September 27, 2012


Dear Members,  Editorial

A BIG thank you to everyone that came out and supported the 10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night.  As you can see from the photo albums it was indeed an awesome night.  Check out the photos here and feel free to tag yourself and your friends!

Tonight is the opening night of the 13th Annual Filmi South Asian Film Festival!  Check out the exciting line-up of films and if there's a film you want to see just ask for FREE passes on MyBindi's Facebook Fan Page and we'll set them aside for you.

Yes, we love spoiling our fans with FREE stuff. We still have a few more passes left for this Saturday's Paths to Love a spellbinding performance that will depict the emotions of love through Kathak and other Contemporary Dance Forms.   To claim a pair of FREE passes to the simply complete this form! Yes, it's really that easy.  Simply complete this form and claim your FREE passes to Paths to Love scheduled for this Saturday, September 29 at the City Playhouse Theatre in Vaughan!

Tomorrow night, I get to see Naseerudin Shah at the opening night performance of "Dear Liar".  I am so excited!  He's performing in two plays and spending an evening In conversation with TIFF.   Tickets are already sold out for many of the performances so if you still haven't got your tickets - what are you waiting for? Click HERE to read MyBindi's Ashna Singh's interview with Ravi Jain, artistic director of Why Not Theatre.   

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Foresters Diwali Fiesta 2012
Foresters Celebrates Diwali
Foresters™ is a life insurance provider with a difference. We support family well-being through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities.

We believe that family and community are the cornerstones of society and aim to make a difference by investing in the communities where our members live.  


For the third year, we are pleased to sponsor the Foresters Diwali Fiestaand as part of the celebration, we are offering a chance to win one of three iPad 2s at this year's event.

Click HERE for details on how to ENTER.

We hope to see you at our booth at the Foresters Diwali Fiesta, Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Ave. East, Brampton. 
Beyond Bollywood :: Featuring Naseeruddin Shah in two critically acclaimed shows!
Beyond Bollywood feat. Naseeruddin Shah
Back by overwhelming demand, Why Not Theatre is proud to present Beyond Bollywood, starring legendary actors Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah and Heeba Shah, in 2 award-winning plays: Dear Liar & Ismat Apa Ke Naam.

Dear Liar (performed in English Sept. 28, 29, & 30) is an American play, about the taboo love affair between the great playwright George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell, a famous actress of the time.
*Please note: Opening Night (September 28) for Dear Liar is now sold out*

The second play, Ismat Apa Ke Naam (performed in Urdu/Hindi with English surtitles Oct. 5, 6, & 7) is an adaptation for three beautiful and witty short stories by one of India's most beloved authors, Ismat Chughtai.

Both shows will be at the new Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre in Toronto.

For more information, seating charts and tickets, please click HERE or call 647.278.5203.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
In Conversation With...Naseeruddin Shah
In conversation with...Naseeruddin Shah
In association with Why Not Theatre, internationally renowned Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah joins us on October 4 for a celebration of his prolific and versatile career on stage and screen.

Shah has performed over 130 roles over nearly four decades in both mainstream Indian cinema and in India's art film-driven Parallel Cinema. He has also worked on several acclaimed international projects including Monsoon Wedding (2001), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) and Amal (2007). Shah is the founder and Artistic Director of Motley Theatre Group, which has been touring for over thirty-three years with award-winning productions in English, Hindi and Urdu. In 2003, the Government of India honoured Shah with the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civil honours, for his contributions to Indian cinema.

When: Thursday, October 4, 2012
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto


Naseeruddin Shah will join director Richie Mehta to introduce Mehta's award-winning Canadian film Amal (2007). ***Please note: this is not part of the In Conversation With event and will require the purchase of another ticket. ***

Thursday, October 4, 2012

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto

Time: 8:30pm

Tickets to both events go on sale Sept. 19th! Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.

Toronto Argos to Host Football 101 for New Canadians
Toronto Argos to Host Football 101 for New Canadians

Football 101 sessions for new Canadians, featuring the Toronto Argonauts, will take place October 10th and 11th in the GTA. 


The Toronto Argonauts have been part of the fabric of our community for 139 years, and now the club is inviting the newest members of our community to learn about our great game from those who know it best.


Through a pair of Football 101 sessions hosted by local TV personalities, participants will be welcomed by hometown defensive back Matt Black and Canadian offensive tackle Chris Van Zeyl. Those in attendance will learn about the basics of the Canadian game and, by the end of the sessions, be able to join all Canadians and Torontonians in celebrating every first down and touchdown by the Double Blue!


Registration is FREE! Click HERE to sign up now. 


Click HERE to learn more.  

Markham International Festival of Authors
Markham IFOA 2012

The City of Markham in partnership with the Markham Arts Council is pleased to present the second annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA Markham) Touring Event.  


This year Mayor Frank Scarpitti will be hosting the Mayor's Hour reception welcoming this year's headlining author and past recipient of the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize--Dr. Vincent Lam, along with international world renowned authors: Marjorie Celona, Ayesha Chaterjee and Chan Koonchung. The Mayor's Hour will include authors meet-and-greet, musical entertainment, an exciting visual arts exhibit and performances by award winning YorkSlam champions.


Join the City of Markham, the Markham Arts Council in partnership as a participating sponsor of this prestigious event and showcase your brand alongside four of our generation's literary superstars to a captive audience of 400+ people.


When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012  

Where: Flato Markham Theatre 
Mayor's Hour: Wine and World Cuisine Reception | 6pm | $65 

Art Exhibit & Spoken Word Performances 
Readings Only: Doors open at 7.15pm | $18 
Author Readings: Begin at 7.30pm


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Just Matata by Braz Menezes

"Totally enjoyable, part history and part travelogue." (Lethbridge Herald, August 28, 2012)


The merging of cultures is an experience that can never be the same for two people or two families but reading Just Matata - Sin, Saints and Settlers, allows us to reflect on how our own Indian cultures have been molded by our host country, regardless of whether we live in Kenya, Canada, or elsewhere in the world.  


Goa has been an integral part of the Indian Union for over half a century, yet relatively few South Asians know much of the special Indo-Portuguese culture, and how their immigration to East Africa, along with thousands of Indians before them who built the Railways from the Ocean port of Mombasa to Lake Victoria, shaped modern African history.


This is the broad overarching theme that is the coming together of two cultures that are joined by the Indian Ocean.


Click HERE for more information. 

Metachroma Theatre presents Richard III
Richard III

Defined by his physical deformity and demonized by society, Richard is ever the outsider. In a whirlwind of horrible deeds and unspeakable acts, he fights to claim his position as monarch at all costs.

Metachroma ('beyond colour') Theatre addresses the under-representation of visible minority actors in Canadian theatre, challenging current perceptions by telling stories with a diverse cast in order to normalize the presence of these artists on stage.

With: Metachroma Theatre members Quincy Armorer, Tamara Brown, Lucinda Davis, Julie Tamiko Manning, Mike Payette and Jamie Robinson, along with Walter Borden, Jimmy Blais, Diana Fajrajsl, Azeem Nathoo, Meilie Ng and Amrit Sanger.

When: September 19 to 30, 2012
Where: Segal Centre for Performing Arts Studio, Montreal

Tickets: Starting at $18

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

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

The festival provides a unique opportunity to the charity partners to showcase their programs and services to the communities, and encourage youth and adults to adopt sport (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 Hazel McCallion at 12pm.

This is a FREE event!

When: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Where: Courtney Park Cricket Field, Mississauga
Time: 8am to 8pm

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
FILMI :: Toronto's South Asian Film Festival
FILMI - Toronto's South Asian Film Festival

FILMI is an annual Toronto film festival showcasing the best in South Asian cinema from Canada and the world.

FILMI will celebrate its 13th anniversary with a full schedule of screenings and industry workshops September 27th - September 30th, 2012. Screenings will be at Carlton Cinema in Toronto.

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.
NetIP Toronto's Speed Networking and Gala Launch Event
NetIP Toronto's Speed Networking and Gala Launch Event
Join NetIP Toronto at Marben for an evening of great connections. Meet new people and learn how to effectively network! Bring your business cards and be prepared to meet and build relationships with many local professionals.

After the formal speed networking portion of the evening is complete feel free to mingle and network with your new connections. You will also have the opportunity to purchase advance discounted tickets to NetIP Toronto's Annual Gala to be held on November 17, 2012 at Novotel North York.

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Where: Marben Restaurant, Toronto
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Tickets: Advance - $10 for non-members

This is a FREE event for NetIP members! $15 tickets will be available at the door for non-members.

Space is limited and past events have been sold out so please secure your tickets early!

Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE to register and purchase tickets.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
All-Night Classical Music Concert
All Night Concert 2012
Back for the third successive year in Toronto!

Indian classical music enthusiasts should mark their calendar. October 6th, 2012 is the date when the spectacular St Andrew's Church, located in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district, will resound and reverberate with the refreshing sounds of Indian music from the sitar, tabla, bansuri, sarod, violin and vocals.

For the third year in a row, Chhandayan Ontario, Toronto's first not-for-profit dedicated to Indian all-night classical concerts, hosts the unique All-Night Classical Concert - dubbed by the local media as the 'nuit blanche of Indian classical music'.

This unique event happens only once a year and is attended by people of different backgrounds, who come from far and wide. What they have in common, is the love for music. They come to experience and absorb the effects of Indian music that is unique at an all-night concert. It is amazing to listen to the changing pattern of the ragas and talas as the night progresses. They help erase stress and fatigue and rejuvenate the senses through the course of the night.

When: October 6, 2012
Where: St Andrew's Church, 73 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Time: 8pm to 5.30am
Tickets: $20, $35, $50, $70

For tickets please contact: 416.897.2631 / 905.826.6337 / 416.272.0250 or EMAIL.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
11th Annual Trillium Diwali Fundraiser
Trillium Diwali 390
A unique event in its 11th year, Trillium Diwali is the first and largest Diwali fundraiser in North America celebrating the South Asian Festival of Lights!

Join over 1,000 attendees, comprised of prominent business and medical professionals, corporations, affluent and community-minded individuals from across the GTA to celebrate the South Asian Festival of Lights- all in support of the life-saving Endoscopy Suites, where specialists at Trillium screen, diagnose and treat conditions like colon cancer and diseases of the digestive and respiratory tracts.

Help us raise our goal of $800,000 in support of Endoscopy!

Donate today in the spirit of Diwali, and honour a loved one with a gift that helps ensure the highest quality health care for your community.

When: October 19, 2012
Where: Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton
Time: 6pm

Visit trilliumdiwali.ca to sponsor, purchase corporate tables, tickets or to donate.

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


Oh My God
Oh My God  

The 'Inspired' remake is based on the life of Kanjibhai (Paresh Rawal), an antique shopkeeper. When a tornado destroys his antique store, he begins to disbelieve in God. The film revolves around his journey at taking down God which he is unable to do, but clearly doesn't realize, and soon begins to fight all the priests of the city, which starts mayhem until Lord Krishna (Akshay Kumar) pays Kanji an unexpected visit. It is loosely based on the Gujarati play, Kanji Virrudh Kanji and also Hindi play, Kishen vs Kanhaiya.


Starring: Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar
Director: Umesh Shukla

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
Foresters Diwali Fiesta 2012
Beyond Bollywood :: Featuring Naseeruddin Shah in two critically acclaimed shows!
In Conversation With...Naseeruddin Shah
Toronto Argos to Host Football 101 for New Canadians
Markham International Festival of Authors
Just Matata by Braz Menezes
Metachroma Theatre presents Richard IIII
3rd Annual Mississauga Mayor's Cricket Festival
FILMI :: Toronto's South Asian Film Festival
Check out these great deals at Metro this week!
NetIP Toronto's Speed Networking and Gala Launch Event
All-Night Classical Music Concert
11th Annual Trillium Diwali Fundraiser
Bollywood Movies of the Month Magazine
Oh My God
Featured Article :: Why Not...Naseeruddin Shah? An Exclusive Interview with Ravi Jain
What's New on MyBindi
Why Not...Naseeruddin Shah?

Your Definitive Guide to FILMI 2012

Toronto Argos to Host Football 101 for New Canadians

3rd Annual Mississauga Mayor's Cricket Festival

Comics Crack Up Crowd at the 10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night!

Trillium Health Centre Foundation :: Give.

Zee Cinema to present Suhaag Show

Nupoor Dance Creations Presents :: Paths to Love

Priyanka Chopra releases debut single 'In My City'

Anupam Kher Rocks at Miss India-Canada 2012

International Festival of Authors Returns to Markham

Canada's All Night Indian Classical Concert

Radio Mango :: Canada Goes Konkani!

Metachroma Theatre presents Shakespeare's Richard III

Canadian Muslim Women Celebrate 30 Years of Equality and Empowerment!

Just Matata - Sin, Saints and Settlers by Braz Menezes

FALL IN LOVE WITH FILM :: Autumn at TIFF Bell Lightbox with a Desi Twist

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

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

MyBindi on CBC Metro Morning 


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My Body My Temple Blog

Let's say you have a goal to lose ten pounds. What happens when you think that thought? Notice the body sensations. Where do you feel it and what does it feel like? These sensations are the first clue to knowing if that goal is above the line or below the line.

Below the line are our shadow selves - where anger, greed, jealousy, doubt and fear rule the experience. Above the line is a place of higher consciousness, love, compassion, forgiveness and joy are some examples.

As human beings we never want to lose anything. It goes against our nature and innate tendencies - would you ever deliberately want to lose your keys or a relationship? The phrase itself may actually create the opposite effect. Looking at the mirror and pinching or squishing body parts likely comes from an inner mean voice that compares and judges what is right and wrong. We hurt ourselves with thoughts like that. Not the best place to set goals from.

This is the Ego talking. Maybe it shows up to help us avoid pain or to maintain status quo. Keeping things the same when you are ready and capable of reaching for more is actually harmful. It is part of the pattern of numbing out that creates addictions to food, alcohol, smoke, television or shopping. We pick our poisons to avoid feeling what we need to feel. When you numb your pain, you also numb your joy.

Click HERE to read more.
Wellness Works Blog

I have a bit of work to do. Yup, baby weight. Its not a crazy amount - but enough to keep me out of my old wardrobe! I have to admit, I have really fallen off the healthy eating wagon - between living in NYC (oh, how I miss the food!), moving back home, being pregnant and now no time with baby - our nutrition has taken a back seat to say the least. But I'm getting back on the wagon and here's my list of a few items on my grocery list for the weekend. I wanted wanted to share it with you to help you next time you're shopping:

  • Black beans
  • Oats
  • Avocado
  • Salmon
  • Chicken breast
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Pears
  • Grapefruit
  • Kidney beans
  • Almonds ...  
Click HERE to read more.

Word Blog

International Festival of Authors Returns to Markham

Following a tremendously successful inaugural event last fall, Markham has again been chosen to host the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) touring event for York Region. Markham is one of only two IFOA touring event locations in the GTA. The City of Markham, in partnership with the Markham Arts Council (MAC), will host an exclusive engagement on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at the Flato Markham Theatre, featuring four of the world's best writers of contemporary literature.


This year's headlining author, Dr. Vincent Lam, is a past recipient of the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the inaugural One Book, One Markham author. He will be joined by world-renowned authors Marjorie Celona (recently long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Ayesha Chatterjee, and Chan Koonchung. All will read from their latest works, followed by the popular informal audience discussion and a book signing.


Click HERE to read more.

Listen Up Blog
Priyanka Chopra releases debut single 'In My City'

Listen to Priyanka's debut single feat. famous rap artist and Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am!


Priyanka Chopra's much-awaited music single has already become the talk of B-town. Many A-list stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor amongst many others from the industry are stunned to hear her voice which sounds nothing less than an international pop artist.  


Priyanka is also busy receiving compliments for her enduring performance in Anurag Basu's Barfi!  


However, the actress claims that she is nervous when it comes to her international music debut first single 'In My City'.


Click HERE to read more.

Bollywood Bites Blog
Bollywood divas of the past rising like phoenix to strike back

Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit had bowed out gracefully more than a decade ago after ruling over the box office, but when they announced their intentions to grace the spotlight once again a wave of anticipation started building up for them amongst the fans. Sridevi's test to underline her sojourn at the box office is just a few days ahead, what with ENGLISH VINGLISH releasing this Friday. If the reports from USA are to be believed, she has made waves through her comeback movie ENGLISH VINGLISH outside India, and it would be seen with interest, whether she is able to achieve same results again. But the moot point is that the sheer fact that Sridevi was making a comeback made the audiences swoon in anticipation.


Same is the case with Madhuri Dixit, who already is making the fans eat out of her elfin charm through the dance show JHALAK DIKHLAJA and is reportedly charging Rs. 1 crore per episode. The moot point is that if she is able to command this kind of remuneration after such a long gap, it is a clear pointer to the status that she enjoyed at the box office along with Sridevi. Ranbir Kapoor when he had appeared in one of the episodes to promote BARFI! was moon eyed and expressed rather sheepishly his unfulfilled desire of dancing with Madhuri. And when Madhuri had condescended, Ranbir Kapoor was literally over the moon.


Click HERE to read more.

Kitchen Confidential Blog

The Sweet Side of the Subcontinent

Dessert might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about South Asian food, but sweets are an integral part of South Asian cuisine and culture. Often overlooked, forgotten or even unknown outside of South Asia, sweets seem to have gotten lost in translation on many of the Westernized menus that we find in the United States. Where thousands of stand-alone shops sell nothing but sweets in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, in the United States shops that offer any kind South Asian sweet, let alone ones singularly dedicated to sweets, are few and far between.


From deep-fried pancakes soaked in sugary syrup, to fudge-like squares garnished with edible, silver foil, South Asian sweets come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. With such great and delicious variety, it's too bad these confections seem to have such a low profile outside of South Asia.


Having not been exposed to the wonderful world of South Asian sweets before I studied in India, I was relieved and excited to discover that my sweet tooth would not be neglected during my stay.


Click HERE to read more.
Why Not...Naseeruddin Shah? An Exclusive Interview with Ravi Jain
Ravi Jain Interview re Naseeruddin Shah
An exclusive interview with Ravi Jain, Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre company, on his upcoming productions featuring renowned Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah.


Ravi Jain, actor and director, has taken his company Why Not Theatre to great lengths in Toronto's theatre scene in just five years. After a sold out show in February 2011 for Ismat Apa Ke Naam, Jain decided to bring legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah, in association with Motley Theatre, back to Toronto in Fall 2012 to facilitate his latest project: Beyond Bollywood.


This time Jain chose to feature Shah in two award-winning plays: Dear Liar and, back by popular demand, Ismat Apa Ke Naam.


MyBindi.com's Ashna Singh goes behind the scenes with Ravi Jain for the inside scoop on Naseeruddin Shah and his upcoming shows with Why Not Theatre.


How does it feel to have Naseeruddin Shah - one of the finest Indian stage and film actors - perform in association with Why Not Theatre?

First of all, every morning we play tennis (he likes to stay in shape) and I have to pinch myself saying "Oh my God... I'm playing tennis with Naseeruddin Shah". I then say "Oh my God, he's 64 years old and he's kicking my ass!"

Naseer is a champion for young artists and it is an incredible feeling to have the trust and faith of an actor of his caliber. We both believe in the importance of bringing Dear Liar to Toronto. It's the first time they've brought a western play to the West, and they are eager to see what audiences have to say about it. His curiosity and passion are infectious and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.


Click HERE to read more. 

Your Definitive Guide to FILMI 2012
FILMI celebrates the best of South Asian cinema around the world. This year the festival runs Sept. 27 - Sept. 30, 2012 in Toronto.

The 13th Annual FILMI: Toronto's South Asian Film Festival will be presented September 27th - 30th, 2012 at the Carlton Cinema. The vision of FILMI: Toronto's South Asian Film Festival is to discover, introduce, promote and celebrate cinematic endeavours by talented South Asian filmmakers, and to highlight works with South Asian themes that can be brought to a mainstream audience. This year we will focus on two very active filmmakers: Mumbai's Vipin Sharma and Canada's own Ash Varma.

MASTER CLASS with Vipin Sharma - Sunday, September 30, 2012, 4pm

FILMI is proud to celebrate the works of Vipin Sharma. Vipin was a resident of Toronto and left Canada to make it in the indie movie scene for Mumbai. Vipin has starred in such popular films as 'Like Stars on Earth (Taare Zameen Par)', 'Karthik Calling Karthik', 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Shahid' and 'Calcutta Taxi'.


Opening Night Film - Canadian Premiere - 'Gattu'- Thursday,September 27, 2012, 7pm

FILMI opens with this award-winning film by Rajan Khosla 'Gattu'. 'Gattu' is a heart warming story that follows the magical life of the orphan Gattu.



Click HERE to read more.