October 17, 2013 


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!
These past few weeks I was in Turkey where I got a chance to experience an extraordinary combination of history, culture, nature, hospitality and cuisine.   
I also brought back some amazing (delicious!!) Turkish baklava and Turkish Delights which I would love to share with some lucky MyBindi fans.  
So if you're a fan of MyBindi and would like to receive this gift, here's what you need to do to be entered into our draw (we'll give away two keepsake boxes in total):
1.  Like our Facebook page; 
2.  Check out my Turkish Delight photo albums HERE and HERE
3.  Share your favourite picture from one of my albums above to our facebook page or your own profile page and tell us what you like about that photo.  
4.  Complete this form here and be sure to mention you're entering the draw for the Turkish Baklava and Delights.
That's all :)  We will announce two winners next Thursday who can come to our office and claim/collect their baklava and delights!

Who knows, this might become a new tradition!  I am currently in the departure lounge at Pearson Airport waiting to board my flight to NYC.  I might bring back more goodies to give away and share with the MyBindi community.

My only regret is that I will miss TAJ  - the epic love story featuring Lisa Ray and Kabir Bedi being performed on October 19 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.  Hope it's on your calendar though.  There's just a handful of tickets still available.
But, I am glad to be back in time for the AGM Monster Mixer next Wednesday (October 23) which is a unique networking and speed dating event hosted by BindiDates.  See details HERE.  Hope to see you there :) 


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Bombay Nights :: Diwali Dhamaka
Bombay Nights October 2013

Amar & Gaurav invite you to Toronto's Official Bollywood Party ... Bombay Nights: Diwali Dhamaka.

Come and experience the sounds of Bollywood - DJs will be spinning the very best in Bollywood Hits | Hindi Remixes | Bhangra | Top 40

Music provided by DJ Guru & DJ Alfa with exclusive performance by Dhol player: Dholi Tanveer!

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.

When: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Where: Hard Rock Cafe
Time: 10.30pm to 2.30am
Tickets: $20

Guestlist is only valid until 11pm. Purchase advance tickets HERE.

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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A Tribute to Dr Menaka Thakkar
Tribute to Menaka Thakkar

Where would Indian dance be without Menaka Thakkar?

Fortunately, we don't have to worry because Canadians have been lucky to have Menaka creating, performing, teaching, nurturing dancers, and institution-building for over 40 years.

Discover the work of this iconic woman and find out why she has been honoured with the two top federal government awards an artist can receive (Canada Council Walter Carsen Prize and the 2013 Governor-General's Award for Life Achievement).

Harbourfront Centre, the Indian Consulate General in Toronto, the MTDC Board of Directors, and Kalanidhi Fine Arts will host a reception, and performance evening as a Tribute to Dr Menaka Thakkar.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Reception: 6pm
Performances/Guest Speakers: 7.30pm
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Tickets: $65 (includes catered reception), Performance only - $40

Click HERE to purchase tickets, or call the box office at 416.973.5000.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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OneProsper Fundraising Dinner
OneProsper Fundraiser

Join us for a Fundraising Dinner in support of OneProsper International.

The event will consist of an evening of exotic food and breathtaking entertainment, while learning about how OneProsper International is transforming food sustainability.

The event also includes a speaking segment with keynote speaker Michael Hyatt (Executive Chairman & Co-Founder BlueCat): "So you want to be an entrepreneur? How to build and scale a company"

When: Friday, October 18, 2013
Where: Kama Restaurant
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 for a corporate table (8 persons)

OneProsper International is a Canadian charity focused on improving food security in India, where 43% of children, below the age of 5, are malnourished.

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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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.
  • Chennai: $1,055
  • Mumbai: $1,078
  • Delhi: $1,131
  • Bangalore: $1,145
  • Ahmedabad: $1,235
  • Hyderabad: $1,260
  • Amritsar: $1,285
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.


Click HERE  for more information
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.

Click  HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Fusia Magazine's Fall Edition is here!
Fusia Get the Glow

Time to get your FUSIA on! FUSIA is back with a new Fall edition now available in Chapters-Indigo stores nationwide.


This fabulous Fall edition features a Report on Love & Life, showcasing CP24's Rena Heer and Pooja Handa. Find out how these two media mavens juggle their busy schedules with love, life and work. Learn about Rena's mantras for motherhood and get an insider look at Pooja's magical wedding this past Spring.


And this Diwali FUSIA and Brita want to help you feel and look your best with the Brita Get the Glow Contest. Enter for your chance to win a $500 hydrotherapy spa gift certificate and a gorgeous Brita gift pack. Even as the weather gets cooler outside keep up with drinking water as it plumps up the skin giving it that healthier appearance - who knew water retention could be so good! The Brita Get the Glow Contest is on now - visit fusia.ca to enter.


Get your FREE FUSIA app today and follow us on twitter.


Click HERE for more information. 

DESH :: A New Dance Piece from Akram Khan


A new dance piece from Akram Khan, masterful choreographer and performer (and featured artist in the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony).


DESH, meaning "homeland" in Bengali, follows one man as he explores the fragile fluctuations of life in an unstable world.


This Olivier Award-winning production features stellar collaborators, including Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).


An Akram Khan Company production presented by Canadian Stage. North American premiere.


When: October 31 - November 2, 2013
Where: Bluma Appel Theatre
Time: 8pm

Tickets: $69 - $99


Click HERE to purchase tickets or for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Raising a dowry for Dowry

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

Feature Film, Dowry:


A fight over one dowry divides two sisters from an underprivileged, South Asian family.


The thought-provoking comments, the intrigued listeners and the excitement!  All before we even have a final cut!  Your next step is to take your anticipation of seeing this movie, to the kickstarter campaign!


If we don't raise our full amount of $19,000 we won't get any of the funds. Get this film from post production to coming soon!  


Click HERE to check out the great incentives for supporting the Kickstarter campaign - Raising a dowry for Dowry.  

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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Benaras school teacher Satyakant Shastri (Mithun Chakraborty) has a brawling 15-year-old son, Surya.

Eventually, Surya's misbehaviour leads to him being disowned by his father. Years pass and Surya's younger sibling, Shiv (Shiv Pandit), falls foul of evil New Delhi cop, ACP Ayushman Mathur (Ronit Roy), who attempts to thwart his romance with Ankita (Aditi Rao Hydari). When Ayushman traps Shiv in a conspiracy, Satyakant has no choice but to reach out to his other son for help. Surya (Akshay Kumar) has now transformed himself into Boss - a flamboyant crime-fighter and champion of the oppressed who trounces powerful bad guys. Now he drops everything to help his family, apparently.

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Aditi Rao Hydari
Director: Anthony D'Souza
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
Bombay Nights :: Diwali Dhamaka
A Tribute to Dr Menaka Thakkar
OneProsper Fundraising Dinner
Lowest Airfares from Nanak Flights
Art Gallery of Mississauga :: Monster Mixer
Fusia Magazine's Fall Edition is here!
DESH :: A New Dance Piece from Akram Khan
Raising a dowry for Dowry
Featured Article :: Lata Pada & Lisa Ray on the dance-drama TAJ
What's New on MyBindi
Western Union teams up with World Vision Canada on #sendforbetter Campaign

Reel Asian 2013: South Asian Highlights

Together we can make Canadian film 'Dowry' happen!

TAJ Kicks Off 12-City Tour In Mississauga

Menaka Thakkar is a major figure in the Canadian dance landscape

The Scarborough Hospital Foundation Makes Strides in Getting Community Moving

Interview :: Tazeen Qayyum on her latest art installation 'A Holding Pattern'


Suhaag Fall Show presented by Chevrolet a Hit with Brides & Grooms!

If You Had to Pay a Man to Marry You...Would You?

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'

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

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

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.

Click HERE to read more.

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. 


Click HERE to read more.

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. 


Click  HERE to read more.

Shamira Wellness


Since quinoa has become the new hero when it comes to a wholesome grain with the benefits of fibre and protein, I had to share this amazing recipe that a friend of mine (Thanks Sharifa!) gave me as a toddler breakfast option! They are a hit both with my son and myself and my husband! Its a simple, easy to make recipe and I am certain everyone will enjoy them! They are a great to-go breakfast option for everyone!

Click HERE to read more.

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.

Click HERE to read more.

Western Union teams up with World Vision Canada on #sendforbetter Campaign
Western Union Send Better Campaign
Western Union announced its #sendforbetter holiday campaign supporting World Vision Canada initiatives that help end child poverty in Canada and improve education programs in global communities.

Western Union will donate funds on their customers' behalf for qualifying texts and/or Instagram posts relating to the campaign. "We're very pleased to be working with World Vision Canada to help children in poverty around the world and in our own backyards," says Don DeLair, vice president and general manager, Canada, Western Union. "Every day we see the incredible generosity of our customers, sending money to loved ones back home; their participation in this campaign, through a simple text or post, will improve kids' learning and well-being, helping them succeed in school and in life."

Anyone sending money from Canada through participating Western UnionŽ Agent locations can participate in #sendforbetter between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31, 2013 (inclusive). Customers are encouraged to:
  • text "WU" and the last four digits of their transaction receipt's money transfer control number (MTCN) to 88898, OR
  • post a photo inspired by "What makes the world better" and tag the photo with #sendforbetter on Instagram
Western Union will donate CAD$1 to World Vision Canada for every qualifying consumer-to-consumer Western Union Money TransferŽ transaction and associated text or post sent during the promotional period, up to a maximum of CAD$25,000.

Click HERE to read more.