May 30, 2013    


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!

I have two adorable pets.  Our dogs Rolo and  Hearsay are like our family and this Friday, I actually get to party for a cause that is all about PAWS!  If you have pets or love these beautiful people, then come out this Friday Night and show your support at the Party for Paws!
Tonight, I am off to bid farewell to a dear dear friend who is originally from Bombay and, like me, made Toronto her home.  But she is leaving now to make a new home and life for herself in San Francisco!
As a kindred soul from Bombay, I could not think of a better gift to give her (among other things) to accompany her on her flight and be a reminder of her roots than a copy of Bombay Wali and other Stories.  These twelve stories transport her to Bombay and beyond as she forges a new life in the US.

Until next week! 


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FreshCo :: Taaza aur Cheaper

At FreshCo, fresher doesn't mean more expensive.

Click HERE to view a list of stores with a wide variety of Desi grocery products.
Party for Paws :: Fundraiser for Oasis Animal Rescue
Party for Paws

Oasis Animal Rescue will be hosting its first annual fundraiser Party for Paws.

The event promises to be a fun-filled night with live performances by some of Toronto's funniest comics - Aastha Lal, Nitish Sakhuja and Mike Rita. After the comedy show, the party begins with DJ Navin S, who will be spinning the best in Hip Hop, R&B, House and Top 40.The newly renovated and luxurious Proof Vodka Bar acts as the perfect backdrop for this event, with its gorgeous patio and tasteful lounge.    

Proceeds from the event will be going to Oasis Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization committed to saving animals that are abandoned, displaced or homeless.

When: Friday, May 31, 2013
Where: Proof Vodka Bar
Time: 10pm
Tickets: $20 at door (includes admission to the comedy show and after party)

Click HERE to learn more about Oasis and the great work it does.

Click HERE for more information about the fundraiser.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Bombay Wali and Other Stories 
Bombay Wali and Other Stories

Bombay Wali and Other Stories by Veena Gokhale, Guernica Editions, 2013


Journalist Vishwanath Iyer goes on a wild goose chase when a page with important information disappears! At the glamorous Jazz Yatra, stay-at-home professor and caregiver Feroza Billimoria is suddenly confronted with her tragic past. Can Dilip Bodhare, a dalit student on scholarship, survive Big, Bad Bombay?


Twelve tales that transport you to tough, tantalizing Bombay and beyond - Kathmandu, Tokyo, a tropical island.


Click HERE to order your copy, and also enjoy a video intro, interviews, reviews, excerpts, words and images on pinterest and more!  


Like, discover and read Bombay Wali and Other Stories on GoodReads


A former Bombay Wali who now lives in Montreal, Veena would love to hear from you, and read at your event.


"... this collection offers some gems that are both evocative and visually pleasing." - The Rover, an independent review of art and culture.
ICCC Awards and Gala Night
ICCC Awards Gala 2013

The Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) Annual Awards and Gala Night is ICCC's marquee event where we promote trade and commerce between Canada and India and recognize the achievements of the 'Best of the Best' Indo-Canadians from across Canada by presenting awards in several categories.
  • Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement / Humanitarian of the Year
  • Female & Male Entrepreneurs / Female & Male Professionals
  • Young Achievers / Technology Achievement / Corporate Executive
The prestigious business and social event whose theme this year is Partnering Economic Growth - A Time to Soar will host more than a thousand guests and members of all levels of government, leading entrepreneurs, professionals, decision-makers, and academics attend the event.

Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

When: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Time: 6PM
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Center

Click HERE for more information or to purchase your tickets.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Bandish Ke Rang
Pandit Jasraj - Bandish ke Rang

A performance by Pritam Bhattacharjee & his Guru Pandit Jasrajji

The renowned Pandit Jasraj Institute of Toronto (PJIM) presents Pritam Bhattacharjee, an accomplished disciple of Mewati maestro and living legend Pandit Jasrajji. Blessed with a mellifluous voice and exceptional versatility, he has performed widely in India and abroad in prestigious venues and festivals.


At very young age, he has already become not only an accomplished musician but a well known Guru and composer.


The programme will begin with recitals of disciples of Dr. Amit Arya, followed by Pritam Bhattacharjee's performance accompanied by Shri Ravi Naimpally on the Tabla and Dr. Neelesh Nadkarni on the Harmonium.


When: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Where: MiST Theatre, University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus
Time: begins at 3pm

Tickets: $20, $10


To purchase your tickets please EMAIL PJIM or call 647-853-4482.

Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Hire Canada Job Fair & Training Expo
Hire Canada Job Fair June 2013

Looking for a new job or career? Interested in finding out about new training programs?


We invite you to attend our Job Fair & Training Expo!

This is a great opportunity to network with Recruiters, Career Coaches, Resume Advisors and Admissions Staff.


Parking and Admission is FREE!  


When: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Time: 11am - 3pm

Where: Pearson Convention Centre


Hire Canada is a leading Job Fair and Training Expo organization. We are dedicated to assisting organizations in recruiting for full-time, contract, summer, co-op, and part-time positions.


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

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2nd Annual Toronto Eid Festival
Toronto Eid Festival 2013

Dhaagay & MyBindi.com are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Toronto Eid Festival. 


TEF invites you to join them as they educate those seeking a better understanding of Islam, empower

the Muslim community and celebrate the spirit of Eid. 


Festival features include: 

  • Over 60 vendors showcasing great South Asian fashion, jewelry, cuisine and much more
  • Free Iftaar arrangements with halal food
  • Zakaat Walkway
  • A designated Prayer Room
  • Free Parking
When: Friday, July 28, 2013
Where: Woodbine Banquet Hall

Time: 12pm to 10pm


This is a FREE event. We welcome all to attend!


If you have any questions, interested in sponsoring or being featured as a vendor please EMAIL the TEF Committee .


Click HERE for more information.


This event is proudly co-presented by MyBindi.com.

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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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Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani

Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani is the story of the relationship between two characters, Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) & Naina (Deepika Padukone), at two separate but defining times in their lives - First, when they are just out of college and standing on the crossroads of multiple decisions that will shape who and what they become... and then later on, in their late-twenties when they meet again, holding on to certain fulfilled and certain unfulfilled dreams, at a crossroads of another nature.

How these two characters affect, change, befriend and eventually fall in love with each other is the journey the film aspires to take us on!

Click HERE to read more.

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechin
Director: Ayan Mukherji

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
FreshCo :: Taaza aur Cheaper
Party for Paws :: Fundraiser for Oasis Animal Rescue
Bombay Wali and Other Stories by Veena Gokhale
ICCC Awards and Gala Night
Bandish Ke Rang
Hire Canada Job Fair & Training Expo
2nd Annual Toronto Eid Festival
Dare to be You :: 22nd Annual NetIP Conference
Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani
What's New on MyBindi
Celebrate South Asian Canada Day!

NetIP NA launches its 22nd Annual Conference 'Dare to be You'

Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music in Toronto presents Bandish Ke Rang

The Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce Organizes its Annual Awards & Gala Night

Interview :: Author Veena Gokhale on her latest book 'Bombay Wali and Other Stories'

Sampradaya Dance Creations Partners with FILMI to Launch Children's Film Festival

Launch of Local Cricket Tournament Scores for The Scarborough Hospital

A Passage to Bombay and Beyond...

'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2' Movie Synopsis

Canadian Hip-Hop Veejay Commemorated on Trading Card!

Fundraiser in Support of Oasis Animal Rescue

Interview :: Gurpreet Singh Sarin on Life After 'American Idol'

South Asian Heritage Day filled ROM with vibrant colours

Sunehri Yaadein Brings to Life Bollywood's Golden Era

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

Water vs. Coke

Popular music reconnects to traditional genres in subcontinent

Most Eligible Bachelors In B-Town

Interview :: Nimisha Mukerji on the making of Blood Relative

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

Bollywood stars have no time for me, says Mira Nair

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

MyBindi CEO speaks on "Generosity, Sharing and Collaboration"

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

MyBindi on CBC Metro Morning 


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love nutrition and all things healthy - but one thing I'm not is a baker. I enjoy cooking, not baking. I've been told people are usually one or the other - I am definitely more of a cook. If I'm going to slave in the kitchen, I want a meal out of it, not something to have with tea!

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A Passage to Bombay and Beyond...

Are there any stories left to tell about India's most fascinating city?

Yes, most definitely yes, says Veena Gokhale, author of Bombay Wali and other stories, recently released by Canadian publisher Guernica Editions.


Bombay, like New York, Paris, London and other world cities, is teeming with tantalizing tales!


"Six of the 12 stories in my book reflect the slum-speckled, City of Gold I knew in the 1980s," says Gokhale.  


"I was a college student and then a journalist in Bombay, and it had not been renamed Mumbai then.  


I wrote the stories in Toronto nearly 10 years later. I was doing my Masters at York University and the stories started tumbling out.


Click HERE to read more.

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Click HERE to read more.

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"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.