January 31, 2013   


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.
We went from -20 (with windchill) to a balmy +14!!  Talk about being in unpredictable times.  What's equally unpredictable is how certain groups may react to films or comments made by actors.
Recently, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan shared his thoughts about being Muslim in a post-911 world and it caused an uproar.  So, this week, SRK published this piece and said maybe he should just talk about the Rs 100 Crore Club!  Is that what we really want?
What's going on here? What's with all this religious polarization?  As my friend, Asma Mahmood says, "Artist are very vulnerable and artistic expression has to be protected at all cost..Intolerance has to be diffused."  I agree! Hopefully, this situation will be addressed satisfactorily.  It's all over the social networks so there's a pretty good discussion and debate on it online and in traditional media.  What are your thoughts?
As much as these recent events in Bollywood pain me, there is one thing that brings me great joy!  The superstar Priyanka Chopra finally released her debut mainstream single, "In my City" featuring wiil.i.am.  Check it out here and let us know what you think!
As it happens, Priyanka is in Toronto this weekend and will be headlining Anokhi Magazine's 10th Anniversary Celebrations.  Maybe she will enthral us all with a special performance! 
Time is running out to book your tickets for MyBindi's special Dinner and Theatre package to any performance of Bharati at the SONY Centre.  You save over $50 with us and get premium orchestra seating!! Book your dinner and show packages here!
Until next week! 


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The 10th Annual Kismet Wedding Show & Magazine
Kismet Wedding Show  Winter 2013

The 10th Annual Kismet Wedding Show and Magazine :: WINTER EDITION

Highlights include:
  • 10 of the top fashion houses in the GTA featuring special finale segment by Satya Paul Canada
  • The Kismet Fashion Zone, featuring Toronto's top fashion consultants from across the city
  • Hosted by: Omni's Bollywood Boulevard's own Veronica Chail
  • Tons of giveaways
  • $25,000 dream wedding giveaway courtesy of Grand Empire Banquet and Convention Centre
  • Enter to WIN an all-inclusive 7-night vacation - courtesy of 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 
When: Sunday February 10, 2013
Where: International Centre Hall 1
Time: 11am to 7pm
Fashion Show: 1.30pm and 4.30pm

EMAIL us for complimentary tickets to the show.

Click HERE for more information.
2013 AutoShow

A glorious past, the best of the present and visions of the future. It's the 40th Anniversary of The Canadian International AutoShow "The Legacy".

The biggest and best AutoShow in Canada has been at the forefront of trends, technology and nostalgia for four decades! Rare exhibits including this year's Auto Exotica: The World's Finest, Canadian Hot Rod Builders Showcase and Eco-Drive are sure to "Wow!" the entire family.

Prizes and more prizes to be won! Auto Lotto, autoCHASE, TADA $40,000 giveaway, The Great VIA Rail Canadian Travel Contest, AutoShowConnect and much more!

Stop by the Febreze Van, pick up your free sample and send odours packing! Don't forget to visit AutoShow.ca to buy your tickets online and save 10% with the e-Ticket Fastlane.

After 40 years, the AutoShow has solidified a prominent
place in Canadian history. It's bigger. It's better. Come celebrate ... The Legacy.

Click HERE for more information.
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).


Bharati Dinner & Show Special!!

Exclusive from MyBindi.com, enjoy this dinner and show special. Each ticket purchased costs less than Ticketmaster prices and gives you a 3 course pre-show dinner (valued at $30) at The Fifth Elementt or Bombay Palace included in the price of your ticket!! Click HERE to purchase this exclusive Dinner and Show package today! 


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.
ANOKHI's 10th Anniversary Event :: Meet PRIYANKA CHOPRA!
Anokhi Gala 2013
ANOKHI MEDIA is pleased to announce the attendance of renowned international artist and superstar, Priyanka Chopra, to Rowenta Beauty presents ANOKHI's 10th Anniversary Event, in association with Johnnie Walker.


ANOKHI is pleased to partner up with Universal Music who are doing a meet and greet with the star on Friday, February 1 at the Bramalea City Centre, which starts at 7pm.


And guess what? We've got 5 pairs of line bypass to give away to Universal's meet and greet which guarantees you and a friend a signed autograph with Priyanka herself! Click HERE on details on how to enter.


This landmark event is in honour of reaching an incredible milestone: 10 years of publishing ANOKHI magazine


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.


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

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


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Box Grove Lions Club :: 3rd Annual Gala
Box Grove Lions Gala 2013

Box Grove Lions Club, Markham is organizing its  3rd Annual Gala Dinner and Dance - a family-fun night to support SickKids Opthalmology Redevelopment Project and Markham Stouffville Hospital's Mental Health Program.

Featuring entertainment by Music Fever with Dance, Shall we Dance, Dances, DJ Music, Indian Cuisine Buffet, Prizes and more!

A Part of proceeds from this GALA will be used to support:
  • Lions A16 donation for Opthalmology Redevelopment Project at Hospital for SickKids. The Department of Opthalmology and Vision Sciences at SickKids is a world renowned eye care center dedicated to advancing the specialty of pediatric ophthalmology and care of children's eye problems.
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital's Mental  Health Program. The second leading cause of disability and premature death in Canada, mental illness affects 1 in every 5 Canadians.
  • Providing financial support and services to help the families, seniors and youth and  environment. 
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Where: J&J Swagat Convention Centre, Markham
Tickets: VIP $50 | Regular $40 Adult, Kids (5-12 yrs) $25

For Tickets and sponsorship contact us via EMAIL or call: Kavita - 416.726.0983 or Neelam - 647.504.0899

Click HERE for more information.

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.
Concert for Social Justice :: An Evening of Expressive Arts
CASSA Concert for Social Justice

Join us for CASSA' s Silver Jubilee Celebration Concert!

This year's event will showcase local artists performing on social and economic justice themes featuring music, dance and poetry. This includes artists such as Jessica Speziale, SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations, Eindui, Troy Jackson, Red Slam, Sheniz Janmohamed, Nivedha, Timaj Garad, Mohammad Ali among many others! There will be an exhibition of paintings and photographs, as well as recognition of human rights activists.

Support the launch of our 3rd Annual Racism Free Ontario campaign! All proceeds from the event will be used towards the Racism Free Ontario campaign.

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2012
Where: Daniels Spectrum, Toronto
Time: 5pm to 10pm
Tickets: $20 General Admission | $10 Student

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Click HERE for more information on CASSA and our other projects.

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 read an exclusive MyBindi interview
with this author.

Click HERE to purchase the book.
Mumbai Mirror
Mumbai Mirror  

A powerful and corrupt dance bar-boss exploits the Mumbai cops to boost his sleazy business; but a daring inspector cracks down on his plans, exposing 'rats' amidst his own men-in-uniform.


Chor Police anyone? We've all played the game. But here comes a new twisted tale to show us that there ain't nothing like a good cop or bad cop. A cop is a cop. That sets the premise for this fast-paced police-drama, filled with bad boys and some good fellas.


Shetty (Prakash Raj) is Mumbai's biggest bhai , owning several dance bars - a 'hot-bed' for other nefarious activities for his customers who are always 'tight'. Abhijeet Patil (Sachiin Joshi) is a cocky, super cool (a tad bit stylish too) and an audaciously overconfident inspector; who shows absolutely no mercy for one burning issue - atyachar against women. Of course, along with the 'khakee' comes some 'grey' too. He beds (one-night-stands), bets (on cricket matches) and snorts coke. On the other side, he hooks up with a pretty and pancaked TV crime reporter, Jiah (Vimala Raman).

Starring: Sachiin J Joshi, Gihana Khan, Prakash Raj, Vimala Raman, Aditya Pancholi, Mahesh Manjrekar
Director: Ankush Bhatt

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
The 10th Annual Kismet Wedding Show & Magazine
Welcome to the Legacy of the AutoShow
Bharati is back at the Sony Centre!
Amjad Ali Khan LIVE in Concert!
ANOKHI's 10th Anniversary Event Welcomes International Superstar PRIYANKA CHOPRA!
Box Grove Lions Club :: 3rd Annual Gala
Amar Karma's 3rd Annual Valentine's Give a Heart Event
Concert for Social Justice :: An Evening of Expressive Arts
Untouchable Woman's Odyssey by Suwanda Sugunasiri
Mumbai Mirror
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"I love Bollywood"- Snoop Dogg

Indian women: Either too fat or too thin

Rock Dominant in 'Inkaar' Soundtrack

Shweta Subram: Canadian singer releases new song 'Piya'

Interview with Suwanda Sugunasiri: Author of Untouchable Woman's Odyssey

Exploring Philanthropy Within Ontario's South Asian Community

Vandana Vishwas' New Album 'Monologues' Premieres Worldwide

Murder 3 Premieres This Valentine's Day!

Spotlight: Boxgrove Lions Club

Roadtrip to Goa: Desi Globetrotter's Favourite Beaches

The Burden of Being a "Khan": SRK Bares it All

Movie Review :: Mumbai Mirror

No More Restrictions on Untied Beards for Sikh Drivers!

Love Inspired explores: What do Women Want?

Indian men are conservative: British designer

30 days that bound a nation - in shame and concern

Bollywood Actresses like to play Journalists

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Vintage fashion, digital prints to rule runways in 2013

Jewel up the dull winter mood - here's how

Untouchable Woman's Odyssey

BHARATI, The Wonder that is India!

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Power Play
by Viresh Fernando

Liberals React Angrily to Leadership Candidate's Arrogance and Ignorance

As 1,700 delegates from across Ontario get ready to converge on Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to elect the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party who will then instantly become the next premier of Ontario, the discussion is all about the contemptuous remarks Sandra Pupatello has made about fellow leadership candidates.


According to the Toronto Star newspaper, at a meeting with its Editorial Board, Pupatello said that the only reason she decided to enter the leadership race because of the terrible year that the Ontario Liberals had and her complete disdain for her fellow candidates.


Click HERE to read more.

Travel Thali Newsletter Image

Ready to escape the Canadian cold? Then strip off your gloves and scarves and let's go to Goa.  For desi travel adventurers heading to the Motherland, Goan beaches and parties are typically on the bucket list...but can seem like a far off dream when stuck with only one past time while abroad - visiting the relatives.  


You know what I'm talking about. We've all been there. Between slurping your umpteenth cup of chai, visiting the distant relative you don't know about and listening to the next door padosan constantlypestering you with "Arey beta, khab shaadi karoge?" your free spirit is dying to go out and explore. And Goa is a good place to start as any.


While visiting a friend in Mumbai, we decided to drive down to her place in Goa - a 12 hour long journey filled with green landscapes, crazy driving manoeuvres, dhaba stops, our favorite house music, laughter and whole lot of bonding time. Goa was the grand finale in my three week trip to India and I was ready to relax and slow down.


Once in Goa, I learned that the state is split into the North and the South. The North part was discovered by the hippies decades ago and is now over run by tourists of all kinds - families, backpackers, domestic Indian travellers, you name it. South Goa is what North Goa was like years ago - up and coming, quieter beaches, has tourists, but not as over populated as the North...yet.

Click HERE to read more.

My Body My Temple Blog
I came across this image last night on Facebook. Posted by one of my former students, it spoke to the essence of the

meditation I have been practicing this week.

The inspiration began on Sunday morning. I did 6 rounds of sun salutations and found myself thinking about my recent move to Mississauga and all the things that have unfolded as a result. Movement creates energy and that energy can be used for transformation. Kinda sorta exactly what I have in mind.

As I thumbed through my collection of meditations I came across the Meditation in Being.

Over this week the meditation has reminded me of the vastness of our human potential and the minute details that sometimes bog us down.  

Click HERE to read more.
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 naturallyep, ess 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

These poignant stories finely depict the lives of immigrants, through the themes of family adjustment, loss, and starting afresh in a new place. Set in suburban Toronto, New Jersey, Texas, and India, they draw out the conflicts in three generations of Indians whose lives interconnect even as they straddle the old and the new. What we sense is both the anguish of loss and the thrill of discovery.


Viswanathan's quiet prose imparts powerful emotions that ring true, and her rendering of cultural clash is truly skillful and nuanced. The depiction of her characters' interior lives is so full and vital that they breathe and walk off the page. The reader is drawn in and completely absorbed into her world of transitions.  


Click HERE to read more.
Listen Up Blog


Popular American rapper Snoop Dogg, who is on his first India tour, says he loves Bollywood and is game for future collaborations with actors and artists. 

The rapper had earlier collaborated with Indian actor Akshay Kumar for 2008 "Singh is Kinng". 

"I love Bollywood. I would most definitely want to do something again. I had fun with Akshay Kumar in 'Singh is Kinng', and I am looking forward to doing it again," the singer said at a press conference here Thursday. 

The 41-year-old also reveals he is looking forward to meeting many producers here.   


"I am looking forward to meeting many producers here. If any Bollywood directors would love to have me in a movie, I am ready," he said.

Click HERE to read more.
Bollywood Bites Blog
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan bares it all on what it means to be a Muslim in the Post-9/11 world and how he became an "inadvertent object of political leaders" in first person account for Outlook Turning Points magazine, published in association with The New York Times newspaper. He also features on the cover of the publication.

Titled "Being a Khan", the write-up appears in the current issue of the magazine and the 47-year-old actor, one of the few Indian actors with international recognition, writes: "I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India." 


Click HERE to read more.
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.


Click HERE to read more.

'David' Has More To It Than Just Intimacy: Monica Dogra
After "Dhobi Ghat", Monica Dogra is eagerly looking forward to the release of her new film "David", but feels sad that the buzz around her intimate scenes with co-star Neil Nitin Mukesh is taking away the essence of the film.

"The scenes have been done in a classy way and the film has a lot more to showcase," she told IANS in an interview.


Directed by Bejoy Nambiar, "David" would be Monica's second outing after 2011 film "Dhobi Ghat". And the actress says she was waiting for the right script to come her way.

"I was waiting for a film, which spoke to me and I really wanted to do this film when I heard the script. Bejoy is a dream director and this character will help me surprise my audience and fanbase. In fact, I surprised myself in the film," she said.

Click HERE to read more.