February 28, 2013   


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.
It's the last day of February but it's certainly not the last we've seen of winter! For some MyBindi fans that's not such a bad thing!  Our fans Pooja Kaushal, Aastha Sahni, Mariam Mazhar, and Rashid Sheikh will be enjoying the Disney on Ice show courtesy of MyBindi.com, with some very special little people :)
Remember, you can also buy discounted tickets to this show and save up to $15 per ticket.  See details below. 
Are you ready for our next promotion/giveaway? This time, we're giving away tickets to this South Asian speed dating event being hosted by Love Inspired in collaboration with Single in the City.  To nominate someone to attend this event (yes, you can even nominate yourself) all you have to do is: 
2.  Post a message on our facebook wall and tell us whom you are nominating (you can say it's a friend, my brother, my sister etc. if you do not wish to name names) to attend this Speed Dating event and share one quality that you most admire about this person.
3.  Make sure that the person you nominate is also following us (by liking our fan page on facebook).
That's all. MyBindi will read all nominations and if you win, you will receive a ticket to gift to this person (or yourself). Winners will be announced by March 15
so you have lots of time to think about your nominations. You can nominate as many people as you like so long as you comply with all the requirements above for each nomination.
Here's something else that will warm your heart.  Adnan Sami has confirmed his Toronto dates and will be performing LIVE at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on March 22!!  Tickets are already on sale and they're going FAST!! Get yours here ASAP.
I am excited about attending DIL's Annual Fundraiser and Gala which is this Saturday! MyBindi has been supporting all the good work being done by DIL Canada for many years now.  Tickets to the Gala are now sold out but you can still donate to this very deserving organization! 
Until next week! 


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25th Anniversary Celebration of Kalanidhi Fine Arts in Canada
KalaNidhi Festival

Artistic Director Sudha Khandwani marks 25 years of presenting landmark festivals and conferences in Canada that feature the finest classical and contemporary Indian dance artists from around the world.


There will be some special performances of Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kalaripayattu and Contemporary dance.


Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
When: March 14 -March 16, 2013

Tickets: General Admission - $30 | Students/Seniors - $25


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Adnan Sami: Live in Concert in Toronto!
Adnan Sami 2013

Adnan Sami, the Legend is BACK for in the Greater Toronto Area.

Musician, actor and composer Adnan Sami received his formal training in Indian classical music from the famous Santoor Maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.


Specializing in Asian and Western styles and instrumentation, his career has spanned classical music (Indian and Western), jazz and modern pop-rock.


Currently he resides in Mumbai, India.


When: Friday, March 22, 2013.
Time: 8pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $45- $125


Don't miss out on seeing this talented performer live in concert!


Click HERE for more information. 


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


Anand Patwardhan Masters' Series Class with DOC Toronto
DOC Toronto Anand Patwardhan

On March 4, 2013, DOC Toronto will feature one of India's most notable documentary filmmakers, Anand Patwardhan, at Camera Bar.

Patwardhan is known for his activism through social action documentaries on topics including corruption, slum dwellers, nuclear arms, citizen activism and communalism. Many of his films were at one time banned by state television channels in India and became the subject of litigation by Patwardhan who successfully challenged the censorship rulings in court.

With host Ali Kazimi, filmmaker and associate professor in the Department of Film at York University, Patwardhan will use examples from films shot over his thirty-year career to discuss his creative process as a director, cinematographer and editor; censorship and social issue filmmaking; and the filmmaker-subject relationship. There will also be time for questions from the audience.

When: Monday, March 4, 2013.
Time: 7:00pm- 10:30pm
Where: Camera Bar, 1028 Queen St W. Toronto
Tickets: $40 - $65

Click HERE for more information.

Anand Patwardhan appears under the auspices of the Shan and Jay Chandrasekar Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency program, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
DIL :: Quality Education to Disadvantaged Children
DIL 2013

Developments in Literacy (DIL) is a registered charity dedicated to providing quality education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, by establishing and operating schools in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan, with a strong focus on gender equality and community participation.

DIL currently runs 150 schools in all four provinces of Pakistan and has a total student strength of 15,000 plus of which Canada supports 6 schools. The Orangi and Khairpur Projects with 53 schools all together, comprise the Sindh Program. Both projects, though operating in very different areas, one remote rural and the other urban slum, continue to focus on the girl child as per DIL Policy: preference in enrollment and scholarships is given to girls and a lot of effort is put into community motivation to persuade parents to send their daughters to school.

Click HERE to read more about DIL.

DIL is hosting it's annual Gala, an evening of entertainment and fine dining, on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Click HERE for more information.

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.


Dil Se :: South Asian Cultural Show
Dil Se 2013

Dil Se is a hindi phrase that means "From the Heart".

Dil Se is a platform to celebrate Indian culture through an exhibition of various performing arts, and of course food!

This year, we have a number of popular returning acts such as GunSmith, accompanied by fresh new university wide talent, including a fusion song and dance group as well as established dance teams.

The event is an open and inclusive event, with a goal to provide performers an audience to showcase their talent and commitment to the Indian art forms. Everyone is welcome and invited to audition for a performance spot.

To audition for our event or for details on tickets, please contact Shailin Gosalia via EMAIL  or 647.377.2798.

We hope to see you for a night of fun, entertainment, and talent, followed by a full course dinner. Make sure to grab an early bird ticket while they last!

When: Friday, March 15, 2013
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: JJR Macleod Auditorium, 1 Kings College Circle

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


The Attacks of 26/11
Attack 26/11

The Attacks of 26/11 movie is a crime-thriller based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks.


This movie gives you an insight of 26/11, when 9 trained terrorists held Mumbai hostage for 60 hours causing Mumbai under terror.

Starring: Nana Patekar, Sanjeev Jaiswal, Atul Kulkarni
Director: Ram Gopal Varma

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
25th Anniversary Celebration of Kalanidhi Fine Arts in Canada
Adnan Sami: Live in Concert in Toronto!
Anand Patwardhan Masters' Series Class with DOC Toronto
DIL :: Quality Education to Disadvantaged Children
Women STRUT for Women 2013!
Islamic Relief presents Maher Zain: Songs for Hope
Dil Se :: South Asian Cultural Show
The Attacks of 26/11
What's New on MyBindi
 DOC Toronto presents Masters' Series Class

SAPNA and the Region of Peel Initiate Dialogue Around Healthier Environments For Canadian South Asians

Women Strut for Women 2013!

Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Premiere

PranaShanti Yoga Centre in Ottawa offers introductory special

WE- Elite: A Women's Networking Club

2013 Kalanidhi Festival Performers

Showcase of the Artists being featured at the Promenade Gallery

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

SPOTLIGHT: Islamic Relief Organzation

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

MyBindi CEO speaks on "Generosity, Sharing and Collaboration"

Cultural Terrorism: Idea of India Threatened

Ban on 'Vishwaroopam' lifted in Tamil Nadu

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

Indian women: Either too fat or too thin

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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Power Play

 Ex Indian Canadian MP Quits Amid Tax-Evasion Charges

Sukh Dhaliwal, a former Indian Canadian member of parliament, has resigned as a British Columbia Liberal Party candidate in the coming provincial election amid tax-evasion charges, media reports said.

An emotional Dhaliwal addressed a hastily called news conference Friday at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey, where just days earlier he held a fundraiser with Premier Christy Clark attended by 800 supporters, Vancouver Sun reported.

Dhaliwal's resignation came hours after the BC Liberals announced a review of his candidacy and confirmed that he only notified the party of the tax charges after The Vancouver Sun obtained the court documents and called for comment, the newspaper said.

Click HERE to read more.

Practical Parenting

Bilingual Babies Know Grammar By 7 Months

Babies can differentiate between two languages and begin to learn them with vast, different grammatical structures, even at seven months, says a new research.

The study shows that infants in bilingual environments use pitch and duration cues to discriminate between languages - such as English and Japanese - with opposite word orders.

In English, a function word comes before a content word (the dog, his hat, with friends, for example) and the duration of the content word is longer, while in Japanese or Hindi, the order is reversed, and the pitch of the content word higher, the journal Nature Communications reports.

Click HERE to learn more.

Game On
Cinema and sports, the two abiding loves of Indians all over, are intersecting as never before. If sports stars are turning actors and producers and providing creative fodder for Bollywood filmmakers, tinsel town is also doing its bit by pumping in money and providing glitz to various sports leagues.

It's a unique, symbiotic relationship and it's getting stronger.

Bollywood films on London Olympics bronze medalist M.C. Mary Kom and 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh are already in the pipeline, while actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty are doing their bit in promoting various sports.

Click  HERE to read more.

My Body My Temple Blog

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.
  4. Understand through Compassion or your will misunderstand the times.
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.

Listen Up Blog

Neeraj Pandey returns to direction after four years and his latest film "Special Chabbis" looks as invigorating as his first film "A Wednesday". The soundtrack too seems good with five original tracks. Four songs have been penned by Irshad Kamil and composed by M.M. Kreem, while Himesh Reshammiya has chipped in with a composition with lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed. 


First up is "Tujh sang lagee". A soulful rendition by KK, the song has a qawwali touch and Sufi energy flowing incessantly. The sound of the Sarangi and other Indian instruments also play a vital role by keeping you in sync with the song.


Click HERE to read more.
Bollywood Bites Blog
Mira Nair's much-awaited global thriller, 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, and Shabana Azmireleases in theaters on April 26. The brand new trailer and poster have premiered for this eagerly anticipated motion picture event which is based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid. 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' was the opening night selection at the prestigious Venice Film Festival and will now hit theaters nationwide this spring.

The story begins in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistaniman named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States.


Click HERE to read more.