February 21, 2013   


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.
Congratulations to Vinita Narula, Mazhar Sutarwala, Nikki Singh and Francis Coelho for winning tickets to see the 2013 Canadian Auto Show!
We still have a pair of tickets to give away to the Disney on Ice show in Toronto.  To qualify for a chance to win, simply post a picture on our facebook page of one your kids enjoying winter in Canada!  We'll announce a winner next week.
Alternatively, you can also buy discounted tickets to this show and save up to $15 per ticket.  See details below. 
Until next week! 


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Bombay Nights :: Mardi Gras
Bombay Nights February 2013

Amar Ahlawat & Gaurav Bhargava invite you to Toronto's Official Bollywood Party... Bombay Nights.


Come and experience the sounds of Bollywood in the heart of Toronto. Experience the glamour & glitz of Bollywood as you mix, mingle and dance at Toronto's hottest South Asian party.

Music provided by DJ K-SQUARE.

DJs will be spinning the very best in Bollywood hits, Hindi remixes, bhangra, and Top 40.


When: Saturday, February 23, 201
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Downtown Toronto
Doors Open: 10:30pm


Guest list valid only until 11pm.

Click HERE for more information or contact: 

  • Gaurav at 416.899.8860 or EMAIL
  • Amar at 416.414.2141 or EMAIL

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


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.
Disney on Ice "Rockin' Ever After"
Disney on Ice 2013

Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After, an all-new live production coming to Toronto this March Break. A cast of world-class skaters brings your favourite moments from Disney*Pixar's BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to life in a musical showcase.


When: March 13 - 17, 2013 

Where: Rogers Centre

Discounted ticket price: $12, $23, $36


Ticketmaster promo code:

  • Purchase discount tickets from AV Communications, priced at $12, 23 and $36 plus eliminate fees and taxes!
  • Family four pack: Use promo code AV4100 to get 4 x $42.25 tickets for $100 plus fees and taxes ONLY at ticketmaster.ca


Click HERE for more information. For tickets, please contact AV Communications at 416.866.8882 ext 113 or via EMAIL.


Shabi's Brampton :: Grand Opening
Shabi's Brampton Grand Opening

Shabi's would like to invite YOU to join us in celebrating the opening of our second location in Brampton!

Along side our already existing collection of exquisite designer casual and formal wear we will be launching the first South Asian bridal lounge in North America as well as a full services events department to cater to all your wedding, social, and corporate event needs!

When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 
Time: 3pm - 7pm 
Where: Shabi's Brampton, 8770 The Gore Road Unit 7

For more information please call us 647-478-7896 or EMAIL us.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

The fabulous interior design for Shabi's Brampton is done by Interiors by Art of Living.

Click HERE for more information on Shabi's.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com. 
Villeneuve :: Formula North 2013 Fundraising Gala
Villeneuve Gala

Enjoy an evening flanked by a delicious Indian buffet, Latin dance instruction and a 30-member Jive and Swing Orchestra in order to raise funds for a youth engineering movement within Canada - Formula North 2013!

  • Half-hour Latin Dancing Lesson @ 7:15pm - Hanler Nieves
  • Swing and Jive performance by Skule Orchestra  
Current list of raffle prizes:
  1. Formula Car Driving Experience for 2 - Wings and Slicks Entertainment)
  2. $400 Group Vouchers towards Paintballing! - Paintball Nation 
  3. Prizes and Discount coupons (+ Free Hummus Coupons) towards Paramount Fine Foods Restaurant and Butcher Shop
  4. Discounts by Panago Pizza
When: February 23, 2013
Time: 6.30pm to 12am
Where: Payal Banquet Hall
Tickets: $45/person
Dress Code: Semi-Formal; no jeans, hats or running shoes permitted.

Click HERE or HERE to purchase tickets.

Parking: FREE, Behind the hall.

For more information, contact Cathy D'Souza via EMAIL or 647.300.2406.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Women STRUT for Women 2013!
Women Strut for Women

What: Fred Victor's fab fundraising event - just for women with a bold Bollywood theme.  South Asian tapas, complementary wine, Bollywood dancers, fashion show, silent auction and give-aways.

Also applaud Toronto women who have taken leadership on poverty at the Women with Purpose - Mary Sheffield Awards.

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 6 - 9 pm
Where: The Berkeley Church, 315 Queen Street East
How much: $55. Your receipt is your ticket, so keep it to get in the door!

Why:We are raising ...
  • ... awareness of poverty in our City
  • ... funds to help homeless and low-income women 
Click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets.

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 9, 2013
Where: Rose Theatre Brampton

Tickets: $15

Other cities where Maher Zain and Omar Regan will be performing:
  • Waterloo: March 7
  • Montreal: March 8
  • London: March 10
  • Windsor: March 11
  • St. Catharines: March 12
  • Ottawa: March 14
  • Winnipeg: March 15
  • Calgary: March 16
  • Edmonton: March 17

Click HERE for more information on the event and Islamic Relief.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Kai Po Che!

Singh Best friends Ishaan, Omi and Govind - young, ambitious and restless - are trying to make a mark in the India of the early 2000s.


These are exciting times - a new millennium has just dawned, India's a nuclear power and ostensibly shining - a perfect place for the 3 Ahmedabad boys to start a business that could be their ticket to fame and riches. In a country where cricket is religion, they hit upon a brilliant plan - to start a training academy that could produce India's next sporting superstars!


What follows is without doubt the greatest adventure of their lives, as they attempt to navigate the big hurdles in the path of fulfilling their dreams. Based on Chetan Bhagat's bestselling novel "The 3 Mistakes of My Life", Kai Po Che (meaning a triumphant yell in Gujarati uttered when flying kites) is an unforgettable ode to friendship and the magical moments one shares with one's closest pals - celebrating festivals, drunken dancing, watching cricket matches together, strategizing on how to catch the attention of the cute neighborhood girl, being there to watch each other's back in troubled times and to celebrate one's successes by screaming "Kai Po Che" with full joy!


Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amit Sadh, Amrita Puril
Director: Abhishek Kapoor

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
Bombay Nights :: Mardi Gras
Welcome to the Legacy of the AutoShow
Disney on Ice "Rockin' Ever After"
Shabi's Brampton :: Grand Opening
Villeneuve :: Formula North 2013 Fundraising Gala
Women STRUT for Women 2013!
Islamic Relief presents Maher Zain: Songs for Hope
Kai Po Che!
What's New on MyBindi
25th Anniversary Celebration of
Kalanidhi Fine Arts in Canada

SAPNA & the Region of Peel Work 
Together to Foster Healthier
Environments for South Asians

Sampradaya Dance Creations Offers 
Emerging Artists  A New Platform with
the Horizon Series

Highlights of the 2013 Canadian
International AutoShow

Kai Po Che!

Double Grammy for late Ravi Shankar

Red Fort sound and light show uploaded on YouTube

SPOTLIGHT: Islamic Relief Organzation

KAI PO CHE hits theatres February 22nd

Pravin Vatt is Back with New Film, 'Chronicles of Life'

MyBindi CEO speaks on "Generosity, Sharing and Collaboration"

Formula North: 2013 Villenevue Fundraising Gala fast approaching

Cultural Terrorism: Idea of India Threatened

Movie Review: Vishwaroop

Ban on 'Vishwaroopam' lifted in Tamil Nadu

This March Break, Disney On Ice is back in Toronto!

Spotlight: 2013 Canadian International AutoShow

TiE Institute offers The Road to Entrepreneurship: Focus on Women

Jeet Thayil Wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

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

Roadtrip to Goa: Desi Globetrotter's Favourite Beaches

Treehouse Talks: MyBindi CEO on "The Personal Brand" and its importance for entrepreneurs 

MyBindi on CBC Metro Morning 


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Game On

Two US athletes, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Barry Larkin and Olympian Natasha Watley, are headed to India as sports envoys to encourage youth participation in sports.

During their February 12- 18 trip to India, Larkin and Whatley will lead baseball and softball clinics in New Delhi and Imphal for underserved youth and their coaches, as well as engage in dialogue on sports and diversity, the State Department announced Tuesday.

In both cities, the sports envoys will meet with officials from the Indian Baseball and Softball Associations as well as representatives from NGOs that promote youth sports opportunities.

Throughout the exchange, they will speak with local media about how sports encourage in the development of good sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork skills.  

Click  HERE to read more.

My Body My Temple Blog

I will be teaching Laughter Yoga at the Peace of Minds Yogathon on Saturday, February 23 at 2:30pm.


Click HERE for event details.


The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario provides information and support for people with Schizophrenia,  their families and our communities.  


This is a great opportunity to raise consciousness about mental health, to become aware and informed and serve the needs of others.


I believe in donating funds to organizations doing good work. Flowing money to places of need serves the good of all.  It is also an opportunity to give without expectation and to trust that money will always come. The same is true for open hearted offering of time and knowledge.


I look forward to seeing you on Saturday. 


Click HERE to read more.
Wellness Works Blog

I love kale. I really do. Not only is it a mega superstar superfood, it tastes great too (if done right!) Its packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a definite nutritional bang for your buck!


And kelp... can't say enough about it. Its a sea vegetable thats loaded with iodine, calcium and iron. Though I often take and recommend it in supplement form, there is yet another way to enjoy kelp!

Here are two products that I've recently discovered that you can add to your supergreens repertoire in the kitchen. If you are short on time or just want another way to get some kale or kelp into your life, try these out ... 


Click HERE to read more.

Word Blog

"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 Blog

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.

"It's OK to lose to your father," said the 31-year-old, who is also a sitar player and composer, as she received the award for her father.

Ravi Shankar died in December at the age of 92, after heart surgery at a hospital in La Jolla, California, near San Diego.

Earlier Saturday, Anoushka Shankar and the musician's other daughter, singer Norah Jones accepted the posthumous Grammy Award at a special ceremony in Los Angeles ahead of Sunday's Grammys show.


Click HERE to read more.
Bollywood Bites Blog
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. 

The 27-year-old's official Facebook page - www.facebook.com/DeepikaPadukone - already has over 1,500,00 'likes'. It looks more like a reflection of her life, marking a few milestones in both her career and personal life.

It is a colourful and informative page, with a lot of photographs from her childhood to her current

acting career.


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.

It was a dry pulao that could be improvised with meat arranged in layers, he said.

The pulao, originally cooked by royal chefs, has now been tweaked to suit the low-oil palate.

The pulao can be paired with "Murgh Musallam Laung Elaichi", a sweet and sour dry chicken dish with hints of clove, cardamom, lime juice and honey.


Click HERE to read more.