September 12, 2013 


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!
I just returned from Washington (DC) yesterday and have launched right into TIFF!!  Did you get a chance to check out some of the movies from theSouth Asian line up at TIFF 2013.?

Want our help to decide which movies are worth checking out?  MyBindi's TIFF correspondent, Preeti Thandi, has lined up review for you of the following TIFF movies:
TIFF also means some great parties.  This Saturday, the
dynamic duo Amar & Gaurav present TIFF Weekend Celebration Soiree ... 100 Years of Bollywood.

And when TIFF ends, the film festival continues as MyBindi launches right into FILMI - Toronto's South Asian Film Festival  which runs from September 26 to 29.  Stay tuned :)  

Until next week, 



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TIFF Weekend ...100 Years of Bollywood
Amar + Gaurav 100 Years of Bollywood

From the dynamic duo that have brought you TIFF parties for South Asian movies since 2009 ...

Amar & Gaurav present TIFF Weekend Celebration Soiree ... 100 Years of Bollywood.

To celebrate in true Bollywood style, music will be provided by: Canada's Hottest female DJ from Vancouver: DJ Goddess & Canada's #1 South Asian DJ from Toronto: DJ KSR.

Spinning the BEST in ... Bollywood | Bhangra | Top 40!

When: Saturday, September 14, 2013 
Where: Hard Rock Cafe 
Time: 10:30pm to 2:30am 
Tickets: Advance tickets $20.00  
Dress Code: Fashion Forward & Party Ready

Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

Please note this is NOT a guestlist event, admission only via advance tickets and/or door tickets. Tickets at the door will be MORE in price.

For more information/tickets, please contact:
  • Gaurav - 416.899.8860 or via EMAIL 
  • Amar - 416.414.2141 or EMAIL 
Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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TIFF Screening: Faith Connections
Faith Connections

Watch ' Faith Connections' by critically acclaimed director Pan Nalin as he sheds light onto human stories that are bound by faith.

100 Million People. 55 Days. 5 Stories. 1 Faith. It is against the backdrop of the Kumbh Mela, the world's largest religious gathering, that director Pan Nalin (Samsara, Valley of Flowers) finds and juxtaposes five stories of faith, pot, yoga and family.

"A spectacular, openhearted documentary that explores the frontiers of devotion." - Cameron Bailey

Click HERE to read an exclusive interview with Pan Nalin.

When: September 15, 2013
Where: Scotiabank 11
Time: 9am
Tickets: Adult $23.50, Child $14.50, Senior $20.25, Under 25 $17

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
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TIFF: South Asian Lineup!
TIFF South Asian Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September.

TIFF has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes.

Check out the South Asian selections featured this year at TIFF!
Click HERE for movie synopses and showtimes.

Click HERE for tickets and more information on TIFF.
65 West 55th Street a Novel by Gagan Suri
65 West 55th Street

Karan, an Indian Hindu, is a handsome, talented, and self-motivated young man with high career aspirations.


Zeina is a beautiful Pakistani Muslim fashion designer working in New York City.


They meet one day by chance and discover love at first sight. Despite all the obstacles in their way, Karan and Zeina know that they are meant to be. They fight for their love, refusing to let the many differences and barriers in their way keep them apart. Love will find a way.


65 West 55th Street captures the funny, sentimental, emotional, and traumatizing moments of a profound journey for love and acceptance against all odds. They know the truth: All forces against them will gradually wither away, leaving only true love. Nothing else matters.


Click HERE for more information.  

Hire Canada Job Fair & Training Expo
Hire Canada Job Fair

Hire Canada invites you to their upcoming Job Fair and Training Expo.

This is a great opportunity for individuals from all levels, qualified and skilled, who are seeking new jobs, careers or are interested in upgrading their skills.

Get to meet with schools, colleges and private institutions and learn how you can upgrade your skills.

The event will feature:
  • On-site Recruiters
  • Resume Critiquing
  • Career Coaches
  • And Admissions Staff to assist throughout the Job Fair
  • FREE Admission & Parking
When: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 11am to 3pm
Where: Mississauga Convention Centre

Hire Canada is a leading Job Fair & Training Expo organization. They are dedicated to assisting individuals in finding new employment and networking with admissions staff from various colleges and universities.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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TAJ at Living Arts Centre 

Sampradaya Dance Creations presents John Murrell's TAJ on October 19 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

Starring renowned Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi and Canadian Indian actress Lisa Ray, TAJ is an evocative telling of the epic story of the Taj Mahal told through theatre, dance and visual design.

Taking audiences back to 17th Century, Mughal India, TAJ is a unique Canada India collaboration that tells a deeply evocative story of an era filled with grandeur, ambition, love and revenge.

Audience members are invited to a pre-performance chat with Lata Pada, Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations, an award-winning professional dance company located in Mississauga, Ontario.

When: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Where: Living Arts Centre
Time: begins at 8pm
Tickets: $30 to $60

VIP Tickets: $100 - Wine & hors d'oeuvres and a meet greet with the stars and creative team post-show. (HST included, service fees extra).

To purchase tickets by phone please call 905.306.6000 or tol-free at 1.888.805.8888. In person: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm.

Click HERE for more information or to purchase your tickets online.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Drum Circle and More
Yogapalooza 2013

Forgot your mat?  Need a snack? Wanna satisfy that sweet tooth?  Yogapalooza has you covered with a wholesome marketplace featuring exciting health and wellness options.

The newly landscaped North Exhibition Common will house the Wholesome Marketplace, The Community Space and serve as the perfect backdrop to relax and join the beats of our Drumming Circle. Musicians unite to bring you the perfect place to hang out with the kids and wind down from a great yoga practice. Feel free to bring your own instrument and jam with the band.

Once you've got your groove on, visit our community tent or see what the vendors have to offer - whatever you decide to do, we promise a fun-filled, educational, and safe experience for everyone. 


When: September 21 & 22, 2013 
Where: Harbourfront Centre 
Time: 10am to 6:30pm 
Tickets: This is a FREE event but registration is required


Click HERE to register for important event updates. Like Yogapalooza on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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We are your Sisters Yogathon
We Are Your Sisters Yogathon

Just like a marathon our YOGATHON is meant to be a physical and spiritual challenge!

At the We Are Your Sisters (WAYS) Yogathon, you don't need to be an experienced yogi, we only require you to be part of our cause - to empower women in India.

The goal is to complete 108 Sun Salutations as a salute to our sisters in India who are victim to both rape & human trafficking.

Can't complete 108 Sun Salutations? Partner up and split the challenge between you and a friend.

All funds raised will go towards the rehabilitation of rape and trafficking survivors in India.

When: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Where: Lakeshore Convention Center
Time: 8:30am (registration) | 9am to 12pm sun salutations
Tickets: $30

Click HERE for more information or contact Aanchal via EMAIL.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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FILMI :: Toronto's South Asian Film Festival
Filmi 2013

FILMI is an annual Toronto film festival showcasing the best in South Asian cinema from Canada and the world.

FILMI will celebrate its 14th anniversary with a full schedule of screenings and industry workshops September 26th - September 29th, 2013.

Click HERE for more information.


Win a car and support life-saving cardiac care at Trillium Health Partners!
Trillium Diwali Raffle

For the first time ever, Trillium Health Partners Foundation is proud to present a raffle for a brand new Mercedes-Benz 2014 CLA250 Coupe!

This incredible car is not yet available on the market and now you have the chance to win one for just $100!

Call 905.848.7575, ext. 2936 or EMAIL your phone number to Mary to order your ticket today!

The draw will be held on October 11, 2013 @ 11 pm at Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton. You do not need to be present at the event to win!

The draw will take place at our 12th annual Trillium Diwali, The Golden Night, which promises to dazzle guests with a night of glamour, glitz and gold.

Limited tickets are available. See full raffle rules HERE.

Raffle license number: M 670075.
Disha :: Canadian Cancer Society South Asian Gala
South Asian Cancer Gala

The Canadian Cancer Society and Peel's South Asian community are joining forces to fight cancer and increase awareness of screening and early detection. This year's  Disha Gala will officially launch the Society's "Screening Saves Lives Program".

Guests of the 2013 Disha Gala will also experience an array of South Asian culture with live entertainment, food, dancing and a silent auction all in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

When: Friday, October 4, 2013
Where: Chandni Convention Centre
Time: 7pm to 11pm
Tickets: Regular $50 | VIP $100 (includes open bar) | Regular Table of 10 $450| VIP Table of 10 $900

Click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets, or call 905.608.8411.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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A remake of the original 1973 movie starring Amitabh Bachchan and Pran, Zanjeer adapts itself to the present times for its storyline. Vijay (Ram Charan) is an upright and honest police officer who gets transferred from police station to police station for chasing after corrupt underworld figures. He now is given the charge of a case, and the eye-witness Mala (Chopra) to a murder by Teja's (Raj) goons refuses to cooperate. Teja is the head of an oil mafia operation and wants her dead. Vijay's interactions with her become an important romantic angle to the otherwise action-filled movie.


Starring: Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt 
Director: Apoorva Lakhia
Where: Albion Cinemas, York Cinemas, Woodside Cinemas

For more information on showtimes at Albion Cinemas, please click HERE.

For more information on showtimes at York Cinemas, please click HERE.

For more information on showtimes at Woodside Cinemas, please click HERE.

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



In This Bulletin
TIFF Weekend ...100 Years of Bollywood
TIFF Screening: Faith Connections
TIFF: South Asian Lineup!
65 West 55th Street a Novel by Gagan Suri
Hire Canada Job Fair & Training Expo
TAJ at Living Arts Centre
Drum Circle and More
We are your Sisters Yogathon
FILMI :: Toronto's South Asian Film Festival
Win a car and support life-saving cardiac care at Trillium Health Partners!
Disha :: Canadian Cancer Society South Asian Gala
Featured Article :: The Dating Game: Take Control & Learn When To Move On!
Featured Article :: Schizophrenia Society of Ontario seeks Participants in Groundbreaking Study
What's New on MyBindi
BESHARAM Releases October 2nd

TIFF 2013 Film Review: The Lunchbox

TIFF 2013 Film Review: Siddharth

TIFF 2013 Film Review: Shuddh Desi Romance

TIFF 2013 Film Review: Qissa

TIFF 2013 Film Review: Faith Connections

Interview :: Author Shashi Bhat on her debut novel 'The Family Took Shape'

NetIP 22nd Annual Conference "Dare to Be You" Highlights

DIANA starring Naomi Watts & Naveen Andrews Opens Nov 1st

V-MIX is Back at it Again for it's 3rd Season on OMNI

Interview :: Pan Nalin on the making of Faith Connections

Ten Reasons to Love (and Like & Attend) Yogapalooza

The Dating Game: Take Control & Learn When To Move On!

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario seeks Participants in Groundbreaking Study

Faith, Drugs & Yoga: A Look Into Pan Nalin's 'Faith Connections'

Yogis Unite at Yonge-Dundas Square!

22nd Annual NetIP NA Conference 2013 'Dare to be You' Overview

Art in the Time of Internet: Presenting & Promoting Your Work Online

Finding Your Comfort Zone in a Relationship

TAJ Kicks Off 12-City Tour In Mississauga

Shashi Bhat's Debut Novel: The Family Took Shape

Art Gallery of Mississauga Launches Summer Exhibitions

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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Kitchen Confidential

Health Benefits of Indian Masala Chai

Masala chai is a flavored tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs.

The ancient medicinal ingredient in chai is 'sattvic', which acts as a revitalizing agent that helps to sooth the mind & soul. There are also several other ingredients in this classic tea that not only add warmth but also serve as remedies to cure indigestion and breathing & blood circulation issues. During flu season, many of the antimicrobial qualities are often used to fight against a sore throat & cough.

Click HERE to read more.

Salimah My Body My Temple 
Yogapalooza is Social Entrepreneurship
Doing good for the world, doing good for the community and strengthening families is what we are all about.  Yogapalooza is the biggest FREE family friendly outdoor Yoga event in Canada.  Our joy is to share the gift of Yoga and raise the consciousness of the world at the same time.

Support the Community
Check out the Community Tent and meet with community agencies using Yoga and Meditation to bring about world peace.   We love what they do and know you will generously support their initiatives.    

Visit the Wholesome Marketplace
We have great vendors - including YogaFit, Utopia and Giddy yoyo.  Our sponsors believe in what we do.  Check out their booths and give them a high five for their vision, amazing products and services.


Click HERE to read more.

Word Sy
 Tears of Mehndi: Book Review

by Wendy Aujla

"Tears of Mehndi" is Raminder Sidhu's first debut novel that explores the tight-knit community in Vancouver's Little India.


Raminder opens up the dialogue around the social issues that some South Asian's encounter when caught between two cultures and struggling to follow Indian traditions while embracing the values of the Western culture. This novel is written in a unique way, where the reader is introduced to characters that are searching for their dreams and happiness in Canadian society. The painful stories of the eight fictional women are shared as the author intertwines their lives by weaving one story into another which is not an easy task. The eight women each have unique names where the meaning is provided for the reader to follow their personal story, for instance, Satinder - Truth, Gian - Wisdom, Asha - Hope, Roop - Beauty and so forth.


Click HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness

Choosing an Oil!


get asked often about how to choose a cooking oil. Personally I use EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) that is organic. I haven't started to use coconut oil as yet for cooking (right now I use it as a body moisturizer - the best!) but organic coconut oil is excellent for cooking as well. Here is the quick rule book on how to buy an oil:

1. Choose 'cold pressed' or 'extra virgin'. This means the oil was made by using pressure to extract the oil from the seed/grain/nut etc. and without the use of heat. That is important because heat causes degradation of the nutritional value of the oil. EV also means no chemical solvent was used, nor was it deodorized/altered in any way.

2. Should be in a glass container.

3. Should be in a dark bottle, and kept in a dark place once opened.

4. GMO-free. 

5. Organic   


Click HERE to read more.

The Dating Game: Take Control & Learn When To Move On!
Wondering if he's into you or not? Should you call him? Text him? Or should you simply sit still and let him make the move.

On BindiDates you'll meet all kinds of people. Some that you might instantly connect with while others you may want to know better before the first date.

However, in any courtship it's always good to remember that you are simply dating & nothing is set in stone until both individuals agree to be committed to one another.


We've all been in situations where you go on a wonderful first date that is quickly followed by a second which could not have come sooner! And when it does, it's a perfect evening where you're enjoying dinner, wine and great conversation. You're thinking, "Wow, this is going really well." You even get a goodnight kiss on the cheek & are so excited that things are picking up between the two of you.

Only, you don't hear from your date at all. Days pass and there's no phone call or even an email. You're confused and a bit perplexed. You're also a bit worried - "what if something has happened!" That may sound a bit silly - but we assure you - you will think of every conceivable reason to explain why he/she did not call you - except for what appears to be the most obvious one - maybe they're just not that into you!

For ladies, the rules of dating have wrongfully been cemented. Don't call the guy, don't be too eager. If he's into you, he 'll call you. Let the guy pursue you - that's what keeps them interested...blah blah blah. You'll probably hear this advice from a friend at one point or another or find it in the "Dear Abby" columns and, if that's not enough, Greg Behrendt took the time to write an entire book about it!

In his book, Greg says: "Oh sure, they say they're busy. They say that they didn't have even a moment in their insanely busy day to pick up the phone. It was just that crazy. All lies. With the adven of cell phones and speed dialing, it is almost impossible not to call you. Sometimes I call people from my pants pocket when I don't even mean to. If I were into you, you would be the bright spot in my horribly busy day. Which would be a day that I would never be too busy to call you."

We should perhaps pay heed to this piece of wisdom. But, rules are meant to be broken! We'd like to think that not all men out there can be painted in the broad strokes that Behrendt uses in his book. In any case, when it comes to matters of the heart, we suggest trusting your own instincts than to rely on the advice that Greg Behrendt or Oprah are dishing out.


Click HERE to read more. 

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario seeks Participants in Groundbreaking Study
Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is looking for South Asian participants in their groundbreaking study on the stigma of mental illness with racialized youth.

Ayesha Jabbar understands the compounded reality of being a young South Asian Canadian with a mental illness too well.

Ayesha, who grew up in North America but whose parents are from India, was diagnosed with depression at age 15. For a long time before the diagnosis, her older brother had been developing symptoms of psychosis but was un-diagnosed. Because of stigma, her father, himself a mental health worker, was hesitant to seek outside help for her brother who later was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Ayesha kept her own issues "under wraps" because, in her experience, depression was not considered a legitimate health issue in the South Asian community.

It is because of Ayesha and other racialized youth that Dr. Taryn Tang and Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is embarking on an groundbreaking study which examine the effects of stigma and discrimination on youth living with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression. And they need participants -- especially from the GTA's South Asian community -- aged 16 to 24 years, both who are and are not living with schizophrenia or depression.
They would also like to speak with their family members about the challenges that exist in their lives because of stigma. Confidential interviews are available in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

"Currently, we know very little about the experiences of young people from ethno-racial communities who are living with schizophrenia and depression in Ontario," said Mary Alberti, CEO of the SSO. "By better understanding their experiences, we hope to develop more effective anti-stigma programs and educational resources and increase access to services and supports."

Click HERE to read more.