October 31, 2012


Welcome to the Ottawa edition of the MyBindi newsletter!   


This Saturday, Anita Rau Badami will grace the Ottawa Public Library where she will participate in an Author reading and will delight fans with excerpts from her newest novel, Tell it to the Trees. There is no charge to attend this event.  Please see details below.


We're only a few days away from Diwali and there's nothing like a fun-filled Diwali Mela to get everyone into the Diwali spirit.  Come out with your friends and family to Diwali Mela 2012 being celebrated on Saturday, November 10 at Deschanes Hall - Palais des Congress de Gatineau.  See below for details.   


May I also recommend two special Diwali promotions which are ideal for your home and also for giving as gifts to friends and family.  Take a look at these Air Wick Colour Changing Candles that can make any venue dramatic in seconds.


And, who doesn't love chocolates?  Delight your friends with this commemorative Diwali Quality Street Tin  

created by Nestle and available for a limited time.


Gotta love the holidays!!  Please forward this newsletter to your family and friends and encourage them to join in the celebrations with you!   

If you are a business or an organization in Ottawa that would like to do outreach with the South Asian community in Ottawa, please send me an email at syerah@mybindi.com.  I would love to hear from you.


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Author Series: Anita Rau Badami 
Anita Rau Badami
Live at the Ottawa Public Library! Come and meet Anita Rau Badami. She will read from her fourth novel, Tell it to the Trees. This book begins with a death in the town of Merritt's Point, and travels back and forth in time and space between India and Canada, telling the story of a dysfunctional family and the unsuspecting outsider who upsets its delicate balance.

Badami is the author of Tamarind Mem, The Hero's Walk, and Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? She is the recipient of the Marian Engel Prize, the Regional Commonwealth Award, and the Premio Berto Prize, and has been nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Prize and the Orange Prize.

Author visits will include a reading, Q & A and book signing.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Where: Sunnyside Library, Ottawa
Time: 2pm to 3pm

All readings are FREE of charge!

Click HERE for more information and to register.

Diwali Mela 2012
Diwali Mela 2012
Come and celebrate the festival of the year at a fun-filled Mela with delicious Indian food, Bollywood dance, games & much more!

Don't forget to bring your friends and family. There is something for everyone!

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Where: Deschênes Hall - Palais des Congrès de Gatineau
Time: 7:30pm onwards
Advance Tickets: $10 Members, Students and Seniors;  $15 for Non-members

For tickets and more information, please click HERE or contact Hardi Shah at 613.869.7667

About the Gujarati Cultural Association (GCA)

Over the past 29 years, the GCA has changed in many ways, but one thing that has remained constant is the willingness of its members to dedicate their time and effort to keeping the community strong and vibrant. In all these years, members have helped out in whatever way they can - be it behind the scenes or in more publicly recognized roles.
Ottawa Wine and Food Festival 2012
Ottawa Wine and Food Festival 2012

Taste your way around the world at this year's exciting edition of Ottawa's iconic celebration of wine and food. This year's Festival includes all-new events and some returning favourites, spread over five taste-filled days in November 2012!

Festival Schedule

November 7 | Pop Up Location
November 8 | The Delta City Centre
November 9 - 11 | Ottawa Convention Centre

Festival Highlights

Click HERE for more information and to view a complete festival guide.

Nestlé Canada's Quality Street Chocolates
Nestle Quality Street

To celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, Nestlé Canada has introduced the Quality Street Diwali gift tin this year.

"Recognizing the perfect fit between Quality Street chocolates and Diwali, we thought of offering it as a great gifting option during the festival of lights," said Scott McLean, of Nestlé Canada Confectionery marketing.

The Quality Street Diwali 725g gift tin is available at select Walmart stores with a high concentration of South Asian customers in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta, and at select Save-On-Foods locations.

Further details and the list of participating stores may be found at diwali.qualitystreet.ca.

A popular selection of individual chocolate sweets, Quality Street is an excellent gift choice for celebrations and events.

Click HERE for more information.

Celebrate Diwali with Air Wick
Air Wick Colour Changing Candles
Celebrate Diwali with Air Wick and decorate your Diwali like never before - with Air Wick Colour Changing Candles.

With its captivating colours and mesmerising fragrance, Air Wick Colour Changing Candles will significantly enhance your Diwali experience.

The moment the candle is lit, it starts to glow gently and gives off captivating colours - yellow, red, blue, green ... with a fragrance so delicate it will delight all your senses.

Light up your Diwali celebrations with  Air Wick Colour Changing Candles - tailor made for the occasion.

Click HERE to buy your Air Wick candles now.


The Clarity of Distance by Ayesha Chatterjee
The Clarity of Distance
Born and raised in Kolkata, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA and Germany, and currently lives in Toronto.

She graduated from Smith College, Massachussetts, where one of her most vividly remembered courses was a lyric poetry class taught by Joseph Brodsky. Her poems have appeared in The Guardian Online, nth position and Autumn Sky Poetry.  
Chatterjee believes that the power of poetry is in its accessibility. Her work is intended to pry her readers out of complacency into looking at the world differently. 
The Clarity of Distance is her first collection. Written in spare language and often using metaphors drawn from both Eastern and Western sources, these poems pare down the complexity of existence into simple moments of truth. 

Click HERE to purchase your copy today

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In This Bulletin
Author Series: Anita Rau Badami
Diwali Mela 2012
Ottawa Wine and Food Festival 2012
Nestlé Canada's Quality Street Chocolates
Celebrate Diwali with Air Wick
The Clarity of Distance by Ayesha Chatterjee
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