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January 22, 2013

Happy New Year (yes, yes, I know it's the end of January) but, hey, this is our first MyBindi West Newsletter in 2013! 

And, it seems like the party continues for the Desi community on the West!   
This Thursday, all the action is at the Barcelona Nightclub at Mumbai Rouge | The Masquerade Edition. 

On Friday night, Welcome to Reality and bring your party spirit to help raise funds for The Heart & Stroke Foundation Of Canada. 


Nurture the spirit of giving while having a good time on February 2 at the 19th Annual Culture Show "Exhibition India" hosted by the UBC Bhangra Club!  This year, they are supporting the Make A Wish Foundation.

If you prefer the theatre scene, you're in for a treat!  After a sold-out season in Toronto, the laugh-out-loud comedy, A Brimful of Asha, comes to the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC for a limited engagement.  You won't want to miss this performance.  Save the date and get your tickets ASAP.


You can get a complete listing of all the events on the West Coast and in the Greater Vancouver Area on this convenient link.  Alternatively, simply check in at Mybindi West to catch up on news, stories and local celebrity features. 


As always, if there's an event or an initiative in Vancouver that you'd like us to promote on MyBindi West - please send me an email.


In the meantime, check out this list of all upcoming events on the west coast


Best Regards,


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Mumbai Rouge :: Masquerade Edition
Mumbai Rouge
Yesterday Music Was A Mystery ... Today We Are Ready To Make History

Bass2Base & X-Fusion Proudly Present: Mumbai Rouge | Masquerade Edition


The Official High Voltage Mixtape Release Party!


DJs Of The Night: High Voltage, BIG, Xtatic & Blitzed


Spinning The Best Top 40, House, Bhangra & Bollywood


Stags, Birthdays and Group VIP's all welcome!


When: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Where: Barcelona NightClub

Doors open: 9.30pm

Advance Tickets: $10 (limited)


Click HERE for more information.

Welcome To Reality :: The Sickest Party Of 2013
Welcome To Reality :: The Sickest Party Of 2013

The party will take place on January 25th 2013 at Royal King Palace in Surrey BC. The party is to help raise money for The Heart & Stroke Foundation Of Canada. Don't be mistaken it will be a sick party.


All proceeds will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

When: Friday, 25 January, 2013

Where: Royal King Palace, Surray 

Time: Doors Open at 7:30 & Close at 8:30. Party will be until 12:30.


For tickets call Karman Kang 604.613.6753 or Prabh Khatkar 604.339.0997.


If any fighting or confrontation occurs you will be kicked out of party instantly. Dry Event.


We also have the authority to deny access for anyone not following the basic rules that have been implied.


Click HERE for more information.

It's A Girl | Film Screening
It's a Girl

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called "gendercide".


Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.


The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.


Shot on location in India and China, It's a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women. The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls,of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters' lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.


GirlKIND is proud to present another screening of a Shadowline Film "It's A Girl," to Surrey, BC. Please join us for an informative and inspiring evening.


When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Conference Room, Surrey

Time: 5:30pm

Tickets: $10


Click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets.

A Brimful of Asha
A Brimful of Asha
by Asha and Ravi Jain
Directed by Ravi Jain

"a warm, fresh piece of theatre" The Globe and Mail

Real-life mother and son, Asha and Ravi Jain, each defend their side of this true (and very Canadian) story of generational and cultural clash.

When Ravi takes a trip to India his parents decide it is the perfect time to introduce him to potential brides. Ravi is not sold on the idea of getting married-at least not yet-but Asha fears that time is running out.

When: March 12 - 17, 2013
Where: Belfry Theatre, Victoria, BC

Click HERE for more information and tickets or call 250.385.6815.

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.
In This Bulletin
Mumbai Rouge :: Masquerade Edition
Welcome To Reality :: The Sickest Party Of 2013Article Headline
It's A Girl :: Film Screening
A Brimful of Asha
Untouchable Woman's Odyssey by Suwanda Sugunasiri

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Click HERE to read more.

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