June 20, 2013    


Greetings from the UK! 
Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!

As most of you know, I've been in London all this week primarily to discuss strategy and growth for MyBindi's dating website exclusively for South Asians in Canada and USA.  BindiDates was relaunched last month in partnership with AsianD8, the premiere dating website for South Asians in the UK.
We've had an overwhelming response to BindiDates with over 1000 new profiles registered in just the last few weeks. 
Some of the action items that emerge from our strategy meeting include hosting a number of events across Canada which bring together South Asian singles, creating awareness and educating the community on the risks and rewards of online dating, sharing real stories and sensible advice that helps singles make meaningful connections.

To do all this, we will need help!  We're looking for motivated, passionate and dynamic interns to join the BindiDates team and help us plan events, host our singles events, contribute content and have fun along the way.  

This would be a paid internship.  If you or someone you know is interested, please send me an email with your resume!
I will be back in Toronto tomorrow afternoon and will be scheduling interviews next week itself. 

Until then, 


Editor-in-Chief & CEO




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TD Celebrates Hungama 2013
TD Hungama 2013

Leadership in Challenging Times :: Panel Discussion
NetIP Leadership in Challenging Times

NetIP Toronto & Cisco Presents: Leadership In Challenging Times

A Panel Discussion on What it Takes to Triumph over Business Uncertainty

In the last decade, we have witnessed the world fight back from a stock market crash, only to succumb to the greed of the financial markets. We have seen the world work together in a global war against terrorism, but moments like the Boston bombings bring back memories of 9/11. We have faced Katrina, a tsunami, earthquakes, and tornadoes. And in the age of the Internet, Wikileaks will leave no stone unturned.

To survive these challenging times, we rely on the strength of the leaders in our midst. NetIP Toronto brings together four distinguished individuals, each a leader in their own field, to shed some insight on how to stand up to the tough times, and how to position yourself to move past them.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time: 6pm
Where: Cisco Systems, 181 Bay St, Suite 3400
Dress Code: Business Casual
Tickets: Members $5, Non-Members $15 (Food will be provided)

Space is limited so register early HERE.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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The 5th Annual South Asian Canada Day
South Asian Canada Day 2013

South Asian Canada Day is back & bigger than ever!

The 5th annual multicultural event will include Bollywood's top fashion designer Dinesh Ramsay who is preparing his fashion show with SAMA's top models.

This highly anticipated segment is being brought to you by the President of the first South Asian modeling agency, Mala Singh.

The event will also feature:
  • Magician Raj
  • Local English band, "Crossroads"
  • Asad Khan's South Asian band
  • Stand up comedian Mark
  • Odyssey dancer Mukur
  • Local performers
When: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square
Time: 12pm - 7pm
Tickets: This is a FREE event!

Event includes free parking!

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

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Peace Bridge Duty Free :: Luxury Made Affordable
Duty Free

Peace Bridge Duty Free is the largest land border Duty Free shop in North America with 28,000 square feet of retail space.

It is located in Fort Erie, Ontario crossing into Buffalo, New York and is the fastest border crossing in Niagara with direct access to the I90 East and West.

Peace Bridge Duty Free is noted for its luxury name brand products such as Lacoste, Coach, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Maui Jim, Oakley, and more all at tax and duty free prices.

It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and has a full service Tim Horton's and McDonald's, as well as a large food court right on site.

It also offers competitive currency exchange rates, ample motor coach  parking, travel services and a CAA Express satellite office.

Click HERE for more information.
The 41st Annual Festival of India
Festival of India 2013

The 41st Annual Festival of India is a celebration of spiritual experiences of ancient South Asian culture which seamlessly integrates thousands of years of spiritual tradition with modern day lifestyles.

The festival consists of an upbeat, colourful parade down Yonge Street and two days of celebrations at Centre Island expected to draw close to 40,000 people!

A special launch party will be held at Yonge and Dundas Square on July 6, 2013. This pre-festival celebration will provide an enticing preview of the weekend festivities.

When: July 13 - 14, 2013
Where: Centre Island
Time: 11am to 6pm
Tickets: This is a FREE event!

The biggest highlight is the amazing, free vegetarian feast served to all who attend!

The festival will also feature a stunning music, dance and drama showcase, a spiritual yoga festival, a South Asian bazaar, cultural exhibits, a children's area, face-painting, and much more!

Click HERE for more information or call 888.535.3378.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

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Hidayat Hussain Khan & Vineet Vyas in Concert
Raag Mala June 2013

Raag-Mala Musical Society invites you to a performance by Hidayat Hussain Khan (Sitar), Vineet Vyas (Tabla).

Hidayat Hussain Khan, is the son of the legendary maestro, Ustad Vilayat Khan. Hidayat Khan's style of playing, is the 'gayaki ang', a hallmark of his gharana.

Vineet Vyas was trained by his father and in 1987 become a disciple of the legendary late Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Where: Macleod Auditorium, U of T Campus
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $40 | $30 | $20 ($5 member discount)

Click HERE to purchase tickets or call: Razia - 416.417.6739, Rishi - 647.521.3816 or Zahid - 416.995.3968.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Sukhwinder Singh Live in Concert!
Sukhwinder Singh

Arc Events Inc presents Chak de Toronto: Sukhwinder Singh Concert

Be it Khans, Kapoors, Deols or Bachchans this Southall da Munda, has created magic for everyone. Sukhwinder Singh's voice has made Shahrukh Khan groove on 'Chhaiyya Chhaiyya, Salman Khan tap on Dabbang and has reached international fame with his Oscar winning song Jai Ho.

Concert highlights include fashion show organized by SAMA Model Agency, exclusive dhol performance by DHOL Tribe, highly energetic dance performances by Jaado Entertainment and Boss Bhangra group.

ARC Events Inc will be giving away partial proceeds to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Where: Powerade Centre, Brampton
Tickets: $25, $50, $75, $125 VIP, $150 VVIP, $250 dinner included

Click HERE to purchase tickets or call 647.887.0547 / 647-890-0547.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Niagara Festival Festival
Niagara Cricket Festival

Niagara Cricket Festival is an International Prize Money T20 Cricket Tournament and a Festival event happening in one of the most beautiful tourist areas of Canada, the Niagara Falls Region.

Premiere League teams from Canada and US are expected to compete for $4000 prize money in a festive environment.


The festival takes place on June 30th at the Niagara Cricket Center - an international size cricket ground with surrounding Berm capacity to accommodate over 10,000 spectators and fans.


The festival will include:
  • Multicultural Food (Authentic South Asian & Mediterranean Food)
  • Music
  • Half Time Show at 1pm featuring Saima Khan 
  • And of course, high caliber cricket!
When: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Where: Niagara Cricket Center 
Time: Starts at 10am

Tickets: FREE entrance through online pass (Limited Quantity - First Come First Serve)


The event will also include a 2 hour key show that will feature singers and dancers.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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First love in anyone's life holds a special place especially if the memory is filled with the vibrant musings of the city that you grew up in. Benaras holds a special place in Kundan's heart, because not only did he grow up there, but also because it gave him Zoya.

Quiet, beautiful, Zoya was the girl of his dreams. He would follow her everyday to the bazaar, back to her house till one day he mustered the courage to speak to her and tell her his true feelings - his 13 year old heart, smitten by her simplicity.

Raanjhanaa is the story of Kundan, his journey from a 13 year old boy in love who goes on to become a committed, spirited young man. It's the story of love.

Starring: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol
Director: Anand L Rai

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
TD Celebrates Hungama 2013
Leadership in Challenging Times :: Panel Discussion
The 5th Annual South Asian Canada Day
Peace Bridge Duty Free :: Luxury Made Affordable
The 41st Annual Festival of India
Hidayat Hussain Khan & Vineet Vyas in Concert
Sukhwinder Singh Live in Concert!
Niagara Festival Festival
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NetIP NA launches its 22nd Annual Conference 'Dare to be You'

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US President Barack Obama throws weight behind yoga

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

Bollywood stars have no time for me, says Mira Nair

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Salimah My Body My Temple

Imagine your liver.  It sits in the upper right area of your abdomen, protected by your rib cage.  This reddish brown organ weighs about 2 kilograms and is does everything from help digest the French fries you ate last night, helps to heal the cut on your baby finger and stores that extra bit of glucose you used up running for the GO Train.  It's a multitasker for sure.

In both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver, ensures energy and blood flow smoothly throughout the body. It also regulates bile secretion, stores blood, and is connected with the tendons, nails, and eyes.


Emotions like anger, resentment, frustration, irritability, bitterness, "flying off the handle" are also connected to the liver.


Both TCM and ayurveda attribute liver challenges to heat that is trapped in the liver, and they seek to clear and cool the organ through lifestyle changes and herbal treatments.


Ayurveda views the liver as "hot" or "pittic" because the fiery, dynamic energy of pitta-one of the three doshas (along with vata and kapha) that regulate the physiological functions of the body-guides and supports these myriad functions of the liver. Too much fiery energy, can accumulate in the liver and lead to physical problems.  


Ayurveda describes symptoms caused by excess pitta that are very similar to what is called "liver fire" in TCM: headaches; flushed face; red, burning eyes; acne; nosebleeds; and outbursts of anger. Ayurveda adds inflammation, allergies, and symptoms of indigestion (like heartburn) to the list.


Live for Your Liver

Overall, both ancient wisdom and modern science agree that how we live has a huge effect on our livers. So even though you can't avoid chemical contaminants completely, you can keep your liver healthy if you just take care of it by following these 5 suggestions:

Eat Light

  • Eat good-quality food when you are hungry. Avoid overeating (more liver burden) and refined or heavily processed food.

Move your Bowels
  • High-fiber diets help keep the bowels, liver, and blood clean by facilitating elimination. Drink water throughout the day.  And if you drink coffee or tea, add a glass of water for each.
Click HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness

Non-toxic Nails & Toes!


Hello healthy readers! I wanted to provide you some info regarding safer, non-toxic nail polish now that summer is here and that means showing off our beach-ready mani/pedi's!

As you may know, nail polish is VERY toxic - with a list of cancer-causing and other detrimental chemicals as common ingredients. Luckily there are great companies who are producing non-toxic, earth-friendly nail polish which have just the same staying power and colour range as our traditional favourites.

From popular brands, OPI and Essie are common brands that are 'Big 3 Free' - that is Toluene, DBP and Formaldehyde. But other brands go even further.



Click HERE to read more.

Geeta Kitchen Newsletter
Travelling Foodie: Desi Eats Abroad

The more I travel the more similarities I see between cultures. During my trip to Europe and Turkey this fall, I came across traditional Arabic desserts, snacks and drinks that looked and tasted very much like their Indian counterparts. Of course, with India's ancient history with the Mughal empire, a crossover was bound to happen. Here is Desi Globetrotter's guide to decoding the names behind these epicurean delights:

Zlabias = Jalebis 

On my last day in Paris, I came across a small Tunisian bakery in the Latin Quarter. These twisted, bright orange, syrupy sweets in the window display caught my eye.  


Click HERE to read more.

Word Sy
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.

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.


Click HERE to read more.

Practical Parenting

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.