September 6, 2012


Dear Members,  Editorial


 Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.

Congratulations to MyBindi fans Leelia Pekarshy and Ayesha Talreja for winning a pair of tickets each to Bindaas - An evening celebrating Israeli and Indian music culture featuring Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Gypsys


Tonight, I start TIFF '12 with the screening of The Ship of Theseus!  I've got most of the South Asian Selections at TIFF covered and MyBindi's resident TIFF columnist Preeti Thandi will be providing exclusive TIFF reviews over the next few days.  So stay tuned.


This Saturday night, you can meet and mingle with the cast and crew of many of the South Asian films at TIFF at Amara & Gaurav's TIFF 2012 | Mumbai Madness at Hard Rock Cafe!  Tickets are available online at MyBindi.comClick HERE to purchase yours!  


Thank you for the fantastic response to our line-up for the 10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night.   


You can either purchase your tickets HERE or get a pair of tickets for FREE courtesy of Chevrolet, the presenting sponsor of the MyBindi Comedy Night.  


Click HERE for details on how to get FREE passes to the MyBindi Comedy Night.  


Ticket Sales are also online for An evening with Shreya Ghoshal performing live in Toronto on September 16 at the Hershey Centre.  Click HERE to purchase your tickets. 


We'll be doing some amazing promotions and giveaways all through September so if you're not already a fan - join the MyBindi Facebook Fan Page and Follow us on Twitter and you'll never miss out on the rewards we save just for our fans!!





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TIFF 2012 | Mumbai Madness at Hard Rock Cafe 
TIFF Mumbai Madness

From the dynamic duo that brought you TIFF parties for South Asian movies since 2009...


After the success of "ROAD, MOVIE" party in 2009 | "THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS" party in 2010 | "MAUSAM" party in 2011...


AMAR & GAURAV present TIFF 2012 Bollywood movies world premiere party:



Movie premiere party for: Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 & 2) | Peddlers | Shahid


We welcome you to the Red Carpet post movie screening soiree for renowned movies at the Toronto International Film Festival inside the heart of Toronto. Come out for an exclusive meet and greet with cast of the most talked about South Asian movies at TIFF 2012.


Music provided by: DJ ALFA playing the best in Bollywood | Hindi remixes | Bhangra | Top 40


When: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto
Doors Open: 10pm
Dress Code: Red Carpet ready

Tickets: $20


Click HERE to purchase tickets.


For more information, click HERE or contact:

  • Gaurav via EMAIL or at 416.899.8860
  • Amar via EMAIL or at 416.414.2141
This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
10th Annual Kismet Wedding Show and Magazine 
10th Annual Kismet Wedding Show and Magazine
Don't miss the 10th Annual Kismet Wedding Show and Magazine!

  • Over 150 of the top wedding vendors
  • The Kismet Fashion Zone and Show, featuring Toronto's top 10 fashion consultants from across the city.
  • $25,000 dream wedding giveaway courtesy of Grand Empire Banquet and Convention Centre
  • Enter to WIN an All-inclusive 7 Night vacation at the 5-Star RIU Yucatan in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, courtesy of Riu Group, Signature Vacations and Centre Holidays
  • 2 pairs of engagement band giveaways courtesy of Kumar Diamonds
  • First 200 brides will receive 200 gift bags courtesy of Vasanti Cosmetics and Pari Beauty
  • Hair and makeup courtesy of LeSonne Bridals
Direct from the runways of Mumbai and fresh off Lakme Fashion Week, we are pleased to present the latest collection of International Designer Archana Kochhar. Be inspired by the latest trends in international fashion.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Where: International Centre, Mississauga
Time: 11am - 7pm / Fashion Show: 1.30pm and 4.30pm

For complimentary tickets to the show please EMAIL us.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
Shreya Ghoshal LIVE in Concert!
Shreya Goshal in Concert
Eglinton Carpet and National Institute present Shreya Ghoshal LIVE in Concert

Witness Shreya Ghoshal, one of Bollywood's premier playback singers, perform live at the Hershey Centre.


Enjoy an evening of tapping your foot to Ghoshal's hit tracks including "Ooh la la", "Chikni Chameli", "Teri Meri", "Teri Ore", "Dola re Dola" and more!!


Ghoshal's mastery of several regional languages like Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu in addition to her native Hindi, marks her as a truly special talent in the Indian recording industry.


When: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Where: Hershey Centre, Mississauga
Time: 7pm

Tickets: $37, $47, $57, $67 & VIP


Click  HERE to purchase tickets.


Click HERE to view the event flyer.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2012
Kathak Mahotsav

Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2012, now in its fifth year, is a festival of Kathak dance that is modelled after the springtime Durbars of the Moghul courts.


It is a gathering of Canadian Kathak artists in celebration of the art of Kathak, showcasing the adaptability and relevance of classical Kathak styles, adapting its temple origins to the present.


This year's programme features four concerts with different artists performing each night. The acts include duets and solos by Hemant and Vaishali Panwar, Sudeshna Maulik and Anjali Patil, Parul Gupta, Reshmi Chetram, and a special guest from India, Sayanee Chavda.


When: September 20 to 23, 2012
Where: Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Time: 8pm (Sunday's show begins at 4pm)

Tickets: Adult $30.50 | Senior/Student $25 | Pack of 4 Adults $108


Click HERE to purchase tickets.


Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


16th Annual Suhaag Show
Suhaag Show Fall 2012

Zee Cinema presents,

in association with Clorox:


The Wedding, Fashion and Lifestyle Event of the Year!


SUHAAG FALL 2012 promises to be your complete source for your next special event.


The industry's leading vendors will be available to help make your event a memorable one.


Be amazed by Toronto's top fashion boutiques in two grand fashion shows taking place at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.


And if you haven't already picked one up, the 13th edition of SUHAAG Magazine will be available-over 410 pages of Fashion, Glamour and Style.


Let your family and friends know about this fabulous event!


Great door prizes, delicious food and much more ... Stay tuned for more exciting news about North America's largest indoor show of its kind.


When: Sunday, September 30, 2012 

Where: Toronto Congress Centre 
Time: 11am to 7pm



Click HERE for more information.


See you at SUHAAG!
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10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night!
10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night

The legendary MyBindi Comedy Night returns with a bang to celebrate its tenth anniversary with two back-to-back shows at Projection Booth in Toronto.

Be prepared to laugh until you cry or...even drop, as our all-star lineup of standup comedians enthrall you with South Asian stereotypes, proverbs, accents, anecdotes and more!!

Showcasing both Canadian and international talent, the impressive line-up includes five funny and edgy comedians: Suneet Luthra, Aastha Lal, Crystal Ferrier, host Dave Merheje and headliner Vidur Kapur, one of the original "Gurus of Comedy".

Don't miss this 'side-splitting' evening and a chance to take home hilarious memories that will last you a lifetime. MyBindi Comedy Night is always a sold-out event so get your tickets ASAP!

When: Friday, September 21, 2012
Where: Projection Booth, Toronto
First Show: 7pm to 9pm (Doors Open at 6pm)
Second Show: 10pm to Midnight (Doors Open at 9:30pm)   
Tickets: $25 pp | $90 Group Pass (4 tickets)

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.
Newmarket's Caribbean & South Asian Showcase
Newmarket Caribbean and South Asian Showcase

This event builds upon the past two years of the Newmarket Area South Asian Showcase.The public is encouraged to enjoy the rich artistry, music, fashion and food of the Caribbean and the South Asian cultures.  


The purpose of the showcase is to increase the social, cultural and recreational programming available to newcomers in northern York Region and South Simcoe.


The distinguished panel of guests will include local politicians and dignitaries, and community leaders. The event emcee will be Angelie Sood of Asian Television Network assisted by Naeem Bacchus. The line-up features a variety of live South Asian performances along with world famous Hummingbird Tassa Band, D'Jango on the steel pans, Mon-T-Hama and George St. Kitts, all accomplished artists from the Caribbean.


When: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Where: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons

Time: 12 noon to 7pm



Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
3rd Annual Brampton Mayor's Cricket Festival
Brampton Mayor's Cricket Festival
Corporate Canada Cricket Club and the presenting partner CIBC are hosting the 3rd Brampton Mayor's Cricket Festival with the theme of "CRICKET WITH A CAUSE - An Active and Healthy Lifestyle and Multiculturalism".

The festival highlights include:
  • Cricket matches among BMO, CIBC, UAE Exchange, Asapient-Thunderbolts, Mississauga Dynamite, and Mississauga Warriors
  • Cricket Coaching
  • Lively cultural performances by Dhol Circle, Band Bajha Entertainment, Infusion Dance, Neeti Dream n Dance, Safari Sounds etc. from 12 PM to 4 PM
  • Henna/Mehndi
  • Face Painting
  • Kids Zone with bouncy castle, popcorn, cotton candy, & balloons
  • Maestro Ustaad Irshad Khan on Indian musical instrument Sitaar, from 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM
  • Bollywood hit movie under the stars on a big screen (40ft by 20ft) featuring "3 IDIOTS" from 7.30 PM
  • Food vendor - Moti Mahal or pack your own picnic & chairs
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Where: Dixie-Sandalwood Cricket Field, Brampton

Time: 8am to 11pm 


Click HERE for more information or EMAIL us.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Share your shopping habits and earn great rewards!
Nielsen Homescan Program

Whether you purchase paneer or pancakes, atta or almonds, basmati or basil, every purchase you make represents the purchases of people just like you. The Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel focuses on measuring consumer attitudes and behaviour. Your opinions will help manufacturers and retailers of the world make decisions on what products to develop or improve.


As an actively participating Homescan® panel member, your consumer voice will make an impact. Plus, you'll earn sweepstakes entries, as well as gift points that are redeemable for name-brand merchandise from their gift catalogue, including electronics equipment, jewellery, household items, toys, gift cards, and more! And the longer you stay on the panel, the more rewards you'll earn!


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Have your say. Make an impact. Enjoy the rewards.


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TREWO's 3rd Annual Imagination Ball 
TREWO's 3rd Annual Imagination Ball

Once again, The Ripple Effect Wellness Organization (TREWO) proudly invites you to attend their third annual Imagination Ball, which promises to be an enriching and entertaining evening, which can only be described as "magical"! Last year we raised $10,000 for CAMH and $5,000 for a health care worker's salary in two seniors homes in rural India under the NGO Roofs for the Roofless.  


The Imagination Ball is going to be a fun-filled evening with music, dancing and laughter. The feature entertainer this year is a highly acclaimed comedian Dan Nainan, who is well known all over the world. Catering will be provided by Master Chef Shishir Sharma of Cuisine of India.  


This is a rare opportunity for, not only a delightful evening enjoying fine cuisine and being entertained by a world renowned comedian, but for helping a good cause right in our community. Get dressed up and come out for a really enjoyable evening. TREWO needs your help to continue their work.  


When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 

Where: Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton 
Time: 6pm onwards 
Tickets: $125 | Table of 10 - $1000 
Dress Code: Formal



Click HERE to purchase tickets.


Click HERE more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Raaz 3
Raaz 3  

Set against the backdrop of the glitz, lights, glamour and back-stabbing cruelty of the entertainment world, a fading movie diva Shanaya (Bipasha Basu) turns to black magic to thwart an upstart young starlet Sanjana (Esha Gupta) on her way to usurp the position Shanaya once held. Sanjana ruthlessly turns against the girl, using her lover Aditya (Emraan Hashmi), a man who owes her his career, as a pawn. Things go awry when Aditya falls in love with Sanjana and vows to protect her against the evil that is consuming all of them.


Starring: Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi & Esha Gupta
Director: Vikram Bhatt

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!



Shiamak's Winter Funk

Shiamak's Winter Funk is a series of unique dance classes that culminate in a spectacular performance on December 8, 2012 at the Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The program gives kids, teens and adults a platform to experience the performing arts and bring out the true Star within them.


Shiamak has formalized several unique dance styles that are taught exclusively at his dance school.


Shiamak's Indo-Jazz combines indo contemporary and modern movements with a strong ballet grounding and performance based visuals.  


Shiamak's Bollywood Jazz, a favourite amongst students' works as a great stress buster, combines jazz technique taught to latest Bollywood songs.


"WINTER FUNK is a chance for my students to express their passion and truly shine in a professional dance set-up. GTA has great potential, Students here have a certain energy that makes them great performers on stage!" says Shiamak


Click HERE for more details.

In This Bulletin
TIFF 2012 | Mumbai Madness at Hard Rock Cafe
10th Annual Kismet Wedding Show and Magazine
Shreya Ghoshal LIVE in Concert!
Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2012
Article Headline
TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card
10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night!
Newmarket's Caribbean & South Asian Showcase
3rd Annual Brampton Mayor's Cricket Festival
Share your shopping habits and earn great rewards!
TREWO's 3rd Annual Imagination Ball
Raaz 3
Shiamak's Winter Funk
Featured Article :: TIFF 2012: South Asian Line-up
What's New on MyBindi
MyBindi Resurrects Comedy Night to Celebrate its 10th Anniversary!

3rd Brampton Mayor's Cricket and Community Festival

Toronto Mela 2012: A CASSA Success Story!

Celebrate the art of Kathak Dance at Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2012

TIFF 2012: South Asian Line-up

Newmarket's Caribbean & South Asian Showcase

Celebrate the Fusion of Indian and Israeli Music at Bindaas!

 Raaz 3: Movie Preview

MISS LOVELY Receives North American Premiere TIFF 2012

Canada Council Walter Carsen Prize recognizes Canadian dance icon :: Menaka Thakkar

Change Your Name Ousama Explores the Post 9/11 Marginalization of Canadian Muslims

Exclusive Interview: The Bold, Beautiful & Beguiling Bageshree Vaze

Why Not Theatre presents Beyond Bollywood featuring Naseeruddin Shah LIVE in Toronto

 Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)

Introducing Jaan :: A Delectable Paan-flavoured Liqueur!

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

MyBindi on CBC Metro Morning 


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Travel Thali

Interviewing David Letterman once on his PBS show, Charlie Rose asked what the best part of fame was.  That people treated him well, Letterman answered.  That people treated him the way people should treat each other all the time:  with respect and courtesy.

My second evening in Bangkok, I commented to my nephew that I had spent the entire day without witnessing one single incident of anger or impatience or rudeness.  It was a day I had spent at Siam Square: a downright mad shopping area which included four malls ranging from MBK, which was basically five floors of bazaars in a futuristically-designed building, to Paragon, which housed the familiar upscale stores:  Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani, D & G.  On the streets in between these malls were street vendors of every possible thing imaginable that was cheap and expendable, plus, of course, food carts, food stalls and restuarants.  On the pedestrian walkway overpasses connecting the malls was one of only two places I ever saw beggars in Bangkok.  And, of course, all of this was happening inside the roar of the ever bumper-to-bumper Bangkok traffic.

Click HERE to read more.
 Mind Mantra Blog

Take a vacation from your thinking style! We all know that going away somewhere different is always a good thing. Taking a holiday from your usual thinking style is a great thing! It can lead to new possibilities and approaches to challenging situations.

Think of someone you have always admired. It could be someone in your life that you look up to; or it could be a character from a film or a book. When you are confronted with a challenge, ask yourself how this other person would react. What would he/she say and do? Research shows that often behaviour changes first; the thinking style may change after.

Try this new approach for at least a week and note the changes in how you feel and how you behave. It is possible to incorporate new traits into our old personality style. You may become more relaxed, or more focused, or more energetic, or more courageous, or more confident...the possibilities are endless!

Click HERE to read more.

Wellness Works Blog
You may be thinking - isn't this a health/wellness blog? its true, it is. But being a blog, its also a personal (as well as professional) take on all things wellness and well-being. So although this isn't a parenting blog, I wanted to share my very personal feelings of motherhood - now six weeks in. In doing so, I hope it will provide insight, inspiration, information and, if nothing else, a glimpse into the inner workings of my mind!

To begin with, I have to be honest. I never thought I'd have children. I don't know why, I just never saw it in my 'cards'. Actually I never really gave it much thought. I was of the mindset: 'if it happens, great, if not, that's ok - not meant to be'. I wasn't one of those girls who dreamed of getting married and having a family. Perhaps the reason is two-fold: first, growing up in a single parent family and being an only child - my experience of 'family' was much different and therefore my expectations were scaled accordingly. Second, my education-focused, career-oriented mindset didn't quite allow the mental space to think of much else other than 'school - work - achieve, achieve, achieve'.

Click HERE to read more.

My Body My Temple Blog

Keeping it Fresh  


Yoga is a ancient healing technology. The asana practice is just one element of a vast system of understanding and relating to the human experience or humanology. Here are some interesting techniques to add to your cleansing rituals.

Neti Pot
A Neti Pot is a small pot used for irrigating the nasal passages. Typically it has a spout attached near the bottom, and often a handle on the opposite side. Neti Pots are used in yoga to assist in clearing the nasal passages, since controlled breathing plays a central role in yoga. The Neti Pot is used to pour warm salt water through one nostril and then either runs out of the other nostril. The Neti pot used with a saline solution has been shown to be an effective treatment for hay fever, sinusitis, rag weed and other nasal conditions. You can now buy Neti Pots at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Alum and Salt

This mixture is used to cleanse the mouth and tongue. Take two parts powered Potassium Alum mixed with one part salt and use like a tooth powder to brush your teeth and your tongue. During the night our mouths turn into an incubator for a host of different bacteria and germs.

Click  HERE to read more.

Word Blog

Just Matata

By Braz Menezes.

Matata means trouble in Swahili, as Chico discovers in 1928, after jumping ship on a journey from India to Africa. With some skills and much sweat, he navigates the channels open to him under the segregated colonial structure of Kenya, while doing all to keep his heritage alive, and dreaming only of retirement to his beloved Goa. Enter son Lando, two decades later, and all plans are on hold.   


Just Matata, narrated by Lando, brings to life these multi-layered stories that straddle two distinct colonies in mid 20th century: the bucolic and romantic Goa (Portuguese India) and the adventure-filled, yet precarious world of British Kenya.  

The stories, alternatively funny, sad and evocative, deal with the enduring dichotomy between generations, race, cultures and love, and the transformational impact of destiny-changing events in life's cyclical journey.  


Click HERE to read more.

Listen Up Blog
JoSH makes history with McDonald's and music

JoSH, a band whose name is strategically spelled to annunciate the o as "oh" as opposed to the "ah" sound in the name "Joshua," released an album in Pakistan one year ago, but it was not just any album.


With an impressive following in Pakistan, the group members approached McDonald's restaurant with an idea- a vision. JoSH, made up of members Rup Magon and Q Hussain, wanted to make an exclusive deal with the ever-popular, fast food restaurant chain, where their new album would only be sold at McDonald's for the first six weeks of release. No record stores, no Target, no Wal-Mart- strictly McDonald's restaurants.  


It was not easy to convince McDonald's that their idea would be a raging success, but once they did, the drawing board became their playground. McDonald's had just created a new sandwich, the grand chicken burger. The plan was that every customer who chose to supersize this value meal would receive a copy of JoSH's new album, titled "Beyond Kismat."  


Click HERE to read more.

Bollywood Bites Blog
Bollywood reacts to rule on film smoking

Bollywood's reaction was mixed Tuesday to the central government's informing the Supreme Court that it would permit smoking scenes in films though with a statutory warning of this being injurious to health.


The new notification would mandate that the films showing a smoking scene would show the actor giving a warning at the start of the film, after the interval while a static message would be displayed in the course of the scene showing smoking. The notification, superseding all earlier notifications prohibiting smoking scenes, would be issued September 14. That's a week before UTV's "Heroine", with a scene of a woman smoking, releases in India.

Click  HERE to read more.

Kitchen Confidential Blog

Kids' snacks that make the grade

As kids prepare to head back to the classroom, many parents are already dreading the task of coming up with healthy snacks for kids to pack to school. Snacks are an important part of any child's back to school menu. A no-snacking policy - at school and home - can undermine a child's energy, mood and overall development.

Growing kids need to refuel every two to three hours to keep their blood sugar (glucose) levels stable as sustained blood sugar means kids will have more energy to concentrate in class and participate in after school sports.

The added calories from snacks provide an opportunity to boost your child's intake of important nutrients like calcium, iron and zinc.

Click HERE to read more.

Game On
Cricket with a Cause :: An active & healthy lifestyle, and multiculturalism.

FREE Community Celebration of Cricket, Culture and Cinema!

Corporate Canada Cricket Club, a Not-for-Profit, is an enabling platform for the establishment and promotion of cricket in the Corporate Sector and Communities and as such it creates linkages between Cricket and the Community Services in partnership with the charity partners, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and the presenting partner, CIBC. We foster partnerships with other cricket organizations and municipalities to produce joint events.


Click HERE to read more.
TIFF 2012: South Asian Line-up
TIFF 2012 South Asian Lineup

TIFF is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September.


The Toronto International Film Festival has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes.


Check out the South Asian selections featured this year at TIFF! Single tickets go on sale Sept. 2nd and can be purchased HERE.  

Click HERE to learn more.