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March 15, 2013


Hello, MyBindi fans on the West Coast!

This is your last chance to win tickets to see 
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For our friends in Calgary and Edmonton, we're giving away a pair of tickets to enjoy Maher Zain's Songs of Hope concert tour.  The first person on the west coats that posts a message on our facebook page before noon tomorrow, requesting tickets can have them :) 

There's so much going on in Van City over the next few weeks from Holi celebrations to Heritage appreciation.  Check it all out below! 

 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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TD :: Flexible Mortgage Features

At TD, we're used to working with desi financial priorities and ideals.

And we understand the way you feel about a mortgage: the sooner you fully own your own home, the better. So we've designed our TD flexible mortgage to let you manage your mortgage, desi style.

You can increase your payments, pay more frequently or make extra lump sum payments. Pre-payment even lets you take a payment chutti (1) when you need one.

Whatever you choose, you're in control. And that lets you focus on things that are more important than money - like looking after your family or investing in education.

For more information visit the bank preferred by desis at any of our convenient branches or click here and discover how we make mortgages zyada comfortable for you.

(1) Some conditions apply and subject to approval.

Click HERE for more information.
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.
Nach 2 Much :: Post-Secondary Formal
Nach 2 Much
ELITE Vancouver presents the second annual Nach 2 Much Post-Secondary Formal!

Come join other post-secondary students for a night of food, fun, music and dancing! DJ RSM will be spinning!

Don't miss out on this fun event to mix and mingle and have a great night!

This is a STUDENTS ONLY event and Post-Secondary ID is required!

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 7pm- 1am (doors will be open from 7-9:30pm only)
Where: Crown Banquet Hall, Surrey
Tickets: Early bird - $25 | Regular - $30
Dress Code: Indian formal is suggested

Get your early bird tickets quick as there is a limited quantity! Dinner is included in the ticket price.

For tickets, EMAIL the organizers or visit Kamal's Video Palace.

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.
Holi Festival 2013
Holi Festival 2013

Surya Studio presents Holi Festival 2013 and you're invited!

Come for a fun night out filled with entertainment, dancing, food and fun!

This year's theme is Rajasthani, so dress accordingly!

When: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Bollywood Banquet Hall, Surrey
Tickets: $25

Can't make the main event? Stop by from 10am - noon to play Holi with colours for FREE!

For more ticket or event information, contact Surya at 604.781.9008.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
Raise Your Voice for Diabetes - Retro Blue
Retro Blue
An exciting gala benefit hosted by Shaw TV's Johanna Ward. All proceeds will go to Canadian Diabetes Association to help send children with Type 1 diabetes to Camp Kakhamela; a camp owned and operated by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Event Details:
Set in a historical building on Granville Island, it will be an enchanting evening of blue hues, live entertainment and fashion. Sashay from vendor to vendor while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Dance, indulge and mingle to support families and help send their children to Camp Kakhamela.

Dress to impress in your best blue attire!

There will be live entertainment, music, silent auctions, shopping and delicious food!

Where: Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St,  Vancouver
When: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: Advance - $60 | At the Door - $65

Click HERE to purchase your tickets to support this fantastic cause!

** Get a $20 tax receipt upon request! **

Click HERE for more information, including who's spinning!

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
In This Bulletin
TD :: Flexible Mortgage Features
A Brimful of Asha
Islamic Relief presents Maher Zain: Songs for Hope
Nach 2 Much :: Post-Secondary Formal
Bombay Bliss :: Jaz Dhami Live in Vancouver
Punjab Heritage Mela 2013
Holi Festival 2013
Raise Your Voice for Diabetes - Retro Blue
Featured Article :: Getting Candid with Prashant Bhargava

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Motherhood full of contradiction: Nandita Das

Terming motherhood as a "contradiction" of life, actor-director Nandita Das said the happy stereotypical perception about motherhood is very different in reality.

Das was speaking at a book launch of an anthology "Of Mother and Other" at the Indian International Centre here.

"When I was pregnant, no one told me how many difficulties one actually has to face. Everybody is happy and they congratulate you, but nobody shares the issues of motherhood," the actor said.

Click HERE to read more.

Salimah My Body My Temple
Part 1
Take a deep breath.  Close your eyes.  Concentrate this next breath through
your left nostril.  Use your mind to control your breath.  Repeat eleven
times.  In the thirty seconds it takes to  practice this technique, your
body, mind and breath shifts.  It is a fact.  

Part 2
See, sense, feel or imagine the place in your life, in your body, in your mind
where you hold the most tension.  Hold that knowingness.  Come to an
awareness of where you are gripping, holding, or judging. Be with it.  

Part 3
Offer that experience over to your highest consciousness. Turn it over to be forgiven, loved and healed.  It is a choice rather than a request.  It is a here and now experience of consciousness.  It's you. 

Click HERE to read more.

Wellness Shamira


Food Cravings ... Its not your fault!  

Hello readers! This week's blog is short and sweet - I wanted to share with you an article I recently read that really affected me. I mean, I know the food industry spends millions on the science behind flavour and making us want more of the processed goodies they manufacture...but to the extent it is actually happening - I had no idea. Please read this article - it will really make you think about processed foods and why we love them so. Its not our fault. Its their business to make us addicts.

Click HERE to read more.

Listen Up!
 Special Chabbis' Soundtrack Special Treat For Music

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
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.
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Prashant Bhargava's critically acclaimed film PATANG (The Kite) sheds light into India's largest kite festival in the old city of Ahmedabad. PATANG tells the tale of a family that duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in skies above.

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Bhargava took on Patang as a first time director. Through his journey, Bhargava discovered what it really means to be human. Jatinder Bhan speaks candidly with Prashant Bhargava in an exclusive interview on his stance on Patang, filmmaking and finding peace beyond societal differences

What drove you to Film Making?

It's a calling. I began my career with a degree in computer science. I always enjoyed art especially from my younger days as a graffiti artist in Chicago. After a successful commercial career of making intensely layered and ornate ads for many clients from HBO to Accenture, filmmaking was a natural progression. I like to tell stories, empower my audiences to hold on to their happiness. I feel most alive when I'm creating. I love how film making demands one to wear many hats. It's a tough question - because it is just what I do, what I dream about. It just happened and I'm excited to make more!


Click HERE to read more.