henna/mehndi from 11am to 2pm.


The Chief Guest will be Honourable Mayor Steve Parish at 12pm, and the Guest of Honour will be MPP Pickering-Ajax Joe Dickson at 7pm.

When: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Where: Ajax Cricket Club, Ajax

Time: 8am - 8pm


This is a FREE event!  


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
4th Annual South Asian Fest Ottawa
Ottawa South Asian Fest
The Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) is proud to bring you the 4th Annual South Asian Festival. Confederation Park will be alive with non-stop cultural performances, authentic cuisine, and traditional artifacts showcasing the rich and diverse mosaic of South Asia.

Taking place August 10th & 11th, the South Asian Festival is a two-day event showcasing arts, culture, food and music of the various countries of South Asian.

Bhangra Night in Canada
Dinner and dance cruise on the Ottawa River featuring DJ Jiten!

When: Friday, August 10, 2012
Where: Gatineau, Quebec
Time: 7pm

Featuring live performances by Jus Reign & Raghav!
It is a FREE event with non-stop entertainment and excitement for the whole family.

When: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Where: Confederation Park, ottawa
Time: 11am to 9pm

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com. 
8th Annual Panorama India Day Parade and Festival
Panorama India Day Festival
Over the years, Panorama's India Day festival and parade has become a much anticipated event for the Indian diaspora. The attendance at the event continues to grow each year with last year setting a record with over 25,000 people attending and participating in the event.

This year the parade will feature decorated hand-pulled Rickshaws depicting the sounds, colour and vibrancy of India. Gone are the trucks in an effort to reduce pollution and go Green!

The day long event is organized by Panorama India, a non-profit umbrella organization which unites all cultural organizations and celebrates India's 'Unity in Diversity'.

It promises a day packed with patriotic programs, sensational performances, and tantalizing Indian food.

When: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Where: Yonge and Dundas Square

Click HERE to check out the program lineup.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Bageshree Vaze :: CD Release Concert and Party
Bageshree Vaze CD Release Concert

Traditional and modern, North Indian and Bollywood music styles, will meet in a CD release concert by Toronto singer and choreographer Bageshree Vaze. She will perform songs from her new CD Ragas and Rhythms, and an exciting new live show of Indian film hits from the 1950s until now, Global Bollywood.


Accompanying her will be tabla virtuoso Vineet Vyas, bassist Chris Gartner, guitarist Kevin Laliberte, saxophonist Sundar Vishwanathan, and violinist Jaron Freeman-Fox.

The 'Global Bollywood' segment of the show will feature songs from celebrated music directors such as A. R. Rahman, Shankar Jaikishan, R.D. Burman, Biddu, Bappi Lahiri and Shankar Ehsaan.


When: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Where: Hugh's Room, Toronto

Time: 8:30pm


Click  HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
No Frills presents Mosaic Fest 2012
Mosaic 2012
Presented by No Frills this annual tradition of Mississauga is now a signature event for the South Asian Community of the GTA and surrounding cities. Produced by a volunteer based not-for-profit organization, Canadian Community Arts Initiative, Mosaic Festival has now become the largest such festival in North America.

This year the Mosaic Festival is packed with all kinds of artistic activities as it moves to become a four-day long event. Highlights include Film Fest, Rock The Coliseum Music Fest, Fashion Show by INDIVA, Aazadi Mushaira, Food Court & Vendor Bazaar and more!!

Mosaic Festival attracted over 60,000 visitors last year including an increasing number from across the border.

When: August 16 - 19, 2012
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square

Click  HERE to the view the festival programme.

Click  HERE for more information

Mosaic festival 2012 brings back the one-of-a-kind dance competition titled ... NACHANGE SAARI RAAT! This is an opportunity for dancers from different calibers to showcase their talent.

Come out and compete in either one of our three categories:
  • Solo
  • Duet
  • Group (4-9 individuals)
Auditions for the competition will be held on July 29, 12pm onwards at Central Public School located at 24 Alexander St., Brampton, ON, L6V 1H6.

The final competition is on August 18 at Mosaic main stage.

If you have any questions or comments please EMAIL us.

Please click HERE to fill out the form.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Toronto Eid Festival
Toronto Eid FestivalThe first annual Toronto Eid Festival will have over 75 booths to serve your shopping needs including, clothes, jewelry, home decor, bangles, henna, printing, gift wrapping, cakes, rugs, shoes, make up and more.

The festival will have indoor food court with multiple vendors and FREE Iftar!

The Festival will have children's entertainment area, food court, prayer area, charity area and shopping area.

The festival will also have a Muslim convention which aims to educate the North American Muslims. The conference would promote the understanding of Islam through the Divine Revelations and the Prophetic Traditions.

Come celebrate Ramadan with us!


When: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Where: Woodbine Banquet and Convention Centre, Toronto
Time: 12pm to 10pm

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Bollywood Movies of the Month Magazine
Bollywood Movies of the Month Magazine
 Carry on Jatta
Carry on Jatta

Releasing Friday, July 27 at Albion and Woodside Cinemas

Carry On Jatta is a romantic comedy about marriage confusion. A man attempts to find true love, but ends up in very complicated relationships. It will be a crucial film for Gippy Grewal. After being criticised for acting in MIRZA, Grewal will be attempting to woo back the audience in the comedy genre.  


Starring: Gippy Grewal and Mahie Gill
Director: Sameep Kang

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
Bollywood Monster Mash-up
2nd Annual Ajax Mayor's Cricket Festival
4th Annual South Asian Fest Ottawa
8th Annual Panorama India Day Parade and Festival
Bageshree Vaze :: CD Release Concert and Party
No Frills presents Mosaic Fest 2012
Share your shopping habits and earn great rewards
Toronto Eid Festival
Bollywood Movies of the Month Magazine
Carry on Jatta :: Releasing Friday, July 27
What's New on MyBindi
Anupam Kher to be Honoured at Miss India-Canada 2012

Mosaic Festival 2012 is Bigger and Better in its 7th Year

Spotlight: Divine Heritage Artistry & Autorickshaw

Ottawa's First Festival of India: a Cornucopia of Delights for all the Senses

Indo-Canadians Promote Organ Donation

Indian Touch to Olympic Arts in London

Bollywood Celeb becomes first Indian to pose nude for Playboy

FREE Bollywood Monster Mash-Up Concert Returns to GTA

Spotlight: Bollywood singer Rajdeep Chatterjee & Local Singing Contest

Spotlight: Bollywood Monster Choir

Global Bollywood CD Release Concert

Introducing Jaan :: A Delectable Paan-flavoured Liqueur!

Bollywood Superstar of Romance Rajesh Khanna Dies at Age 69

Gujarat Goes Hip-Hop with 'Guju Bhai'

Canadian Travel Blog about India makes the list of the Top 50 Indian blogs

Onsite OCAD U Opening features Artist Gary Taxali

Share your shopping habits and earn great rewards!

Interview: Thirst by Shree Ghatage

"Protect Your Love" - ASAAP

Indore girl wins Miss Asia Pacific 2012

Interview with Trishna star Riz Ahmed

IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation)

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

MyBindi on CBC Metro Morning 


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What's New on BindiBlogs

Game On! Indian Touch to Olympic Arts in London


A handful of illustrious Indians have lent their creative touch to give the London Olympics some Indian touches.   


When the 2012 Olympics unveils July 27, a reality that will transcend the historic fortnight is a creation of art with an Indian touch. Iconic sculptor Anish Kapoor, the India-born winner of the Turner Prize, has given Britain its Olympic mascot - the ArcelorMittal Orbit - the country's biggest public art installation.


The giant Orbit is a 115-metre high steel observation tower at Olympic Park in Stratford in London that is likely to help in the post-Olympic regeneration of the area. Kapoor designed the Orbit with Cecil Balmond with steel donated by India-born steel tycoon Laskhmi Mittal, who remains the richest man in Britain with an estimated fortune of 112.7 billion pounds as in April 2012, according to British estimates.


Recalling the project, Mittal says he "never expected" it would turn out this big. He said it was not just the supply of thousands of tonnes of steel but in reality ArcelorMittal "has given much more than steel".


Click HERE to read more. 


Wellness Works 

 Pancakes That are Healthy! 

Hi folks! I wanted to blog this week about my absolute favourite Sunday morning recipe - Protein pancakes! I have written this recipe years ago here on Wellness Works! but I wanted to give you all a reminder of how quick, easy and absolutely delicious this recipe is! 


Its as simple as:

  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal (quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup Cottage cheese (1%)
  • 1/2 cup Egg whites
  • 1 pack of Splenda or 1-2 tsp organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground Flaxseed (optional for more Omega punch!)
Mix ingredients together and blend. I use the Magic bullet - its the perfect size and does the job with just 10 seconds of blending. Voila - you have your batter!


Click HERE to read more.

My Body My Temple    

Being Elmo


 Really?  Muppets?

Doesn't quite go with your high tech Yogi image says a friend of mine.

I think that's the most wonderful part.

I grew up on Sesame Street, Captain Kangaroo and the Great Space Coaster.  These shows were formative - I learned about the world, languages and different people from these colorful characters.  Ernie and Bert were my first gay role models.

I came to see puppets as truth tellers and bearers of innocence.  I love puppets of all kinds.  My fascination didn't end in childhood.  Movies like Labyrinth,  Never Ending Story are still my all time favorites.

Perusing NetFlix this past weekend  I came across a treasure. Being Elmo is the story of Kevin Clash, the brilliant puppeteer behind our all time favorite Muppet - Elmo.  I watched his story unfold with wonder. The documentary tracks Kevin from his early fascination with puppets to his work with Jim Henson, the genius behind Sesame Street and the Muppet Show.


Click HERE to read more.


Word Sy
I look at India through a woman's eyes: Diplomat-author Vikas Swarup

Diplomat Vikas Swarup, the celebrity author of the novel "Q & A" adapted into the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire" has stepped into a woman's shoes to explore the changing face of 21st century middle-class India in his new book.

His new novel, "The 7 Tests Of Sapna Sinha" is a dramatic narrative about an ordinary middle-class working woman in New Delhi who is offered to run a company by an eccentric billionaire; provided she passes a series of seven tests.


The novel, to be published by Simon & Schuster later this year, is similar to the "frame of 'Q&A' told in a voice of a woman from the female perspective", Swarup told IANS in an interview.

The book is set in the west Delhi neighbourhood of Rohini.


Click HERE to read more.

Savia Music
Win a Chance to Sing with Indian Idol Rajdeep Chatterjee!

Among the over 80 performers at the  FREE Bollywood Monster Mash-Up concert in Mississauga on Saturday, July 28th at Mississauga Celebration Square, will be an exclusive performance by Bollywood singer and Indian Idol star Rajdeep Chatterjee in his first ever Canadian appearance; And fans can win the chance to sing on stage with this rising Bollywood star.


Rajdeep Chatterjee

With over 450 shows all over the world, including Japan, Africa, USA and at the recent Commonwealth Games, this will be the first Canadian appearance for rising star Rajdeep Chatterjee. He will be performing exclusively for Bollywood Monster Mash-Up as part of the Bollywood In Our Backyard series accompanies by a live band.

He has sung the title track and hit song "Aao Ji Bao Ji" from Bollywood blockbuster film Bodyguard starring Salman Khan and has recently recorded a song with Oscar, Grammy and Filmfare award-winning composer AR Rahman.


Click  HERE to read more.

Bollywood Bites
Bollywood star becomes first Indian to pose nude for Playboy

A Bollywood starlet has become the first Indian woman to pose nude for Playboy, sparking a wave of criticism in her home country where the magazine is banned.

Sherlyn Chopra, 28, will appear in the November issue.


However, a series of teasing interviews has provoked a round of condemnation from women's rights activists who accuse her of undermining the fight against sexual harassment and abuse.

Miss Chopra herself has admitted that she has not yet told her mother about the Playboy shoot.


"It is not an easy task to be nude in front of the camera and look good at the same time," said Miss Chopra in an interview with the BBC's Hindi service.


She added that she had written to Playboy asking to model and received a response within days.

"I have become the first Indian to pose naked for Playboy and nobody can take away that achievement from me," she said.


"My sister is proud of my achievement. I haven't told anything to my mother, but I think I will visit her and tell her that she has to accept me the way I am." Critics have complained that the magazine has billed her as a Bollywood legend, despite only appearing in a handful of films and being best known for Bigg Boss, India's answer to Big Brother.

Click HERE to read more.

Geeta Kitchen Newsletter
 Grilled Jaan Chicken

Impress your family, friends and your Jaan (aka your Love) by showing how much love was put into making this, simple yet delicious chicken.  This chicken not only rocks, but it will make you a Rock Star!


  • 6-8 pieces of boneless chicken thigh
  • Fresh garlic clove
  • Fresh red Thai chilli peppers
  • Jaan Paan Liqueur
  • Fresh arugula (optional)


  • 2 finely chopped red Thai chillies
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • ¼ cup of Jaan Paan Liqueur


  • Place 6-8 pieces of boneless chicken thighs in large zip-loc bag
  • Pour marinate into bag and mix well
  • Seal bag and place in fridge overnight
  • On medium heat, grill chicken and baste with any leftover marinate (approximately 10-15 minutes)

Serve on a plate over arugula. Delicious for all ages, and remember: Sharing is Caring!


Click HERE to read more.