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August 21, 2013

Editorial Hello, MyBindi fans on the West Coast!
 I hope many of you will be taking advantage of the 22nd Annual NetIP Conference which is just a few weeks away and will be hosted in beautiful San Fran.
If you're looking for great airfares to get there (or anywhere else for that matter) be sure to check out Nanak Flights! They promise the lowest airfares in Canada and worldwide.  
We're seeing a LOT of members from the west coast signing up on BindiDates and I am just thrilled about that!  After all, BindiDates caters exclusively to South Asians in North America.  Check it out and receive two weeks FREE of complimentary premium membership. 

Of course, you can always meet someone the old fashioned way at a family gathering or at an event or party. There's quite a few of the latter coming up. 



As always, if there's an event or an initiative in Vancouver that you'd like us to promote on MyBindi West - please send me an email.


Best Regards, 


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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.



Lowest Airfares from Nanak Flights
Nanak Flights

Nanak Flights has now launched a new online flights booking engine at NanakFlights.com where you can find the lowest price on airfares in Canada and worldwide.

In addition to unbeatable prices and our price drop guarantee that grants you up to $100 credit if the cost of your ticket drops after you purchase it from us, members of mybindi.com will also receive a $10 gas card reward for every ticket booked on the site.


The $10 gas card promotion is exclusive to mybindi members only. Please send an email after the booking is done with a promo code MyBindi10.

Nanak Flights' excellent customer service will inform you regarding any change in your flight schedule or gate changes in a timely fashion.


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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: $375

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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The Jogiya Tour :: Living Legend Gurdas Maan in Concert
Gurdas Maan in Concert

Gurdas Maan brings The Jogiya Tour to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre.

Gurdas Maan was born on 4th January, 1957 in Giddarbaha, Punjab, India. His song "Dil Da Mamala Hai" brought him to national attention in India in 1980. He has recorded over 34 albums and has written over 250 songs. He has toured the globe and charmed audiences with his versatile performances.

When: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Where: Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
Time: 7.30pm - 11.30pm
Tickets: $45 | $55 | $65 | $75 | VIP

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
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Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan :: A Romantic Musical Evening
Alka and Udit in Concert

Don't miss a romantic musical evening with two of Bollywood's popular playback singers: Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. This concert will be extra special because the two singers have the distinction of singing numerous beautiful duets together.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
Time: 7.30pm - 12am
Tickets: $45, $55, $65, $75, $100

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
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Desi Dhamaka and Bollywood Under the Stars
Desi Dhamaka & Bollywood Under the Stars

SAFA is bringing a fun and family oriented South Asian festival to Holland Park in Surrey. End off the summer and bring the kids to a last hurrah before school starts.

Enjoy a fashion show and sign up for our fun competitions: Roti-Making and Kara Race.

Lots of great entertainment from our artist community as well as a Headlining performance from UK Superstar: JASSI SIDHU!

Free admission. Bring your own blankets and lawnchairs.

Following Desi Dhamaka is SAFA's signature outdoor movie screening:

Bollywood Under the Stars 6: Dil Bole Hadippa starring Rani Mukherjee and Shahid Kapoor.

Also free admission.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Where: Holland Park, Surrey
Time: 2pm - 8pm

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
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An Evening to Stand United :: Fundraiser to End Violence
An Evening to Stand United

Sadly violence is a true reality for many of us. Help stop violence through a fundraiser themed: Stopping the War Against Women and Children.

A talented singer/songwriter/comedian named Kelita will entertain us, along with other special guests, a delicious buffet and cash bar, a silent auction and the launch of the SOS project.

This is a night to stand up and support Kamal and join her courageous commitment to speak out against violence in all forms!

Won't you join Kamal and be a voice for the voiceless? Please book your tickets today!

When: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Where: Eagle Quest Golf Course
Time: 6pm - 11.30pm
Tickets: $50 per person or a table of 8 for $350

For tickets or more information click HERE or call Karen: 604.614.5525 | Judy: 604.328.1897 | Kamal 604.866.1385.

Come out and support this event! Show that you care & want to help end violence.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
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Heart to Heart :: Pankaj Udhas in Concert
Pankaj Udhas

Celebrating his 33 years of singing, well-known gazal singer Pankaj Udhas is coming to Vancouver for yet another classic concert.

Pankaj Udhas will regale the audience with his choicest gazals from his more than 50 albums like Aahat, Mukarrar, Mehfil, Nayaab, Aafreen, Shagufta, Nabeel, Lamha & Aashiyana amongst others, and film songs from Naam, Saajan, Ghayal, Mohra, Yeh Dillagi & Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayee.

From 'Chitthi Aayee Hai' to 'Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera', Pankaj Udhas' incredible journey of 33 years will mesmerise audiences for a long time!

When: Saturday,September 14, 2013
Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre
Time: 7.30 PM
Tickets: $35 | $45 | $55 | VIP

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
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In This Bulletin
TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!
Lowest Airfares from Nanak Flights
Dare to be You :: 22nd Annual NetIP Conference
The Jogiya Tour :: Living Legend Gurdas Maan in Concert
Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan :: A Romantic Musical Evening
Desi Dhamaka and Bollywood Under the Stars
An Evening to Stand United :: Fundraiser to End Violence
Heart to Heart :: Pankaj Udhas in Concert
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