July 11, 2013    


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!
Ramadan Kareem to all our Muslim readers.  May the season of Ramadan be a meaningful time for reflection, meditation and peace for all, inshaAllah. 
Special Imamat Day greetings, as well, to all our Ismaili readers.  

One of the joys of growing up in India was learning about and celebrating so many different religious festivals. But, what can be a better than a festival that celebrates the very essence of India.  Yup, I'm talking about the 41st Annual Festival of India which is this weekend at Centre Island.  I'll be sending you a detailed festival exclusive tomorrow.  So stay tuned.

Speaking of festivals, one date that you need to mark on your calendars is July 28 which is the date of the 2nd Annual Toronto Eid Festival at Woodbine Banquet Hall. With over 50 vendors, a special zakat walkway and FREE iftar dinner for guests, this is a wonderful way to spend Sunday with friends and family.

We've got a fantastic response to our giveaway of FREE passes to the Shye Ben Tzur Concert.  
A delightful fusion of Indian classical music, Muslim Qawwalis and middle eastern influences presented in Hebrew against the melodious backdrop of Spanish guitars!!

That's what you can experience thanks to Shye Ben Tzur!

Working with a cross-cultural ensemble of Rajasthani-Indian and Israeli musicians, his music transcends the seemingly quirky juxtapositions at its core.


Interested?  There's still time to enter or draw for a pair of tickets. Simply do the following: 


1.  Share this article on your facebook page; 

2.  Complete this form to confirm your interest; and

3.  Post a message on our facebook wall telling us you want a pair of tickets to see Shye Ben Tzur.


Winners will be announced the week of July 22 on our Facebook page and via MyBindi's Twitter feed



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Make the BMOst of Summer!
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Get up to $200 cash* when you open a chequing and a savings account with BMO Bank of Montreal ... and make the BMOst of summer! Act now! Offer ends July 31, 2013.

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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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Shye Ben Tzur & Rajasthan Express Live in Concert!
Shye Ben-Tzur & Rajasthan Express Toronto

One of the most talked-about artists at the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival, Israel's Shye Ben Tzur returns to Toronto!

Having studied Indian classical music for over a decade, and immersed himself in Muslim Qawwali music, Shye Ben Tzur has fashioned a wholly unique fusion of Hebrew and Middle Eastern musical influences with those of the Indian sub-continent.

Working with a cross-cultural ensemble of Rajasthani-Indian and Israeli musicians, his music transcends the seemingly quirky juxtapositions at its core: devotional Qawwali music with Hebrew poetry, Indian classical vocals with Spanish guitar, funky bass with pulsating tabla.

When: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Where: The Mod Club
Time: 9pm
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

For tickets please call 416.979.9901. Click HERE for more information.

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Lecture-Demo & Vocal Recitals by Warren Senders & Gauri Guha
Raag Mala July 2013
Raag-Mala Musical Society presents Lecture-Demonstration and Vocal Recitals by Warren Senders & Gauri Guha.

Warren Senders, is a faculty member of Tufts University and The New England Conservatory of Music. Warren's singing is an engaging synthesis of various gharana traditions, with emphasis on his Gwalior-Jaipur lineage. Warren will be accompanied on the Harmonium by Raya Bidaye and on Tabla by Ravi Naimpally.

Gauri Guha, a disciple of the late Pandit A.T. Kanan & Malabika Kanan, is a highly acclaimed vocalist. Gauri will be accompanied on Tabla by Ashok Dutta, and on the Harmonium by Luna Guha.

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Where: St. Michael's College School Theatre
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Tickets: $25 ($5 member discount)

For tickets please call: Razia - 416.417.6739, Rishi - 647.521.3816, Zahid - 416.995.3968.

Click HERE for more information.

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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 50 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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TD Mosaic Festival kicks off with a Comedy Night!
Mosaic Festival Comedy Night

CCAI and TD Mosaic 2013 brings three of the most popular and seriously funny comics from three different countries, Azhar Usman (Allah Made Me Funny fame) from Chicago, Nitin Mirani from Dubai (Komic Sutra fame) and our own Ali Hassan (George Stroumboulopoulos Show fame) in one of a kind Stand Up Comedy show to kick off the TD Mosaic 2013 Festival.


When: Sunday, August 11, 2013

Where: Novotel Hotel, Mississauga on Aug 11th.

Time: Doors open at 5.30pm.

Tickets: $35 (limited quantity available on first come first served basis)


Novotel Hotel will offer special discounted menu in the restaurant and a cash bar in the lounge.


Book your tickets by calling 416.388.9596 or sending us an EMAIL. Tickets are also available at Promenade Gallery: 943B Lakeshore Rd East Mississauga.


Click HERE for more information.


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The year is 1953. A visiting archaeologist called Varun Shrivastav comes to the village of Manikpur in West Bengal to excavate the temple grounds of the local Zamindar. With knowledge and experience beyond his young demeanour, Varun greatly impresses the Zamindar and his family. Especially Pakhi, the Zamindar's feisty and only daughter, who finds herself irrevocably drawn towards him. But Varun isn't all he seems on the surface. And as the simmering attraction between him and Pakhi leads to a tender and deep love, he is forced to choose between her and his past.
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha
Director: Motwane
Where: Albion Cinemas (Etobicoke), York Cinemas (Richmond Hill), and Woodside Cinemas (Scarborough)

MyBindi is a proud promotional partner of Albion Cinemas and York & Woodside Cinemas - delivering the best of Bollywood Cinema in the GTA!



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

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.

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In This Bulletin
Make the BMOst of Summer!
The 41st Annual Festival of India
Shye Ben Tzur & Rajasthan Express Live in Concert!
Lecture-Demo & Vocal Recitals by Warren Senders & Gauri Guha
2nd Annual Toronto Eid Festival
TD Mosaic Festival kicks off with a Comedy Night!
Dare to be You :: 22nd Annual NetIP Conference
What's New on MyBindi

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

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Salimah My Body My Temple

You've booked your time off - stay-cation, cottage, voyage accross the sea - the only thing missing is a list of amazing books to download or lug with you.  Here you go - with love from my office tower colleaugues.  Enjoy the inspiration.
  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Steven Covey
  • The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
  • Something Borrowed - Emily Griffin
  • Anything by Robert Munsch (kids author)
  • Fall on Your Knees - Anne Marie MacDonald
  • The Sister's Brother - Patrick DeWitt
  • The Firm - John Grisham
  • Little Bee - Chris Cleave
  • The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  • Wheat Belly - William Davis
  • 419 - Will Ferguson
  • This is How - Augusten Burroughs
Click  HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness

Stress Less with Supplementation!


I am a huge fan of Adeeva Nutritionals - a Canadian supplement company founded by Dr. James Meschino - my nutrition professor at CMCC as well under whom I studied for my fellowship in Integrative Nutrition.  


This month, his focus is on Stress. Here is a tidbit from his recent newsletter of what stress is and how it affects us and what supplements are clinically proven to help mitigate the effects of stress on our bodies:  


"It's a known fact that stress and anxiety plague 80% of Americans. Stress manifests itself psychologically and physically, with the more common symptoms being fatigue, headache, sleep disturbances, digestive upset, muscle tension, and irritability. Stress is also known to rob the body of essential vitamins and minerals. A healthy diet and smart supplementation with essential nutrients can help the body fight back. To replace your "nutrient fuel tank", look no further than your high-potency multi-vitamin.  


Click HERE to read more.

Savia Music
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's latest motion picture 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'

Award-winning director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's latest motion picture BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG has been heating up the music charts this summer with three smash hit songs with music from Shankar - Ehsaan - Loy.


The Farhan Akhtar-Sonam Kapoor starrer tells the true story of India's original sports hero Olympian Milkha Singh who became known as the "Flying Sikh" thanks to his incredible 96.5% winning ratio.


'Milkha Singh'- for some the name evokes a faint memory from the pages of history.  All that is most remembered is that Milkha Singh, hailed as the Flying Sikh, was a famous athlete who infamously lost the penultimate race of his life.


"The one who lost the 400 meters finals at the Rome Olympics" is an involuntary response when the name Milkha Singh is mentioned.


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.

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.