May 2, 2013   


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!

It's finally here! The warm weather and sunshine we've all been waiting for :)  It's the perfect time to party and what better party than Besharam's 9th Birthday celebrations at a brand new home at Revival

It's also time to start getting excited about some amazing outdoor events and festivals such as DesiFEST - a 12 hour free concert at Yonge Dundas Square or The World Partnership Walk where you can come out and support a wonderful cause.

MyBindi will be at both events and we're very proud to be media sponsors for DesiFest and the World Partnership Walk

There's also festivities such as RUNG at the ROM to look forward to.

Congratulations to the MyBindi fans (listed below) for winning a pair of passes to the South Asian Heritage Day at the ROM
Kulsoom Ahmad 
Mariam Mazhar  
Krishna Daggupaty 
Sofia Johri 
Anil Arora  
We also gave away tickets to the performances of I, Cyclops by InDance and our fans Sanjay Moorjani and Glenda Fordham will enjoy these passes!

Until next week! 


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Besharam Turns 9 at Revival!
Besharam May 2013

 Besharam is turning 9!

Come celebrate Toronto's longest running Bollywood Party at their new home, Revival in the heart of little Italy.

DJ Amita & Guest DJ Sound Theory will be spinning the hottest mixes to keep you dancing all night long!

The anniversary night will also include performances by Broken Dance of Canada's Got Talent and Fame & Delish Treats by Bite Bar.

The first 50 guests will receive $10 gift cards for Brown Man Clothing.

Click HERE to view the hilarious video: Sh*t People Say at Besharam.

When: Friday, May 3, 2013
Where: Revival Bar
Time: 10pm to 3am

Tickets: $10 Women | $20 Gents - All night long!


Bottle service highly recommended!


For song requests contact DJ Amita on Facebook.


For up-to-date details, connect with Besharam on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.


Click HERE for more information on Besharam.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com. 
MyBindi Sponsored by
Punjabi International Film Festival
PIFF 2013

Punjabi International Film Festival (PIFF) - Toronto 2013 will be a five day extravaganza presenting a diverse, language independent, selection of the best feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world, on themes of Punjabi culture and identity.

In addition, the festival will feature concerts, gala events, film parties, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities with government representatives, business leaders, local organizations that support film development, film stars, producers, directors, members of the media and more.

PIFF will be held from May 16 to May 20, 2013 in Ontario, Canada as part of South Asian Heritage Month celebrations.

Exciting and glamorous events planned for the cities of Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga culminating at Brampton's prestigious Rose Theatre.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

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desiFEST 2013
desiFEST 2013

desiFEST presented by TD Bank is back and bigger than ever!

A concert devoted to celebrating South Asian arts & culture.

The 12 hour non-stop music festival will feature:
  • musical & dance performances (mix of local and international artists) 
  • South Asian delicacies from the food market
  • artisans in the merchant market
  • family-friendly activities
TD will also have an on-site presence including:
  • Kids' Zone with a TD Monster Mural
  • bouncy castle
When: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Where: Yonge & Dundas Square

Time: 12 hour long concert

Tickets: This is a FREE concert. All are welcome to #getdesiFIED


Click HERE for more information. 


This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.

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Neha Karamchandani Runs for Miss World Canada 2013 Pageant
Neha Karamchandani
Masters student, Neha Karamchandani hopes to inspire young women and empower underprivileged citizens in one of the world's largest beauty pageants.

Holding a Honours BA in Criminology/Human Rights & Equity Studies from York University, pursuing a Masters degree in Journalism, and frequently travelling between Canada and India, Neha Karamchandani turns heads with her striking beauty, however in the competition to represent her nation at Miss World, she is turning heads for more reasons than just her appearance. In her efforts to serve the global community, Neha has devoted her life to inspiring/motivating young women and empowering underprivileged citizens of the world.

The world renowned, Miss World pageant signifies "Beauty with a Purpose" and Neha's purpose is to motivate and inspire young women, while empowering the less fortunate citizens of the world.


So join her efforts in building a stronger future for our leaders of tomorrow, today!


Click HERE for more information. 

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.


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

Click HERE for your coupon.
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.
 World Partnership Walk :: Toronto
World Partnership Toronto 2013

The World Partnership Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), a non-profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty.


It is Canada's largest fundraising event to help end global poverty.

By participating in the World Partnership Walk you can help AKFC continue its commitment to dozens of poor communities in Asia and Africa where simple yet innovative initiatives are targeting basic needs and empowering citizens.


The World Partnership Walk is the only national, grassroots event that allows you to contribute directly to programs that give poor communities a chance to become self-sufficient.


Getting involved with the World Partnership Walk is easy:
When: May 26, 2013
Where: Metro Hall

Time: 10am - 6pm 


The event will include fun activities and a lively entertainment lineup.  


Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

MyBindi Sponsored by  

Dare to be You :: 22nd Annual NetIP Conference
NetIP NA Conference 2013

NetIP North America is excited to launch the 22nd Annual Conference centered around "Dare to Be You".

As South Asians are beginning to break away from social norms, we can spearhead the movement toward diversifying our lives and professions.

As NetIP's mission is to improve and enhance our community through our 4 pillars, we are sure we can be the forum for South Asians to explore diversity.

As many of us strive to find our place in society and break away from the traditional career and life paths, we realize we are inundated with infinite opportunities and it is important to find avenues to diversify our professions and lives!

Attend the 22nd Annual NetIP Conference and "Dare to Be You"!

When: August 30 - September 2, 2013
Where: Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco Bay area
Tickets: $325 until May 31

Click HERE to register for the conference and purchase tickets.

Click HERE for more information on the conference.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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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
Besharam Turns 9 at Revivall!
Punjabi International Film Festival
desiFEST 2013
South Asian Heritage Day at the ROM
Commemorating 175 years of Indians in the Caribbean
5th Annual I Rock Pink Gala 2013
Save $1.50 on Dempster's Bagels
International Fashion Festival Toronto
World Partnership Walk :: Toronto
Dare to be You :: 22nd Annual NetIP Conference
Lucky Di Unlucky Story
Featured Article :: Fashion File by Fusia
Featured Article :: inDANCE & Bhaskar's Art Academy Premieres, I, Cyclops
What's New on MyBindi
Walk the Walk and change the world at the Toronto World Partnership Walk!

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

IT'S TIME to get desiFIED!

Dare to be You: 22nd Annual NetIP Conference

Water vs. Coke

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

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

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

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"

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


What you think about creates your life.  Gratitude becomes a powerful key to creating more of what you want to experience.

Here are 10 ways to build a gratitude practice into your day.

1.  Thank you

The post powerful prayer is thank you. Appreciating what you already have brings more.



2.  Begin and End the Day

Before you fall asleep at night, mentally list 5 things that you feel grateful for.  Do the same when you wake up.  This ritual sets your day with positivity and success.  

3.  Involve Others

Share this practice with your spouse, children or co-workers.  It builds trust and appreciation by offering an opportunity to share and reflect.  

4. Build with the Alphabet

Go through the alphabet and give thanks for all that comes to your mind with each letter.  Young children especially love this.    


Click HERE to read more.

Word Sy

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

You cannot shun war and run away from the
death and destruction that follows you. You cannot dodge the fear of terrorism, bomb blasts or a fidayeen. You cannot shut yourself to the latest round of intifada or Kani Jung, threatening to suck life out of your hinges.

You cannot avoid these things in the 21st century's new war zone - South Asia. Yet you live, smile, shake off the dust as if nothing happened and move on, braving all odds and, YOU are the hero of 'False Sanctuaries: Stories from the troubled territories of South Asia'.

Freelance journalist and South Asia observer Meenakshi Iyer's debut book is about people in this sub-continent who have kept their hopes alive in hopeless situations, who have failed, or have been failed by their governments, and have yet moved on, alone and undeterred, to face fresh threats awaiting them.


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.
Fashion File by Fusia - Fashion meets compassion a la South Asian style

In May, Fusia Magazine will be launching Fashion File - the South Asian cheat sheet to what's hot now in fashion, cosmetics, and accessories.

Featuring fabulous Canadian and International designers, get your style fix with fun, fearless, and fresh finds in the exclusive debut year of Fashion File, a small but fierce handbook.


Fashion File will showcase designs by India's Ritu Beri, JJ Valaya, Neeta Lulla, and the one and only Jeanne Beker, with her EDIT Spring-Summer collection - could there be a bigger Canadian Fashion Icon? Each glossy page of bold design is eye candy for the fashion soul.


Fear not Fusianistas - you'll still find a good dose of your Fusia Magazine faves. Fashion File also includes a sneak peak of Fusia stories from the entertainment, relationship, and fitness & health sections. And of course, it will cover 'Shopping on a Shoestring', 'You Are What you Wear', and the 'Hot Summer Trends' in fashion & beauty. It's everything you need and everything you didn't know you needed to feed your mind and your soul.


In true Fusia form, Fashion File is very proud to be supporting Free the Children - a non-profit organization committed to the empowerment and education of youth in North America and around the world. Just by purchasing a magazine you will be making a difference... and they hope this will only be the beginning of your journey towards positive change.


Whatever the subject may be, every story written in Fusia is one with purpose. 


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.