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February 20, 2013

Hello, MyBindi fans on the West Coast!  Have you checked out MyBindi West lately?  It's packed with information and events in your community!
Simon Fraser University is engaging the world.  Join them at their next open house on March 6
Support L.I.F.E. for Children Fundraising Society at their next charitable event,  Dessi Fusion 2013.
If you're into theatre, we have a treat for you! MyBindi is giving away a pair of tickets to A Brimful of Asha at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.
For a chance to win two tickets to see this laugh-out-loud comedy, simply do the following: 
1.  Post a comment on this article
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Winners will be announced on March 1!

You can get a complete listing of all the events on the West Coast and in the Greater Vancouver Area on this convenient link.  


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.


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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.
Islamic Relief presents Maher Zain: Songs for Hope
Maher Zain
The internationally acclaimed singer, Maher Zain partners with Islamic Relief to bring his "Songs of Hope" Tour 2013 to 10 cities in Canada and raise funds for orphans and children in need living in some of the most vulnerable communities across the globe. Joining him will be comedian, Omar Regan.

Last year Maher helped Islamic Relief raise nearly $500,000 for their safe village projects across the globe. This year, he's back to beat that and make an even bigger difference in communities across the globe.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Where: Macewan Ballroom, 2500 University Drive NW
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: $15

Click HERE for more information or call 403.909.8074.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Where: Edmonton Islamic Academy, 14525 127 Street
Time: 6.00pm
Tickets: $25

Click HERE for more information or call 587.988.9246.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
Deepa Kumar on Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
Deepa Kumar is an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University.

Dr. Kumar discusses how racism is as central to contemporary American imperialist policies now as it was when war was waged against North America's original inhabitants. She explores historical encounters between Islam and the west, debunking the myth that these can be understood in terms of a "clash of civilizations".

Dates and Locations

When: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where: Rm. 1700, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

When: Monday, March 4, 2013
Time: 12:30pm - 2pm
Where: UBC Student Union Building, Rm. 207 - 209

When: Monday, March 4, 2013
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where: Conference Centre - Room A - Cedar4 Building 1205A, Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Surrey Campus 12666 72 Avenue

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Time: 12:30 - 2pm
Where: Langara Community College, 100 W. 49Th, Rm. TBA

For more information click HERE or contact Brian Campbell: 604-254-1803 | Kathy Copps: 604-436-4850.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.


Shakti Awards Gala 2013
Shakti Awards 2013

The Shakti Awards were founded in 2000 to recognize and honour women who have displayed Shakti-strength and energy, in their community, locally or globally.


Shakti is the mother Goddess, the source of all, the universal principle of energy, power and creativity and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe.


The Shakti Awards are an opportunity for us to recognize these women and share their vibrant stories. Shakti Awards will be given to women in the community who have exemplified strength in each of the 5 award categories.


The award recipients will be honored at the Shakti Awards Gala and everyone is welcome to join the celebration of these phenomenal women. Appetizers and dinner will be served along with entertainment and dancing.


When: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Where: Bollywood Banquet Hall, 8166 128 Street, Surrey

Doors: 6 pm

Tickets: $30.00


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
Bombay Bliss :: Jaz Dhami Live in Vancouver
Bombay Bliss

Vancity's biggest collaboration ever with Bombay Bliss & Mumbai Rouge coming together in providing you the best Fusion/Bollywood event!

Hosted by Mumbai Rouge, come celebrate the official birthday party for HOD Productions owner, Paul Aulakh!

Music By:
  • DJ Khanvict (Aftershock Roadshow)
  • DJ Supersingh (MiB)
  • DJ B.I.G. (X-Fusion Roadshow)
Spinning The Latest Bhangra/Bollywood/Top40/House/HipHop

When: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Where: Barcelona Nightclub 1180 Granville St, Vancouver
Doors Open: 9 pm
Tickets: $20 General | $30 VIP Meet and Greet

For more info click HERE or call 604.339.7400 | 604.417.1351

Tickets available at:
  • Main Video (Vancouver) - 6615 Main St. Vancouver
  • Kamals Video (Surrey) - 8268 120th St. Surrey - Unit #103
This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
Punjab Heritage Mela 2013
Punjabi Heritage Mela

Aaja Mera Des Vekh Lai TV presents their 2nd Annual Punjab Heritage Mela!

Tickets are $25 per person but after purchasing your ticket, if you go to Barnes and Wheaton and test drive a car, you get your $25 back!

Performances will begin at 6:30pm and a traditional dinner of kheer pure, saag makki di roti, churi, chaat pakore and daal chawal will be served.


Ladies, please wear your gharge, kurtiyaan, parandiyaan, punjabi, jutti and antique jewellery. Men, please wear your chadre, kurta pajama, tore waliyaan paggan with khoonde te parne.

When: Friday, March 22, 2013.
Where: India Banquet Hall,  76 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: $25.00

Click HERE for more information or call 604.961.7800.

Don't miss out on this fun night that's all about our heritage!

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
In This Bulletin
A Brimful of Asha
Islamic Relief presents Maher Zain: Songs for Hope
Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
Shakti Awards Gala 2013
Bombay Bliss :: Jaz Dhami Live in Vancouver
Punjab Heritage Mela 2013

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Salimah My Body My Temple

A sutra is a short phrase or saying that encompasses a great teaching.  Love is part romance, part decision, part curiosity and always evolving.  These ancient wisdoms from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga always deliver the right message at the right time. I go through the list regularly to remind myself of the potential of transformation.  Sometimes I forget one, and that's the one that holds my lesson.

  1. Recognize that the other person is you.
  2. There is a way through every block.
  3. If the pressure is on you, start and the pressure will be off.
Click  HERE to read more.

Wellness Shamira


Love. Its what makes the world go round. Its the theme of songs, movies and life. Love is all there is in the end. And this Valentine's Day - I wanted to blog about love but more importantly, loving yourself. Instead of going into the reasons for why we must love ourselves and why its perhaps the most important thing you can do, I wanted to share some quotes I found on the subject. Accepting yourself for your uniqueness, qualities and flaws all the same, is the key to living a life full of love. Hope these quotes you to remember to love yourself first!

Click HERE to read more.


"It is quite a responsibility to always be stylish", actress Kareena Kapoor said at the launch of her book -- "The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva". She also said the book had something for everyone. "There is something for people from 14 to 35 years. My husband is 40 plus so there has to be something for the 40 plus," Kareena, who co-wrote the book with Rochelle Pinto, said.

The book has Kareena's take on styling and has been published by Shobhaa De Books and Penguin India. 

"When (writer Shobhaa) De called me for this book, I thought I might write a book when I'm 60. What if something more interesting happens 20 years later? But she said it was going to be a style diary."


Click HERE to read more.

Listen Up!
Double Grammy for late
Ravi Shankar

Two months after his death, Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar has won the best world music album Grammy for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1" spanning a wide range of Indian classical styles. He was also honoured with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award.

The maestro's daughter Anoushka, who too was nominated in the same category for her album "Traveller" accepted the Grammy on behalf of her late father at the Grammy awards show here Sunday.  


Click HERE to read more.

Bollywood Bites
Deepika Padukone, who already has over 2.8 million followers on Twitter, is now reaching out to her fans through an official Facebook page.

After two successful films - "Cocktail" and "Race 2", Deepika is extremely excited about her recently launched Facebook page.

"I have never been on Facebook before. Now with this launch, I am really excited to be on this interactive platform and be able to connect with my fans," Deepika said in a statement.


Click HERE to read more.
   Kitchen Confidential
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.

Click HERE to read more.