April 25, 2013   


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!

A big shout out to FUSIA magazine celebrating its third anniversary tonight!!  While I write these words, fashion meets compassion at the Courthouse.  You can still get there in time for the FUSIA FETE afterparty!  MyBindi is proud to be a media sponsor to Fusia!
In other news, Hot Docs opens tonight in Toronto. MyBindi is thrilled to co-present Blood Relative at Hot Docs this year.  Click here to see the complete line-up of South Asian documentaries at Hot Docs 2013.

We're two weeks away from the FREE screening of The Reluctant Fundamentalist which we're hosting next Thursday! 

Just make your request on our Facebook Page and tell us what aspect of the event attracts you the most.

Winners will be announced next Thursday! 

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Until next week! 


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 Bombay Nights :: Spring Edition
Bombay Nights April 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 downtown Toronto.

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

Music provided by: DJ KARIM

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

When: Saturday April 27, 2013
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto
Doors Open: 10.30 pm

Click HERE to purchase tickets!

Reduced cover and guestlist valid until 11pm only.

Click  HERE for more information or contact:
  • Gaurav - 416.899.8860 or EMAIL 
  • Amar - 416.414.2141 or EMAIL
This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
inDANCE premieres I, Cyclops
inDANCE I Cyclops

inDANCE premieres  I, Cyclops, a new international dance production in collaboration with Singapore's Bhaskar's Arts Academy at the 2013 CanAsian International Dance Festival.

Choreographer Hari Krishnan channels Balanchine's Jewels through his own tripolar dystopian universe. With exquisite dancers and master musicians from India, Singapore, Canada and the UK, this deliciously dangerous work catapults you between the mystical Siva's Third Eye and sexy James Marsden's cool, red shades in Hollywood's X-Men reboot.


I, Cyclops is a post-Modern pan-Asian, multimedia vision that spellbinds you in a dream of seductive eyes & Winnipeg snow; erotic poetry & red silk; marigolds & monsoons; girls' hips & boys' chests; fierce multi-armed Goddesses and hottie Super Heroes! Also on the same program are dance artists Susan Lee of Toronto and Joceylne Montpetit of Montreal

When: May 1 - 2, 2013
Time: 8pm
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre

Tickets: $25 - $30


Click  HERE for more information.


To purchase your tickets click HERE or call 416.973.4000.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
MyBindi Sponsored by
South Asian Heritage Day at the ROM
RUNG SA Heritage Day at ROM


The Royal Ontario Museum and Ethnic Marketing present the vibrant culture of South Asia in Toronto as never before! We call it 'RUNG' - Colors of a Living Culture.

Come with your family to experience several exciting exhibits including Classical and Folk dances, Mughal Miniature paintings, Textile crafts, Calligraphy and Islamic art, Truck Art, Live Story-Telling for children, Photography and delicious South Asian menu at the ROM Cafe!
When: Saturday May 11, 2013

Time: 10am-5pm

Where:  Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Tickets: Adult $12, Child (4-14) $8, Student/
Senior $10.50


Call 1-855-463-8464 NOW for ticket locations across the GTA. Enter promo-code SOUTHASIAN to buy tickets online.


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RUNG - Colors of a living Culture.


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


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.
Small World Music presents the 11th Annual Asian Music Series
Small World Music Asian Music Series
The series celebrates Asian and South Asian Heritage Month , bringing together emerging local artists with legendary figures and communities from across the GTA to celebrate their musical heritage.

Check out the Small World Music line-up ...
  • May 4 - Rajeev Taranath
  • May 12 - Ramneek Singh
  • May 17/18 - Next Music from Tokyo 
  • May 26 - Asian Sound Slam 
  • May 30 - Music for Red Snow
  • June 1 - Kiosk
For full ticket and event information, click HERE or contact Owais Lightwala via EMAIL or call 647.866.7432 


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

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Save $1.50 on Dempster's Bagels
Dempster's Bread

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MyBindi co-presents Blood Relative at Hot Docs
Blood Relative

Thousands of children worldwide suffer from thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder that requires blood transfusions and chelation to reduce iron buildup in their blood.

Without treatment, the disorder can severely stunt growth, trapping sufferers in the bodies of children and causing a myriad of fatal illnesses.

With her second feature doc, Nimisha Mukerji tells the remarkable story of Indian activist Vinay Shetty as he battles poverty, parents' lack of education and the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of a broken medical system in modern India to save hundreds of these kids. The film focuses on the lives of 14-year-old Divya, whose mother believes drastic spiritual healing will be more effective than medical treatment, and Imram, a charmingly unstoppable 24-year-old wannabe rapper who looks 14 and works to support his siblings.


By turns comedic, tragic and above all courageous in the face of political indifference, this observational doc well deserved its VIFF Audience Choice award.  


Blood Relative will be screened at Hot Docs 2013 on the following days:

  • Mon, Apr 29, 9PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Screen 3 
  • Buy Tickets
  • Wed, May 1, 3:30 PM at Scotiabank Theatre, Screen 3 Buy Tickets 
  • Fri, May 3, 1PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Screen 3 Buy Tickets 

Price: $14.60 per ticket 


Click HERE to see the complete line-up of South Asian films at Hot Docs 2013.


Click HERE to visit the Hot Docs Festival website.


Hot Docs 2013 is proudly supported by MyBindi.com and we are thrilled to co-present the film, Blood Relative.
Stand Out! A NetIP Toronto Event for New Graduates and Young Professionals
NetIP Toronto Stand Out Event

Are you a recent graduate looking to STAND OUT? Join NetIP Toronto for an evening targeted towards recent graduates and young professionals looking to stand out from the crowd! This is your chance to enhance the skills needed to launch a successful career.

There will also be a special guest who will be speaking on "Effective Networking".

You will be given the opportunity to meet similar individuals entering the job market, and expand your network as you rise through the ranks together.

Additionally, you will have a chance to meet individuals leading successful careers in a variety of fields and learn about the methods that helped them get to where they are.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Where: West 50 Pourhouse and Grille
Time: 6.30pm (Appetizers Included)
Cost: Member - $5 / Non-member - $10

Click HERE to register for the event as space is limited!

Click HERE to visit the NetIP Toronto Chapter website.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
3rd Annual Impact of Family Violence Conference
Family Violence Conference 2013

The two day event consists of three workshops covering key issues within the South Asian Community.

WORKSHOP 1: Sector Training -on honor- based violence, forced marriages, elder abuse, violence against women & children


WORKSHOP 2: Policy, Legislative and Legal Reform - Presentation and discussion with legal experts on the effects of various immigration policies


WORKSHOP 3: Community Workshops- Information, awareness and dialogue for South Asian youth, seniors and families


To register for Workshop 3 or for any other inquiries please contact Meccana Ali at 905-940-7864 ext. 223 or send her an email


Space is limited.

For more information please click  HERE.

When: May 1 - 2, 2013
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Sheridan College: Davis Campus

Tickets: Early Bird Special $100 - After April 2 $120


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

Commemorating 175 years of Indians in the Caribbean
VCC South Asian Heritage Celebration

Join the Vedic Cultural Centre as they take you through the journey our family members took from India to the Caribbean and learn how their culture has been preserved for the past 175 years.

  • 4pm - 6.30pm: Interactive booths featuring unique and captivating exhibits reflecting the history, culture and heritage of our ancestry. Logie and other artifacts will also be on display.
  • 7pm - 9pm: A drama entitled 'The Whitby and Hesperus 1838 - India to Guyana' Presented by the Panwar Music and Dance Company. 
Keynote speaker Dr. Andra Persaud Thakur (Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Vancouver Island University) will also be present.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: 4pm to 9pm
Where: The Vedic Cultural Centre
Tickets: This event is free

There will also be a cash ethnic food bar where you can pick up your favourite Indo Caribbean vegetarian dishes.

For more information click HERE or contact Adit Kumar, 647.866.1926 or Sharda Bhajan, 416.450.1743 or Norma Jainarine, 416.901.3404.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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5th Annual I Rock Pink Gala 2013
I Rock Pink Gala 2013

I Rock Pink Cancer Relief Inc. cordially invites you to their annual fundraiser I Rock Pink 5th Annual Gala 2013. Your help can empower them to make a real difference in the lives of all people touched by cancer.

Each year, thousands of Canadians are affected by cancer. It not only impacts the individuals living with the disease, but their families, friends and loved ones as well. The 2013 event will focus on raising awareness on all types of cancer. It's also a celebration of life honouring cancer survivors.

Through continued support, we can collectively impact and touch the lives of many!

Join I Rock Pink for a fun night full of performances, live entertainment, and special guest appearances!

When: Friday May 10, 2013
Where: Grand Empire Banquet Hall, Brampton
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $50

Follow I Rock Pink on Facebook and Twitter.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
MyBindi Sponsored by
International Fashion Festival Toronto
IFFT 2013

IFFT - The International Fashion Festival Toronto, 2013

IFFT is a multicultural show that unifies the traditional and modern aspects of the South Asian Fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment industry.

The festival is known for its ethnic and culturally enhanced fashion shows, lifestyle exhibitions, and performances.

IFFT serves as a multicultural hub and an exceptional platform for celebrated fashion designers and renowned supermodels, from all over the world. It is an exuberant experience for all of its participants and an indefinite treat for its guests.

The shows of 2011 and 2012, took the GTA by storm.

Our success has us coming back again in May 2013, bigger than ever, with a more extensive international approach - bringing designers and entertainers from almost
every continent around the globe - to entertain and serve the South Asian communities in Ontario, once again.

Friday May 24, 2013
IFF Special Show

Saturday May 25, 2013
IFF Toronto Art Night at the Lounge

Sunday May 26, 2013
Exclusive Exhibition

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Lucky Di Unlucky Story
Lucky Di Unlucky Story

Lucky Di Unlucky Story is a comic thriller. It deals with a common man's problems in a comic way. Binnu Dhillon and Gurpreet Ghuggi have portrayed the lives of married men whereas Gippy Grewal is single, but still not without troubles.

Click HERE to read more.

Starring: Gippy Grewal, Surveen Chawla, Jaswinder Bhalla, Gurpreet Ghuggi
Director: Smeep Kang

Come watch a different FREE MOVIE every Wednesday at Albion Cinemas. No cost. No catch!

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 :: Spring Edition
inDANCE premieres I, Cyclops
South Asian Heritage Day at the ROM
TD :: Flexible Mortgage Features
Small World Music presents the 11th Annual Asian Music Series
Save $1.50 on Dempster's Bagels
MyBindi co-presents Blood Relative at Hot Docs
Stand Out! A NetIP Toronto Event for New Graduates and Young Professionals
Impact of Family Violence
Commemorating 175 years of Indians in the Caribbean
5th Annual I Rock Pink Gala 2013
International Fashion Festival Toronto
Lucky Di Unlucky Story
Featured Article :: IT'S TIME to get desiFIED!
Featured Article :: inDANCE & Bhaskar's Art Academy Premieres, I, Cyclops
What's New on MyBindi
Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indians in the West Indies

International Fashion Festival Toronto 2013

 'Saadi Galli Aaja' Breezer Mix by Shweta Subram & Studio Unplugged

MyBindi CEO to be a Panelist at 'Get Digital' Seminar Series

IT'S TIME to get desiFIED!

Dare to be You: 22nd Annual NetIP Conference

Small World Music Presents Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Live

Water vs. Coke

 Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri :: Arhant Mahinda - Redactor of the Buddhapåjàva in Sinhala Buddhism

Small World Music presents Ramneek Singh in a special Mother's Day celebration

Dr. Menaka Thakkar Recipient of the 2013 GGPAA

RUNG - South Asian Heritage Day 2013!

Neha Karamchandani Runs for Miss World Canada 2013 Pageant

Popular music reconnects to traditional genres in subcontinent

Most Eligible Bachelors In B-Town

Interview :: Nimisha Mukerji on the making of Blood Relative

I Rock Pink Cancer Relief Inc. presents 5th Annual Gala

MyBindi CEO nominated for RBC's Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award

US President Barack Obama throws weight behind yoga

Bollywood Weddings in 2013

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Fashion File by Fusia - Fashion Meets Compassion a la South Asian Style

inDANCE & Bhaskar's Art Academy Premieres, I, Cyclops

Sunny Leone gyrates to an item song for Bollywood!

Bollywood stars have no time for me, says Mira Nair

Blood Relative

Revisit simple joys of life with 'Chashme Baddoor' soundtrack

'Embrace Indian culture' says Fashion Icon, Manish Malhotra

"False Sanctuaries: Stories from the Troubled Territories of South Asia"

Jolly LLB: Engaging courtroom drama!

Ontario Taking Action to Protect People with Dementia

Small World announces the 11th Annual Asian Music Series

MyBindi CEO inspires women at the ICCC International Women's Day Event

PIFF Back for Second Year

Honeymoon in Thailand: Two Week Itinerary

Experience 'In Living Color' at the ROM

Getting Candid with Prashant Bhargava

Bold gets bolder: Bollywood erotica goes 3D

'The Attacks of 26/11' a stunning wake-up call

"Salaam Bombay" returns to Cinemas

Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Premiere

MyBindi CEO speaks on "Generosity, Sharing and Collaboration"

Cultural Terrorism: Idea of India Threatened

Indian women: Either too fat or too thin

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

MyBindi on CBC Metro Morning 


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Salimah My Body My Temple

The way we use our body, mind and emotions creates our reality, even if that reality is untrue or incomplete.  If we think a thought enough times it starts to feel like the real thing.


In yoga, a visual focal point is called a drishti.  Focusing the eyes on a specific spot steadies the body, keeps the mind alert and directs energy.  A drishti can be used during a physical practice or during meditation.  Each  focal point creates a different effect.

  • Brow Point -- stimulates the pituitary gland, strengthening intuition.  

  • Tip of the Nose -- stimulates the pineal gland and the frontal lobe of the brain, creating new pathways in the brain.  

  • Chin -- This is the moon center gaze, and like the energy of the moon, it brings cooling and calming energy.  It also is very reflective, allowing introspection.
  • Crown chakra -- Focusing the gaze on the top of the head  stimulates it to open.  It also affects the pineal gland.


Click HERE to read more.

Word Sy

 April is National Poetry Month in Canada

The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) sat down to express who they are, what they stand for, and what their goals are and this is what they had to say:


What is the League of Canadian Poets (LCP)?

The LCP is a non-profit arts service organization with a mission to enhance the status of poets, nurture a professional poetic community and facilitate the teaching of Canadian poetry at all levels of education. 


How did the LCP originate?

The LCP was founded in 1966 by a group of five poets to enhance the status of poets and to nurture a professional poetic community, to facilitate the teaching of Canadian poetry at all levels of education.  The League currently serves some 700 members whose work reflects the regional and cultural diversity of Canada.


Why is the LCP needed? 

The LCP develops the audience for poetry by encouraging publication, performance and recognition of Canadian poetry nationally and internationally.


Click HERE to read more.

Wellness Works Blog
Natural Bath/Hygiene Products I Use!

Now that I've reopened my practice, Art of Wellness, I've had patients ask me about natural beauty products and what I use in particular, so I thought this week I'd share my regime with you all! 

By no means are these the only products out there, it just happens to be what I am currently using and enjoying. I do tend to try new things to experiment with product quality and results, but there are some things that are tried, tested and true for me.  


Price-wise, like all things out there, there's a wide range of price points - but I strongly believe in not paying a fortune for great quality, effective natural health products (I'm not interested in paying big markups for marketing... I'm talking to you high-end brands!) so everything I buy is very reasonably priced!


Click HERE to read more.

Listen Up Blog

The soundtrack of director Rohan Sippy's forthcoming romantic-comedy "Nautanki Saala" has a long list of songs and composers have managed to blend elements of romance and comedy very well in the songs. The eight original songs and their reprised, unplugged and remix versions are likely to woo music lovers. 

However, a couple of tracks would have niche listeners as they won't appeal to the masses. 

The album starts with romantic number "Mera mann kehne laga". Sung by Tulsi Kumar, the soothing, happy song can make you dream. The lyrics are dipped in romance and beautifully describe a lover's feelings. 

Its reprise version is sung by Falak Shabir and maintains the romantic flavour, but is slow in pace.


Click HERE to read more.
Bollywood Bites Blog

"Dum hai, Boss!" - the perky young Miss Congeniality in David Dhawan's "Chashme Baddoor", a far cry from the shastriya sangeet trainee tutti fruti-eating Deepti Naval in Sai Paranjpye's film, exclaims whenever she is impressed by her loverboy's dialogue-baazi. 


Exclamation marks are the only punctuations in this seamless comedy of courtship played at an impossibly high octave, without getting shrill.   


Click HERE to read more.
IT'S TIME to get desiFIED!
desiFEST 2013

desiFEST is Canada's only national South Asian music festival. Its focus is on strengthening local communities, inspiring youth, and supporting the ARTS community in Canada.

TD Bank is proud to present... desiFEST taking place on Saturday, May 25th, 2013 in downtown Toronto!

Kick off your summer with thousands celebrating South Asian arts and culture. desiFEST, now in its seventh year, features 12 hours of non-stop musical and dance performances in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square.


desiFEST provides artists a platform to showcase their talent and gives audiences of all ages the opportunity to enjoy all that the South Asian community has to offer.


desiFEST has hosted more than 150 artists, including recording artists Apache Indian, JoSH, Taz & Stereo Nation, The Bilz and Kashif, Parichay, Shweta, Anita Lerche and many more.


"As always, desiFEST will showcase the amazing talents of our community. We are also very excited that TD is our new presenting sponsor. Their vision and community involvement is a perfect fit for desiFEST and our commitment to the South Asian community across Canada. The artists are ready to rock the stage, don't miss out this summer on May 25th!" - Sathish Bala, CEO & Founder, desiFEST.


This year's line-up will showcase a mix of new artists and veterans who have had local and international success over the years.The celebrations will also include South Asian delicacies from the food market, artisans in the merchant market and other family-friendly activities. 

TD will also have an on-site presence including the popular Kids' Zone with a TD Monster Mural and bouncy castle to entertain all ages.


Click HERE to read more.

inDANCE & Bhaskar's Art Academy Premieres, I, Cyclops
I Cyclops

inDANCE is one of Canada's most progressive dance companies. It presents works that are an original synthesis of artistic director Hari Krishnan's South Asian and Western aesthetic sensibilities. While respecting the legacy of tradition, inDANCE boldly investigates post-modern evolutions that place the company on a trajectory that imports influences from the West into its strong and confident idiom of contemporary Asian cultures. The company aims to create work that is daring and radical- dancing outside the box. It produces eclectic, sensual, virtuosic and evocative dance creations that challenge dominant discourses on global culture.

inDANCE's work continues to be presented at prestigious venues in the US, Canada, UK, India, Singapore and Malaysia. This summer, inDANCE has been invited to perform at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series and La Ma Ma Moves (New York City). inDANCE will be in residency at The Yard (Martha's Vineyard) as part of the Bessie Schoenberg choreographic residency. They will also be on tour in Singapore this summer with the Asian premiere of I, Cyclops.

"Hari Krishnan the maverick gadfly is aggressively iconoclastic." Michael Crabb, The Toronto Star.

Hari Krishnan is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance scholar. He is artistic director of Toronto based company inDANCE as well as professor of dance in the department of dance at Wesleyan University (Connecticut). An award winning dance-maker who combines classical elegance and populist echoes, Krishnan is frequently commissioned as a forward thinking, innovative choreographer with an original edge to create works in the US, UK, Canada, Singapore and India.

Click  HERE to read more.