June 27, 2013    


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!

There's always a buzz about Thursdays that come before a long weekend. That's because you know that there will be some extra special events around the city that you can participate in.
This Friday, kick off the Canada Day Long Weekend with Toronto's official Bollywood Blockbuster event - This is Bollywood!
If you're a movie buff, celebrate Canada Day with FREE admission to the launch of Ghanchakkar with Chevrolet!


You can see the premiere of the Bollywood comedy starring Emraan Hashmi opposite Vidya Balan for FREE this FRIDAY at 9pm at Albion Cinemas!  Tickets available (while they last) only at Leggat Chevrolet and Applewood Chevrolet.  See details here


If you're following tradition and hosting a BBQ over the Canada Day weekend, head over to FreshCo or Food Basics and check out their specials.  


On Saturday, June 29, celebrate at Chak de Toronto: Sukhwinder Singh live in Concert.
MyBindi has three pairs of tickets to give away
Interested?  Simply do the following to be entered into our draw:
1.  Share this article on your facebook profile; 
2.  Complete this form to confirm your interest; and
3.  Post a comment on our facebook page to let us know you want to be entered into the draw for free tickets to see Sukhwinder Singh live in concert.
Winners will be announced before noon on Saturday, June 29.
Happy Canada Day to all!


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This is Bollywood :: Toronto's Official Bollywood Blockbuster Party
This is Bollywood

Kick off the Canada Day Long Weekend with Toronto's official Bollywood blockbuster event ... This is Bollywood!

Featuring Toronto's top Bollywood DJs:
DJ Alfa | DJ Amita | DJ Lune | DJ KSR

Come out to hear the DJs play the BEST in Bollywood Hits | Top 40 | Bhangra.

Brought to you by the Bollywood Cartel:
Bombay Nights | Besharam | Desi-licious
Amar & Gaurav | Zavare & DJ Amita | Mo Hakim

Inside Toronto's hottest venue located in Liberty Village ... CINEMA.

When: Friday, June 28, 2013
Where: Cinema, 135 Liberty Street
Time: 10pm to 3am
Tickets: $20 (online only)
Dress Code: Fashion Forward & Party Ready

Click HERE to purchase your tickets. This is not a guest list event. Advance/door tickets only!

Bottle service is highly recommended! Click HERE to view the bottle service menu.

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

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FREE tickets to see Ghanchakkar this Friday!
GM Ghanchakkar

Leggat & Applewood Chevrolet want you to see the premiere of the Bollywood comedy starring Emraan Hashmi opposite Vidya Balan for FREE this FRIDAY at 9pm at Albion Cinemas!

Pick up your free tickets while supplies last!


When Sanju (Emraan Hashmi), a suave, master safe cracker wants to retire from a career in crime, he decides to team up with two dangerous criminals to commit one last heist. A bank robbery that will ensure that he never has to worry about money again.


The robbery is successful and everything goes according to plan. Sanju is given the task of hiding the money till things cool down and the money can be split. Three months later, the associates return to collect their share of the loot, but Sanju refuses to even recognize them!


They realize he got into an accident and is suffering from strong amnesia and decide to stay with Sanju and his wife Neetu (Vidya Balan) until Sanju remembers where he hid the money.


Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma, Namit Das
Director: Rajkumar Gupta

Where: Albion Cinemas

Catch the premiere at Albion Cinemas!

Visit Leggat Chevrolet- 360 Rexdale Blvd & Applewood Chevrolet - 3000 Woodchester Drive, Mississauga for FREE tickets!
TD Celebrates Festival of South Asia!
TD FOSA 2013

Desi Grocery at FreshCo :: Taaza aur Cheaper
FreshCo June 27 2013

At FreshCo, fresher doesn't mean more expensive.

Click HERE to view a list of stores with a wide variety of Desi grocery products.
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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Sukhwinder Singh Live in Concert!
Sukhwinder Singh in Concert

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.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Where: Royal Celebrations, 6628 Finch Ave W
Tickets: $50, $75, $100, $150, $250 (dinner included)

Click HERE to purchase tickets or call 647.768.1650 / 647.890.0547.

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

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 North American 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: $350 until June 30

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.
MyBindi Sponsored by

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
This is Bollywood :: Toronto's Official Bollywood Blockbuster Party
REE tickets to see Ghanchakkar this Friday!
TD Celebrates Festival of South Asia!
Desi Grocery at FreshCo :: Taaza aur Cheaper
Peace Bridge Duty Free :: Luxury Made Affordable
The 41st Annual Festival of India
Sukhwinder Singh Live in Concert!
2nd Annual Toronto Eid Festival
Dare to be You :: 22nd Annual NetIP Conference
What's New on MyBindi

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

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

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

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

Popular music reconnects to traditional genres in subcontinent

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 

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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

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seeds!


Have you eaten Chia seeds? If so, good on you! You've consumed a true superfood! Chia seeds, which are native to Mexico and Guatemala is an ancient seed that packs a nutritional punch! Its loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, manganese, calcium and phosphorus!


You can find chia seeds in most health foods stores and can be found in white, darkbrown and black. But avoid the red chia seeds as they are immature seeds or even the black seeds that are smaller than average - those are called weed seeds. Consuming them is EASY - they can be added to anything and won't change the flavour of your dish! And the great thing about them (in my opinion) is if added to a liquid they puff up and form a creamy, gelatinous sphere around them that are so fun to eat! I personally use them in a little bit of coconut milk with some fruit and organic maple syrup to satisfy a dessert craving, because it becomes almost pudding like.


Here are some added benefits of chia seeds:

  • combats type 2 diabetes by slowing digestion
  • fights belly fat by stabilizing blood sugar
  • adds fibre to your diet
  • provides accessible vegetarian omega 3 fatty acids
  • packs in protein along with everything else!

Try them out and see how great they are! You'll love having this superfood in your pantry!


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.