August 2, 2012


Dear Members,  Editorial


 Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.


Tomorrow evening,  see stars Gippy Grewal and Gurpreet Ghuggi LIVE at Albion Cinemas Friday, August 3rd for a special Red Carpet screening of Carry on Jatta!    

Click HERE to see how you can WIN a pair of tickets 

from MyBindi to this special screening!

This Friday, MyBindi will be at the 5th Annual Iftar of Intent which is a fundraising event championed by my dear friend Urz Heer.  Join us for an evening filled with stories, entertainment and dinner as we embark on a journey to help save those on the brink.  Proceeds from this event will go towards relief efforts in Syria 


On August 11, join MyBindi at the India Day Festival and Grand Parade.  This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com and we will be at Yonge/Dundas Square so come by and say hello!

On August 12th, MyBindi brings you the first ever
first ever Toronto Eid Festival  at Woodbine Banquet Hall.
Our sponsor Mina Halal will be providing free Iftar dinner (Biryani and Zarda) for all in attendance.  


Have a great weekend!  Until next time..  





Editor-in-Chief & CEO




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Red Carpet Screening of Carry on Jatta!
Carry On Jatta Special Screening 

See stars Gippy Grewal and Gurpreet Ghuggi LIVE at Albion Cinemas Friday, August 3rd for a special Red Carpet screening of Carry on Jatta!  


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

WIN a pair of tickets to the special screening! Click HERE for details.

When: Friday, August 3, 2012
Where: Albion Cinemas, Toronto
Time: Red Carpet 6:15pm | Screening 7pm
Tickets: $11.95

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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!



Anupam Kher to be Honoured at Miss India-Canada 2012

Anupam Kher at Miss India Canada 2012
Internationally renowned Bollywood actor, Anupam Kher, who is best remembered in movies like: Karma, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla and A Wednesday to name a few, will be the Celebrity Guest of Honour and will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd annual Miss India-Canada Event.

His critical and commercial success in over 100 plays and almost 450 films stand testament to this eternal optimism that gave rise to the drive and passion that catapulted Padma Shri award-winning actor Anupam Kher to the heights of being considered one of the greatest actors of contemporary cinema. Moreover, he holds the distinction of winning no less than 8 Filmfare awards in a row.

This year's show is presented by Big Magic International, a division of Reliance Broadcast Network Limited. Big Magic International is India's first variety entertainment channel for Hindi speaking markets, featuring locally relevant entertainment across humor, reality shows, action, fiction, movies, events and sports. The event is co-presented by Brita.

The 16 finalists will compete for the title on-stage culminating in the CROWNING of MISS INDIA-CANADA 2012.

When: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Time: 5:30pm
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Click HERE to view this year's finalists.

Tickets are now available! Click HERE for more information, call 905-851-0990 or EMAIL.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Indo-Pak Friendship Show
Indo Pak Friendship Show
Phoneix Productions Inc. and Heartbeat Entertainment proudly present Indo-Pak Friendship Show in association with Nasir Shah and Desi Beatz!

The most enchanting show of the year will sweep you of your feet and leave you wanting more...with the most talented, and heartthrobs of millions, who has raised a storm in Bollywood -  


ALI ZAFAR: Bollywood's youngest sensation, a filmfare award winner, oscar winner, and AR Rahman's lead vocalist.


SHWETA PANDIT: India's very own prodigy - the singer with a million dollar smile and golden voice. Mohabbatein, Partner, Welcome, and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna have some of her greatest his songs.


The event will also feature beauty queen, social activist and Bollywood's very own goodwill ambassador: DIA MIRZA.


Performances by: Shiamak Davar Dance Group

Music By: DJ Kamran


When: Friday, August 24, 2012
Where: Hershey Centre, Mississauga
Time: 8pm - 11pm

Tickets: Starting at $45


Click HERE to purchase tickets.


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.
Iftaar of Intent-V Fundraising Dinner for Syria
Iftaar of Intent

This is a special year for The Care Factor (TCF)! It's the 5th Iftaar of Intent and this year the fundraiser will be a cause which was voted on.


The choices for voting were: build water wells in Africa, build a school in Afghanistan for girls, Village of Irim in Burkina Faso, local foodbanks, and Syria.


You voted for Syria (and that is indeed a great cause for this year!). Net proceeds will go towards Syria through Islamic Relief Canada. 


When: Friday, August 3, 2012
Where: Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga
Time: 7:30pm onwards

Tickets: $55 at the door


TCF looks forward to making a difference in someone's life with your support.  


Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.


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

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Sri Lankans Without Borders presents :: FOTOtalk

Experience that talent and passion of photographers at FOTOtalk, an evening of photography, diaspora talent and discussion.


The night features three engaging segments showcasing the abilities of hobbyist and professional photographers and the beauty of Sri Lanka.


Our first segment will feature international award winning photographer Andrew Adams as he shares his technique and his own moments in Sri Lanka.


Then enjoy an interactive session where members of the diaspora share their own photos and experiences hosted by Len Theivendra.


Finally Shivaan de Silva will present a Photography 101 session complete with a live shooting demo and creative advice for photographers of all levels of interest and experience.


Sri Lankan hors d'oeuvres and Starbucks will be served.

When: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Where: ING Direct Café, Toronto
Time: 6:30pm

Admission: $10


Click HERE for more event details.


Click HERE for more information on Sri Lankans Without Borders (SLWB).


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
CASSA presents :: Toronto Mela 2012
CASSA Toronto Mela

Toronto Mela is held for the first time to celebrate the culture and heritage and the contribution of the South Asian community in the Canadian society. Toronto Mela is a community and family-oriented event that it received its funds from the city of Toronto to rejoice and learn the South Asian traditions.



  • 1000 Gifts
  • Raffle Draw
  • South Asian Food
  • Fun and Games
  • Art and Drama
  • Music and Dance
  • Henna Art
  • South Asian Jewellery
  • Clothes
When: Saturday, August 25, 2012

Where: Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough 

Time: 12 noon to 9pm

Click HERE for more information.


The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) since 1991 has focused on social justice issues revolving around South Asian Communities dealing with anti-oppression, anti-racism, and anti-homophobia among others. With respect to the Toronto Mela, CASSA has stepped forward to embrace and celebrate South Asian cultural heritage through showcasing performances from different South Asian cultures.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Multicultural Mosaic Festival
Multicultural Mosaic Festival
Celebrate culture in the GTA!

Come out to the Multicultural Mosaic Festival for a fun-filled, entertaining day! This is a FREE event so bring all your family and friends.

When: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Where: Streetsville Memorial Park, Mississauga
Time: 11am - 6pm

Click HERE to view the event flyer.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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In This Bulletin
Red Carpet Screening of Carry on Jatta!
Anupam Kher to be Honoured at Miss India-Canada 2012
Article Headline
Bageshree Vaze :: CD Release Concert and Party
8th Annual Panorama India Day Parade and Festival
Toronto Eid Festival
No Frills presents Mosaic Fest 2012
Sri Lankans Without Borders presents :: FOTOtalk
CASSA presents :: Toronto Mela 2012
Multicultural Mosaic Festival
Share your shopping habits and earn great rewards
Featured Article
What's New on MyBindi
The First Annual Toronto Eid Festival

Thousands Attend FREE Bollywood Monster Mash-Up Concert!

Jism 2: Movie Preview

Shiamak's Summer Funk Show Takes Toronto by Storm

 Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)

Anupam Kher to be Honoured at Miss India-Canada 2012

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

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

 Global Bollywood CD Release Concert

Introducing Jaan :: A Delectable Paan-flavoured Liqueur!

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

Onsite OCAD U Opening features Artist Gary Taxali

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Interview: Thirst by Shree Ghatage

IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation)

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

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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    

I Gol U - the power of your vision and goals


Everything I have ever accomplished was because I had a dream and a plan. What about you? What are your dreams and visions? Would you like some help in getting the process started?


I am running a Goal Coaching program via Skype. You will receive 4 complimentary sessions to awaken and transform your visions into reality. Its powerful and its available starting in August. Send me an email now and let's get going. Feel free to share this invitation with friends and family.  This program works well for small groups - like your work group, team or family.  Or if you want to take it to a whole new level - ask me about creating a one on one program.


I Gol U is a dynamic personal development program.   Level One of the Communication Series is designed to empower you in creating your unique legacy in the world. Supplemental videos, development homework, buddy relationships and guided sessions will give you  the tools to create choice in communication, support your  legacy through vision and goal setting, and to recognize the power and accountability of the spoken word. Level One consists of four sessions: Personal Legacy; Reflection; Vision and Goals; and The Power of "I Am."


Click HERE to read more.


Word Sy
 The Invitation

A moving story that redefines the meaning of family, friendship, and success among a group of first-generation Indian immigrants.
When Vikram invites three of his college friends to his son's graduation from MIT, they accept out of obligation and curiosity, viewing the party as a twenty-fifth reunion of sorts. Village genius Vikram, now the founder of a lucrative computer company, is having the party against his son's wishes. Frances and Jay regret accepting: Frances, a real estate agent, hasn't sold a house in a year; Jay's middle management job isn't brag worthy; and their daughter is failing the eleventh grade. Lali plans to hide the fact that her once-happy marriage is crumbling because her American husband is discovering his Jewish roots. Each had left UCLA expecting to be successful and have even more successful children. At Vikram's Newport Beach mansion, the showmanship they anticipate dissolves as each is forced to deal with his or her own problems. The follow-up to A Good Indian Wife, Anne Cherian's novel resonates with the poignancy of real life colliding with expectations unmet.


Click HERE to read more.

Savia Music
Thousands Attend FREE Bollywood Monster Mash-Up Concert!

Successful 2nd Annual Concert featuring over 80 performers produced by Vikas Kohli.

Preliminary estimates are that 15,000 people danced into a frenzy at the 2nd annual Bollywood Monster Mash-Up evening concert this past Saturday, July 28th at Mississauga Celebration Square.

"I can't believe the number of messages we're getting over email, Twitter and Facebook from people telling us how much fun they had. The best part is that we're getting thanked for throwing a huge party that ended with a Bollywood mosh-pit!" says music composer and show producer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs; adding, "We got away with creating some crazy and indulgent interpretations of Bollywood and we're stoked that the audience loved dancing and singing along to every minute of it. I owe a lot of thanks to the unbelievably talented performers, the doggedly hard working team, our sponsors and community partners."

Over 80 singers, musicians and dancers performed for a non-stop 4 hour stretch which included original Canadian arrangements, compositions, and choreography.


Click  HERE to read more.

Bollywood Bites
Jism 2: Movie Preview

Jism 2, starring Sunny Leone, Arunoday Singh, and Randeep Hooda, is releasing Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at Albion Cinemas

Jism 2 is an erotic thriller film directed by Pooja Bhatt. It is the sequel to the 2003 film Jism and marks the debut of Indo-Canadian pornographic actress Sunny Leone in Bollywood. Jism 2 was launched on 1 December 2011, on popular Indian television show Bigg Boss, making the launch a first time ever in the history of Indian Cinema. Mahesh Bhatt compared Jism 2 to Italian romance drama Last Tango In Paris.


A porn star (Sunny Leone) is hired by a dashing intelligence officer (Arunoday Singh) to become a 'Honey-trap' for a dreaded assassin (Randeep Hooda). In doing so, she not only has to confront her bitter-sweet past, but is also forced to make an impossible choice - one that will put her own life in double jeopardy.


Click  HERE to read more.

Geeta Kitchen Newsletter
 Drunken Gulab Jamun made with Paan Liqueur

Jaan Liqueur is an authentic treat made in Canada from neutral grain spirits, Canadian maple syrup, and a singular blend of herbs and spices. This award-winning liqueur has a luminescent amber/gold hue, a satiny textured body and is a semisweet bouquet of cloves, menthol and flora.  The palate is a spicy affair - a secret proprietary blend with notes of cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.


"Jaan" is a Hindi/Urdu word loosely translated as "life" or "love." Offering paan is a symbol of respect, friendship and hospitality.  Similarly, offering Jaan is symbolic of respect, friendship, and hospitality - a gesture that comes from the heart, with love.  When you drink Jaan, it fills you with life!  Hence the tag line, "Drink Jaan.  Love Life."


Looking to impress your family and friends with something different, tasty and unique?  Try Drunken Gulab Jamun - so easy to make, yet so delicious!

Click HERE to read more.
Ottawa's First Festival of India: a Cornucopia of Delights for all the Senses
Festival of India - Ottawa
Ottawa's first ever Festival of India brings Indian culture to the city with a two-and-a-half day festival this August 10-12.

The Festival will offer a cultural experience like no other. Amongst the Festival's first is Ottawa's first outdoor Holi celebrations, to be held on Saturday and Sunday (Aug 11/12). The two and a half day interactive event offers something for everyone. With a focus on family-friendly activities, Festival of India features classical and Bollywood music and dance, yoga workshops, cricket, henna, a traditional wedding, face painting, kite flying and a great selection of food.


A lot of talent will be showcased during the event, right down to the hosts. Emcee Supriya Sharma will open the event on Friday Night that will feature the Chenda Melam drummers. This is the first time they've played in Canada. Saturday night's Emcee, is YouTube phenomenon Wilbur Sargunaraj. He'll do double duty, hosting and performing. And on Sunday night, Alan Neal, Host of CBC's All in a Day (Ottawa's favourite drive home show) will Emcee.


The entertainment line-up offers something for everyone. Canada's own Celtic Bhangra band, Delhi 2 Dublin will bring its unique fusion music to the stage on Friday night, as will Shashank-Purbayan, a flute and sitar duet with jazz and classical influences. Classical and folk Favourite Mushfiq ensemble will take the stage on Saturday night, offering music and poetry in 12 languages, and Bollywood Flashback with live music by Chennai Rythms, will bring the joy of Bollywood dance and entertainment to the main stage.


If you're looking for interactive entertainment, there's a cricket workshop and game. Several other workshops including, yoga, ayurveda, tabla and harmonium, offer a chance to dig into the culture of India. And of course there will be a handicrafts market and a special selection of 24 exciting dishes in the food court.  


Click HERE to read more.