October 3, 2013 


Greetings from Vienna and Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!
As excited I am about being in Vienna (and continuing on to Turkey tomorrow) there are always some regrets about leaving Toronto.
This time, I am so disappointed that I will miss an opportunity to see TAJ yet again.  This epic love story featuring Lisa Ray and Kabir Bedi was performed to sold out audiences at Luminato in 2011.  I missed it then.  It's coming back to GTA for one night only on October 19 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga and I will miss it again.
I hope you're not going to miss this chance though.  You can read what Lisa Ray and Kabir Bedi have to say about their experience with TAJ to MyBindi's Habiba Ahmad.
I'm also disappointed that I will miss the Raas and Garba events celebrated all over the city and the incredible "Souled Out" art exhibition at the spectacular House of Moments.
Details for all of these events are below.  I hope you will be there and will share your feedback with us on our Facebook Page.


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Raising a dowry for Dowry

Jag Parmar's Feature Film, Dowry: A fight over one dowry divides two sisters from an underprivileged, South Asian family.

If you had to pay a man to marry you, would you?

Inseyet Films' Dowry explores the controversial tradition of giving dowry to the groom's family so the bride can be considered for marriage. It may make you pause, maybe give you a chill, or simply leave you thinking ...

Want to see this thought-provoking film on the silver screen? Then click HERE and Kickstart 'Dowry' from post-production to Coming Soon!

The topic of dowry is not often discussed. With your help, Inseyet Films can bring its perspective to this historic rite of passage and help spread its message to a wider audience.

Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE to help Kickstart this feature film.

This initiative is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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FREE South Asian Diabetes Seminar
CDA Free Diabetes Seminar October 2013

Do you or someone you know have diabetes?

Join us at a free South Asian Diabetes Seminar!

Topics include:
  • Staying Heart Healthy with Diabetes, Kam Deol, registered nurse;
  • Enjoying Heart Healthy Foods, Rupinder Ghai, registered dietitian;
  • Meeting Resistance (bands): How Developing Strength Helps Control Diabetes, Noah Wayne, PhD candidate in School of Kinesiology and Health Science.
Free admission, parking and refreshments. Free resistance bands provided.

When: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Where: Chris Gibson Recreation Centre, Brampton

To register or for more information call 416.408.7151 or EMAIL us.

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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: 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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Art Gallery of Mississauga :: Monster Mixer
AGM Monster Mixer

Enjoy an evening of speed dating, comedy & art at Art Gallery of Mississauga's Monster Mixer featuring Jus Reign!

Fact: 64.38% of happy couples met at an art gallery.

Mix it up at the AGM & find the love of your life! Guaranteed Nana & Nani-approved.

Laugh about the absurdity of the 21st century dating life with local comedian & Youtube sensation Jus Reign.

Meet that special someone, make your Aunties proud, and enjoy an elegant evening of art & culture.

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Where: Art Gallery of Mississauga
Time: 6:30pm - 9pm
Tickets: $20

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Based on an informal survey of AGM staff members & volunteers. Any bias is completely coincidental.

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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.

Nanak Flights offers unbeatable prices to India and all destinations in the world. Please find below the sale fares to top metro cities in India. If you are planning to visit India during festival season, please book your seats with Nanak flights.
  • Mumbai: CAD $1,125 including taxes on Etihad Airways
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  • Delhi: CAD $1,219 including taxes on British Airways
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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Inkquisitive Illustrations at The Souled Out Tour
Souled Out

As the days drag on, one into the next, the colours begin to dull. Numbed by the routine of the everyday, we become zombies shifting through the monotony.

Bring it back. Take it back, to the vibrancy
of your dreams and to the colour splashed across your imagination.

The Glass Museum presents Inkquisitive Illustration
~ the chemistry between visual and expression ~

In association with MadTatter Films and Fulkari Bazaar.

This is not an exhibition. This is an experience. Challenge what you think you know about Inkquisitive. Dig deep and bring to realization an untapped imagination within yourself.

Original pieces, mixed media, film; a total sensory experience is being curated and brought across North America on Inkquisitive's first international tour.

Each unique city gets its own unique experience.

When: Friday, October 4, 2013
Where: House of Moments
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Tickets: $15

Click HERE to purchase tickets and HERE for more information.

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Celebrate Raas Garba with Art of Living
Art of Living Raas Garba

The Art of Living community has organized Raas Garba on October 4th at Brampton Soccer Center in Brampton. This celebration honours diversity in the Greater Toronto Area and gives every one an opportunity to experience Garba with an accomplished singer, Pramesh Nandi.

When: Friday, October 4, 2013
Where: Brampton Soccer Field
Time: 8pm to 11pm

MyBindi is giving away tickets to the Art of Living - Raas Garba! You & and a friend can attend this Navaratri celebration for FREE!

Interested? Simply do the following to be entered into our draw:
  1. Share this event on your Facebook profile;
  2. Complete this form to confirm your interest; and
  3. Post a comment on this page to let us know you want to be entered into the draw for free tickets to the Art of Living - Raas Garba.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 2nd.

For more information please click HERE.

For information about Art of Living please click HERE.

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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.
Besharam :: Now Playing!
The film Besharam is a romantic comedy in which Ranbir Kapoor plays a street smart mechanic named Babli living in an orphanage in Delhi. He is charming and lives life to the fullest, but he also steals cars to support his orphanage.

Babli no sense of right or wrong until he unwittingly hurts the love of his life, Tara (Pallavi Sharda). He realizes there is no right way of doing the wrong thing, and sets out to fix all the wrongs in his life.

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Rishi Kapoor 
Director: Abhinav Kashyap 
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
Raising a dowry for Dowry
FREE South Asian Diabetes Seminar
TAJ at Living Arts Centre
Art Gallery of Mississauga :: Monster Mixer
Lowest Airfares from Nanak Flights
Inkquisitive Illustrations at The Souled Out Tour
Celebrate Raas Garba with Art of Living
Win a car and support life-saving cardiac care at Trillium Health Partners!
Besharam :: Now Playing!
Featured Article ::: Canadian Premiere of "Seven Steps Around the Fire"
What's New on MyBindi
Interview :: Lata Pada & Lisa Ray on the dance-drama TAJ

The Souled Out Tour: The Chemistry Between Visual & Expression

'Dowry' Filmmaker Jag Parmar says "It's all about the story"

Writer & Director Jag Parmar on the Making of 'Dowry'

Toronto Mela Attracts Thousands

FUSIA Fall Edition Hitting Chapters-Indigo stores in October

Interview :: Author Gagan Suri on his book '65 West 55th Street'

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'

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

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

Finding Your Comfort Zone in a Relationship

TAJ Kicks Off 12-City Tour In Mississauga

Shashi Bhat's Debut Novel: The Family Took Shape

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.

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Salimah My Body My Temple 

I answered the phone one morning last December. The voice on the other side said, "Can you help me please angel? I'm dying and I know nothing at all about filling out paperwork for that."

There was something about his voice that was loving and sincere and calm. He had the voice of a teacher, a friend, someone you would miss when they were gone. Over the next 9 months John and I had a number of phone calls. After each conversation, I would sit for moment and reflect. What he left me with were life lessons - ideas that I would like to share with you today so that you can have the benefit of his generosity.

Everyone Matters
John never called me by name - he always said, "You are my angel.  You are here to help me."   It made me smile. And it made me want to help him.   After a few conversations I was pretty sure that he called everyone his angel. His Power of Attorney, his doctors, his life insurance agent - we were all his angels. He knew he needed us.  And he treated us all like we mattered to him personally. I know we all did our best for him - not just because we were experts - but because he set the bar really high. From his example I learned that being aware and appreciative of others - brings out the best in everyone. Myself included.  




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Word Sy

Canada's premiere magazine for fun, fearless, fabulous South Asian women! FUSIA 2013 online now at mag.fusia.ca & Fashion File by FUSIA available at Chapters-Indigo nationwide.

On October 14th your festive FUSIA Fall edition hits Chapters-Indigo stores across Canada packed with fun, fearless, and fabulous content you've come to expect.


FUSIA's got you covered with their entertainment, relationship and fitness & health sections. And of course reader's faves like For 'F' Sake and Flings 'n Sweet Things. It's everything you need and everything you didn't know you needed, to feed your mind and your soul.

Once again FUSIA is very proud to be supporting Free the Children - a non-profit organization committed to the empowerment and education of youth in North America and around the world. Just by purchasing a magazine you will be making a difference. FUSIA hopes this will only be the beginning of your journey with them to make positive change.


And this Diwali watch here for their Get Your Glow On with Brita contest for your chance to win a Spa package to get FUSIA fab for the festive season. Whatever the subject may be, every story written in Fusia is one with purpose. The editorial mission is to always embody spirit, positivity and living your best life.

Fusia is fun - fearless - fabulous. Fusia is freedom - faith - fascination. It's all about celebrating and redefining our femininity and being completely unapologetic about it. Fusia Magazine. Female. Fusion. Asia. Welcome to Generation 'f'.


Click  HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness


Hello readers! Here is a great way to use the powerhouse superfood kale in a new and exciting way! I found this recipe recently in an article from Mind-Body Green and I had to try it! Its yummy, easy to prepare and nutritious - my three favourite things when it comes to food!

Here it is:


  • - cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 -2 teaspoons salt (I prefer sea salt)
  • pound kale, stems removed, coarsely chopped (approx 1 medium bunch)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • cup EV olive oil
  • tsp old bay seasoning
  • cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Ground black pepper to taste
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Interview :: Lata Pada & Lisa Ray on the dance-drama TAJ
Lata Lisa TAJ Interview

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

The dance-drama is presented by Founder, Director, and Principal Teacher of SAMPRADAYA Dance Academy, Lata Pada and also stars Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi alongside Canadian actress Lisa Ray. The play follows Jahan Ara (Lisa Ray), the daughter of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (Kabir Bedi) and brings to life the historic story behind the Taj Mahal.

MyBindi's Habiba Ahmad caught up with Lata Pada & Lisa Ray to discuss what it was like working on this epic story in TAJ.

Lata Pada - In a past statement, you have referred to TAJ as your 'dream project'. What is it about this production that is such an aspiration for you?
TAJ has been a project that I have been dreaming of and visioning since 2009. Around that time, I was reading several books on Mughal history at that time and I was fascinated by Indu Sundaresan's book - The Shadow Princess. Jahanara, the indomitable daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan is the protagonist in this book. She lives her life amidst royal splendor and court intrigue in the historical backdrop of the love story of her parents which led to the creation of this architectural masterpiece.

When I proposed it to Janice Price, CEO of the Luminato Festival, her response was positive and enthusiastic and that conversation led to Luminato Festival commissioning TAJ for their 2011 festival. Such an opportunity comes but rarely and it put the wind in our sails!

For me, TAJ is a dream project as it truly epitomizes a Canada-India collaboration bringing the best of Canadian and Indian artists and designers in a production that is unprecdented in theme, scale and talent. Written by Canada's Governor General's award winning playwright, John Murrell, directed by award winning director- Tom Diamond, I have a dream team of actors Kabir Bedi and Lisa Ray who have given so generously and wholeheartedly to this creation. Enhancing the production is a stunning ensemble of eleven dancers, and stellar creative team of choreographer- Padmubhushan Kumudini Lakhia, Composer- Praveen Rao, Set and Lighting Designer - Phillip Silver, Projection Design - Jacques Collin, Costume Designer - Rashmi Varma.

Click HERE to read more.