July 18, 2013    


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to say hello to us at the MyBindi tent at the 41st Annual Festival of India at Centre Island. 
This summer, we're like City TV, we're everywhere ;).  On Sunday, July 28, come say hello to us at the MyBindi booth at the 2nd Annual Toronto Eid Festival.
With over 50 vendors showcasing designer clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags and accessories this will be a packed event.  There's also FREE iftar dinner
(of flame grilled chicken and rice) courtesy of Chicken~Felays and FREE chai courtesy of TATA Tea.
Admission is FREE too and we'll be doing some great giveaways throughout the day.  Save the date: Sunday, July 28, 2013 from noon to 10 pm at Woodbine Banquet Hall.



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Bombay Nights :: Monsoon Edition
Bombay Nights

Amar Ahlawat & Gaurav Bhargava invite you to Toronto's Official Bollywood Party ... Bombay Nights: Monsoon Edition

Come and experience the sounds of Bollywood at the Hard Rock Cafe! DJs will be spinning the very best in Bollywood Hits | Hindi Remixes | Bhangra | Top 40. Experience the glamour & glitz of Bollywood as you mix, mingle and dance at Toronto's hottest South Asian party.

Please note: This is a Bollywood party & majority of the music will be Bollywood. Music provided by Dj Sid of Empire Entertainment.

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Where: Hard Rock Cafe
Time: 10:30pm to 2:30am
Tickets: $20

Click HERE to purchase advance tickets. Guestlist is only valid until 11pm.

Tweet Simply Gaurav your song requests!

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

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TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!

Shahrukh Khan's favorite tea has arrived in Canada!  India's #1 Tea is now available in Canada from coast to coast.

You can brew Tata's bold malty flavor at home for an authentic taste of India. Welcome India's #1 tea by helping us brew some magic in Canada. Tata Tea, now available at major retailers.



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.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Desi Grocery at 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.
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.

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 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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Make the BMOst of Summer!
BMO Summer Campaign

Summer days are packed with possibilities. Why not make the most of it before it ends?

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.

Visit a branch or click HERE for details. Terms and conditions apply.
9 years ago Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan) was sent into Karachi, Pakistan by the Chief of R&AW Ashwini Rao (Nassar) to report the activities of the Most Wanted Man in India.

9 days ago Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) Indian Armed Forces, MARCOS unit, Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi) R&AW Explosives expert and Aslam (Akash Dhaiya) a petty thief from the streets of Mumbai, recruited by R&AW infiltrated Pakistan to join Wali Khan and carry out the mission to bring back The Most Wanted Man in India.The man who was going to break all ISI protocol and security and attend his own son's wedding. The man who could on that day be abducted and brought back to India to face justice...

Everything was going according to plan till that fateful day. The team sent to bring in The Most Wanted Man in India did the unthinkable. They carried out the most daring operation and almost got away with it. Almost because, something went horribly wrong.

Starring: Arjun Rampal, Irrfan Khan, Huma Qureshi, Rishi Kapoor
Director: Nikhil Advani
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.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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In This Bulletin
Bombay Nights :: Monsoon Edition
TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!
Shye Ben Tzur & Rajasthan Express Live in Concert!
Desi Grocery at FreshCo :: Taaza aur Cheaper
Lecture-Demo & Vocal Recitals by Warren Senders & Gauri Guha
2nd Annual Toronto Eid Festival
TD Mosaic Festival kicks off with a Comedy Night!
Make the BMOst of Summer!
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'

Popular music reconnects to traditional genres in subcontinent

Interview :: Nimisha Mukerji on the making of Blood Relative

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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Salimah My Body My Temple

Imagine the space around you, nine feet in all directions. This is your aura. Animals have hoofs, claws and teeth. Human beings have this divine shield of protection. What happens to you happens in your aura first so having a strong bright aura repels negativity draws in love, joy and peace.

Here are 5 ways to strengthen your aura:

1. Sing out loud
Chose an uplifting song or mantra and belt it out. The sound of your voice changes the vibration of cells in your body and of the Universe itself.

2. Cold Showers
A three minute cold shower feels great in the summer.  The cold water causes toxins to rise to the surface of your skin and  adjusts the electromagnetic frequency of your blood. Avoid wetting the top of your head and pay extra attention to flushing your under arms.

3. Wear white
Blending all the colours and reflecting light is the advantage of wearing white. It is uplifting to the eye and creates a neutral palette for those around you. They see their own highest consciousness and you get to reflect that back to them. Lofty idea and simple to do.

4. Watch those electronics
Keep your personal force field intact by having a device free zone in your home. Plug in and power up away from your bedroom and areas where you rest and relax. Replace dead batteries and purge devices that you no longer use. These electronics carry a latent charge that can affect your aura.


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. Make sure it contains adequate amounts of the following nutrients, by reviewing its ingredients with your healthcare professional. 


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.


The film attempts to understand a catastrophic loss that was deemed a sure victory and explores through the darkness of disgrace; Milkha's redemption, the redemption and catharsis that come when he confronts his past.

Milkha ironically finds himself in a place wherein he had lost his all - Pakistan - a place where he witnessed the bloody massacre of his entire family. The demons hidden in some dark corner of his consciousness come alive.


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:
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.


Click HERE to read more.