January 17, 2013   


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.

Yesterday we completed 30 days from the date of the horrific gang-rape of the young medical student in New Delhi.  These past 30 days have bound a country in shame and concern.  Indeed, this issue is being addressed not just in India but all over the world. And like in India, the spotlight is staying resolutely on the status of women and their rights.
On Monday, January 21, a special candlelight vigil ceremony is being hosted at the Kitchener Gurdwara.  MyBindi applauds these initiatives and I encourage you all to attend.
Special shout out to Toronto spoken word artist and musician Anuj Rastogi for this beautiful, moving piece he composed titled, "Amanat's Reprise".  You should have a listen and check out the video here.  It's powerful!
The new year is also a time for us to reflect back not just on our shortcomings but also our joy.  This Saturday, Luv to Bhang brings you a special Bhang to the Past edition.  A night of music and bhangra which includes a throwback to the music of the 80s and the 90s.  Balle Balle!
And speaking of dance, don't forget to check out the spectacular Bharati this February 9 and 10 at the SONY Centre. We have secured a private allocation of seats exclusively for our fans and we're offering these fantatstic Dinner + Theatre specials at prices you will LOVE!

Until next week! 


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Luv to Bhang: Bhang to the Past! 80s and 90s Throwback Edition
Luv to Bhang January 2013
C.N. Auto Centre present Toronto's longest running bhangra party:

LUV TO BHANG: Bhang to the Past! :: The Official 80's & 90's Throwback Edition

Hosted by Luv to Bhang's newest member: Humble the Poet

Alongside the talented Luv to Bhang family: Double AA | Paul "The Drummer" Nanuwa | J Raj Music

Come bhang to the rhythmic sounds of: BHANGRA | UK FUSION | TOP 40 | HOUSE | HIP HOP | R&B

When: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Where: 6 Degrees, Toronto
Doors Open: 10pm
Dress Code: Fashion Forward & Bhang Ready
Tickets: $20 Advance

Reduced Cover guestlist before 11 pm.

For more info, guestlist and/or bottle service click HERE or contact:
  • Amar Ahlawat via EMAIL or at 416.414.2141
  • Gaurav Bhargava via EMAIL or at 416.899.8860
This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Dreams Multicultural Wedding Show 2013
Dreams Wedding Show 2013
Brides by Payal presents:  Dreams Multicultural Wedding Show 2013.

The only multicultural bridal fashion show in GTA! Highlights include:
  • Multicultural bridal fashion show
  • Jewelry fashion show
  • Flower fashion show
  • Costume fashion show
  • FREE iDreams Fashion Magazine
Where: Red Rose Convention Centre
When: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Tickets: $5

Pre-register HERE to get priority access and to be entered into a draw to WIN prizes from Brides by Payal!

Click HERE for more information or contact Dreams Wedding Show via  EMAIL or phone: 647.291.9265.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Bharati is back at the Sony Centre!
Presented by RBC

The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts is pleased to welcome the return of  BHARATI, a spectacular live presentation of the dance, music, fashion, and folk traditions of India.


The cast of BHARATI is comprised of dancers, actors, singers, acrobats and musicians in a powerful tale of love and homecoming. BHARATI tells the story of Siddharth, an Indian-born engineer raised in the United States who returns to his homeland to work on the Ganga Cleaning Project. Cynical and contemptuous of all things Indian, Siddharth finds himself attracted to a mysterious Indian woman named Bharati. As she re-introduces him to the wonders of India, Siddharth ends up discovering his true self, and the meaning of love.


BHARATI features original background music and 19 of the greatest hit songs of Indian cinema, all played and sung live.


Where: The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Performances: February 9 at 2pm and 8pm | February 10 at 2pm

Tickets: $39 - $99 (plus applicable fees and taxes)


Click HERE to purchase tickets online or call 1-855-872-SONY (7669).


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Amjad Ali Khan LIVE in Concert!
Amjad Ali Khan


Amjad Ali Khan was born to the illustrious Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music.


Today he shoulders the sixth generation inheritance of this legendary lineage with his two sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan. Both are well known names in the music scene and referred by the New York Times as "Coming Masters."


'The finest living exponent of the sarod' The Guardian, 2012.


When: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Where: Flato Markham Theatre
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Tickets: Prime $54 | Regular $49


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Untouchable Woman's Odyssey by Suwanda Sugunasiri
Untouchable Woman's Odyssey
"An extraordinary first novel by an accomplished poet" says Prof. Chelva Kanaganayakam, University of Toronto.

The  female and the male protagonists coming from different ethnic / caste backgrounds,  an untouchable woman is the central focus of a tale that is grounded in postcolonial  Sri Lanka but one that is also framed by centuries of history.

However, the novel does not use politics as a peg to anchor the fiction. The political backdrop occurs quite naturally in a social fabric where the political is both necessary and inevitable. Buddhist in its approach to characters and events, the novel adopts the story-within-story technique of the Indian Pancatantra, and the Buddhist Jataka Birth story technique, of a present and past story. "My 75th year gift to humanity".

Click  HERE to read more.

Click HERE to purchase the book.
India's 64th Republic Day Celebrations
Republic Day Celebrations
Come join the celebration!

Panorama India with the support of Consulate General of India invites you to India's 64th Republic Day Celebrations!

A cultural programme showcasing various regions of India featuring:
  • Indian Mela with handicrafts, jewellery, snacks and more!
  • 4th Annual Panorama India Idol
  • Special Symphony Performance of 10 Veena Instrument
  • Folk Dance Competition
  • Drawing Competition for children 15 and under
When: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Where: Pearson Convention Centre
Time: 11am to 5pm
Tickets: FREE

Admission & Parking are FREE!

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Rowenta Beauty presents Anokhi's 10th Anniversary Event

This landmark event, which promises to be ANOKHI MEDIA's most prestigious to date, is in honour of reaching an incredible milestone: 10 years of publishing ANOKHI magazine, with the launch of the 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition releasing in January 2013, in lieu of which this event is being hosted.


ANOKHI's 10th Anniversary issue will highlight a special section honouring the premiere of 'THE PRESTIGE LIST', compiled by ANOKHI's global network, which will celebrate the vast contributions and achievements of internationally successful South Asians who have made their indelible global mark over this past dynamic decade, since ANOKHI magazine's first launch in 2002.


These international "visionaries", "innovators" and "game changers", who inspire by their example, will be notable individuals who have made mammoth leaps forward in the fields of Fashion, Beauty, Film, TV, Music, Media, Technology, Business, Politics & Sports; hailing from Canada, the US, the UK & India.


Select honourees of 'THE PRESTIGE LIST' will be presented with an award during 'THE PRESTIGE AWARDS' show segment.


The event will encompass a 3 segment, dynamic program on Saturday, February, 2, 2013:
  • 6pm - 7:30pm: CELEBRITY RED CARPET RECEPTION, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Main Foyer
    - Bring your cameras
  • 8pm - 11pm: THE 'PRESTIGE' AWARDS SHOW', Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Auditorium
    - With celebrity Designer Fashion Show & musical performances
  • 10pm - 3am: VIP AFTER PARTY, FountainBlu Ballroom
    - With celebrity DJs & Go-Go Dancers

*All attendees will receive a complimentary issue of ANOKHI Magazine's 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition as a thank you gift for 10 years of continued support.*


Tickets starting from $35. Click HERE to buy online now.


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Love Inspired presents What do Women Want?
Love Inspired

Love Inspired is hosting an inspirational social event. The evening will begin with a fun and engaging talk by Dating & Relationship expert Christine Hart, followed by a social mixer so you meet as many individuals as possible and the night will end with an after-party.

Love Inspired's goal is to create events so singles can connect in an authentic and classy environment through meaningful dialogue and conversation. Our events are also fun and engaging for those in relationships as speakers and mixers will be appropriately suited for all.

When: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Where: Atelier Lounger, 510 King St. W, Toronto
Doors open: 6.30pm

Tickets: $40/person (and include appetizers and a complimentary drink)  

Social Mixer and After-party to follow


Click HERE for more information or to purchase your tickets online. 

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Amar Karma's 3rd Annual Valentine's Give a Heart
Amar Karma Give a Heart
Come celebrate the true giving of hearts!

Amar Karma Organ Donation Society invites you to their 3rd Annual Valentine's Give a Heart event!

A Fun Night Out Featuring:
  • Dinner & Dance
  • Entertainment
  • Raffles
  • Skit Competition about giving hearts
  • Volunteer of the Year Award announced
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Where: Bombay Palace, 200 Advance Boulevard
Time: 6pm to 11pm
Tickets: Adult $40 | Children (4-10)- $25

Tickets are available until Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Click HERE for more information about this event and Amar Karma Organ Donation Society.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Race 2
Race 2  
In Race 2, we are exposed to Ranveer's multi faceted personality and his determination to avenge Sonia's killer. We are also reintroduced to RD and his new assistant Cherry who supports him in his endeavors. In his attempt to track Sonia's killer, he meets Armaan and his fiancÚ Omisha along with Aleena. Armaan Mallick heads the Indian mafia in Turkey; and with his partner Aleena they run the shrewdest criminal outfit in the country. Ranveer treads through a world of ruthlessness depending only on his wits to accomplish his goal.


Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor, Ameesha Patel
Director: Abbas-Mustan

Click HERE for more information, showtimes, and to purchase advance tickets online.

MyBindi is a proud promotional partner of Albion and Woodside Cinemas - delivering the best of Bollywood Cinema in the GTA!



In This Bulletin
Luv to Bhang: Bhang to the Past! 80s and 90s Throwback Edition
Dreams Multicultural Wedding Show 2013
Bharati is back at the Sony Centre!
Amjad Ali Khan LIVE in Concert!
Untouchable Woman's Odyssey by Suwanda Sugunasiri
India's 64th Republic Day Celebrations
Rowenta Beauty presents Anokhi's 10th Anniversary Event
Love Inspired presents :: What do Women Want?
Amar Karma's 3rd Annual Valentine's Give a Heart Event
Race 2
What's New on MyBindi
'Race 2' Soundtrack | Racy to the Core!

Indian men are conservative: British designer

30 days that bound a nation - in shame and concern

Bollywood Actresses like to play Journalists

International Lineup of Authors at Jaipur Literature Festival

Canadian composer Mychael Danna wins Golden Globe

Anokhi's 10th Anniversary Event Announces Falguni & Shane Peacock Fashion Show

Where There's a Will - A Review

Vintage fashion, digital prints to rule runways in 2013

Jewel up the dull winter mood - here's how

Interview :: Anuskha Sharma on Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola

Untouchable Woman's Odyssey

Love Inspired explores: What do Women Want?

Race 2 :: Releasing January 25, 2013

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola

BHARATI, The Wonder that is India!

Discover the Dr. Bali Method

Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut :: Are guns the issue or mental health?

Canadian Television Series 'Bomb Girls' Returns to Global in the New Year

Anokhi's 10th Anniversary Event :: First Installment of Attending Celebrities Announced

Think Bigger. Act Bigger. Live Bigger. New Self-help Book Reveals 15 Success Secrets

Brampton Man's Butter Chicken Lasagna Recipe Wins Food Network Contest

Trendy Tips on Turbans

Toronto Poet Sheniz Janmohamed invited to the Jaipur Literature Festival

Travelling Foodie: Desi Eats Abroad

The Taste of Water by Franky Dias

Destination Guide: Ek Tha Istanbul

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
A few years ago I had the privilege of seeing the Dalai Lama at the Rogers' centre here in Toronto.  It was a huge venue, and thousands of people were seated in the stadium waiting for his talk.  The sound of gongs marked his entrance.  As he walked in, I had a distinct physical sensation of his presence, I actually sat back in my seat from the impact.  That sensation has stayed with me ever since.

We all know people like this, they light up a room, all eyes turn to look when they walk in and there is a certain shine around them.   This is the power of the electromagnetic field.  Your aura has the ability to uplift everyone - no words necessarily.  Your aura surrounds your physical body and for most people is about three feet.  For someone  consciously working on their aura, it can extend to nine feet.  Singing and chanting mantras and wearing white are all techniques that expand the aura.  The colour white is the union and reflection of all colours.  A Teacher wears white to hold the space for higher consciousness and to create a powerful presence for her class.

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Wellness Works Blog

As we know, this season has seen a horrible flu epidemic in Canada and in particular in the Eastern US. While getting the flu shot can be very helpful for some, there are also things we can ALL do naturally to help boost our immune system to fight off infections, including the flu virus.


Here are my top 4 ways to naturally get your body's defense at their best:


Sleep is when the body's repairs and rebuilds - especially the immune system. Sleep, especially for children, is key - be sure they are getting 8-10hrs a night and stick to a regular schedule. However, if you feel that they are more fatigued than usual, it may be that their bodies are on the brink of getting a bug - extra sleep will do a body good! Same thing goes for us - don't fight the need to sleep! Better to have a long, good night's rest vs. being sick in bed!

Cut the sugar and processed foods!
Both sugar and processed foods impact the immune system in a negative way. In fact, through a  complex set of reactions in the body, both actually depress the immune system. Try to avoid the obvious: chips, cookies, candies, soda and ice cream. Also, read the labels! Sugar is hidden everywhere: look for ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, sucrose, fructose, barley malt - to name a few.


Click HERE to read more.

Word Blog

Toronto-based spoken word artist and author, Sheniz Janmohamed, has been invited to the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival which will take place in Jaipur, India, from January 24th to 28th, 2013.


Janmohamed will be participating in a panel and/or a performance at the festival, which will be held at the stunning Diggi Palace over the course of five days. She joins a list of accomplished Canadian authors including Anosh Irani, Shauna Singh Baldwin and Wade Davis and as well as Indian luminaries like Shabana Azmi and Gulzar. About Sheniz Janmohamed With over 100 performances under her belt, Sheniz Janmohamed has performed at a variety of events including the TedXYouth Conference in Toronto (2010) and the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver (2012) to name a few. Her book, Bleeding Light , has received international praise and has been taught in numerous Canadian academic institutions including York University and the University of Toronto. Her experience in the art of spoken word spans over eight years and she teaches spoken word in schools across Toronto.  


Click  HERE to read more.
Listen Up Blog

Music Director Vishal Bhardwaj goes desi again with the soundtrack for the film "Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola" which set in Haryana. The music composed by him, completely in sync with the film's setting, seems to be promising. His old partner Gulzar has penned nine numbers for the soundtrack, coupled with two reprise versions.


The album opens with the title track, which is insane and reckless. Yet, it manages to make you groove with incessant energy flowing through the song. Sukhwinder Singh's powerful vocals provide the impetus and he has been complemented well by Ranjit Barot. This one has all the makings of a chartbuster and provides a fine start to the soundtrack.    


Click HERE to read more.
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Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 and 2) - Five hours of blood, gore and fun. Anurag Kashyap's epic revenge saga was, more than anything, a lot of fun to

watch. Packed with smart dialogue, a script that didn't let up and a director who was clearly having a blast while shooting the whole thing, "Gangs of Wasseypur" was an experiment that went right. The grime of the coal mines, the edgy characters and a great ensemble cast meant that audiences left the cinema sated.


English Vinglish - Gauri Shinde got the language of her debut feature right. "English Vinglish" was one of those films that are difficult not to like. Sridevi, in her comeback movie, outshone any actress in any role this year and proved once again that you don't need a male star to make a good Bollywood film. The next time you see someone speak haltingly in English, or any language for that matter, you won't be so quick to judge.   


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Kitchen Confidential Blog
Erstwhile royal families have closely guarded culinary secrets of their kitchens like treasures down the ages. But the struggle to keep the estates sustainable is forcing the descendents to open up.

Nearly six decades after independence, the hosts of the royal palace resorts are opening their recipe books to contribute to the experimental culinary wave sweeping through the kitchens of urban India.

"Cooking a family recipe is like singing a 'ghazal'. It sounds different each time, but you know the flavour. One of our favourites was 'Shahi Sabzi Pulao'," Randhir Singh, scion of the family of the erstwhile Maharaja of Patiala, told IANS.


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30 days that bound a nation - in shame and concern
Rape Protest
A month after a young physiotherapy intern was gang-raped in the Indian capital and 18 days after she died of her injuries, the spotlight stays resolutely on India's women and their status.

She was the faceless woman who bound a nation in concern and shame and made India a talking point across the world. A month after a young physiotherapy intern was gang-raped in the Indian capital and 18 days after she died of her injuries, the spotlight stays resolutely on India's women and their status.

It was on the night of Dec 16 that the 23-year-old and her male friend got on to a bus in Delhi's ...

Click HERE to read more.