October 24, 2013 


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!
Congratulations to Parminder Singh
who has won the box of Turkish Delights and Baklava! 
 I also have some good news (mostly for myself but also for many of you).  Do you recall how upset I was to miss TAJ  - the epic love story featuring Lisa Ray and Kabir Bedi which I missed at the Living Arts Centre?  Well, guess what?  TAJ returns to the Flato Markham Theatre on Friday, November 1.  So, if like me you missed it, here's your chance!  I will be there.  Get your tickets now and you can be there too :)
If you're still not convinced then check out the TAJ Preview Event which is FREE to attend on Monday, October 28 where you can learn more about this spectacular production. 
And finally, MyBindi is giving away tickets to the Reel Asian International Film Festival.  This year's line up features South Asian films such as Bombay Talkies, Without Shepherds and Farah goes Bang!  See below for details on how to get tickets for you and a friend to enjoy a film courtesy of MyBindi.com. 
Lastly, I would like to make a personal appeal to you all to help a young Canadian filmmaker to bring her film Dowry to the screen!  This film is worthy of TIFF and is currently in post production.  Please support the kickstarter campaign (with as little as $10 to show your support) and feel the joy knowing that you've contributed to start a meaningful discussion on a very relevant topic. 
Until next week! 


Editor-in-Chief & CEO




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Halloween Haunt 2013 at Hard Rock Cafe
Halloween Haunt

Gaurav & Amar in association with Mo Hakim present their annual Halloween costume party ... Halloween Haunt inside the very Haunted House of Toronto ... Hard Rock Cafe.

Come out to see Toronto's scariest people in costumes on the most frightful night of the year. DJ's will be playing the BEST in Bollywood | Bhangra | Top 40.

Music provided by: DJ Alfa & Fuzion Sound.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Where: Hard Rock Cafe
Time: Doors open at 10.30pm
Tickets: advance tickets $20
Dress Code: Costumes Encouraged

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Please note: This is NOT a guestlist event, advance/door tickets only. Door tickets will be HIGHER in price than advance tickets.

For more information please click HERE or contact:
  • Gaurav at 416.899.8860 or via EMAIL.
  • Amar at 416.414.2141 or via EMAIL.
  • Mo Hakim at 416.254.2618 or via EMAIL.
This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
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Taj by Sampradaya :: FREE Preview!!
Taj Free Preview
Don't miss the FREE public opportunity to learn about the spectacular production of TAJ starring renowned Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi & Canada's stunning Lisa Ray, supported by an international creative team of award-winning artists & dancers.

Dance excerpts featuring eight dancers from TAJ PLUS a photo opportunity with Kabir Bedi!

When: Monday, October 28, 2013
Where: Arya Samaj Vedic Cultural Centre
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Tickets: This is a FREE event

Event moderator: Eric Lariviere, General Manager, Flato Markham Theatre

Panel discussion: Lata Pada, Artistic Director, Sampradaya Dance Creations | Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi | Jacques Collin, Projection Designer

Don't miss seeing TAJ on November 1st at Flato Markham Theatre!

Click HERE for more information.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

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Western Union teams up with World Vision Canada on #sendforbetter Campaign
Western Union #sendforbetter Campaign

Western Union is teaming up with World Vision, to help make a difference in the lives of children in Canada and around the world!

How to join:
  1. Send a qualifying Western Union Money Transfer transaction and text "WU" with the last 4 digits of your MTCN to 88898  
  2. Snap a photo inspired by "What makes the world better" and tag with "#sendforbetter" on Instagram
Western Union will donate $1 to World Vision Canada for each text message or photo uploaded to Instagram up to $25,000.

Visit sendforbetter.ca for details or follow us on Twitter.

Click HERE for more information.

Nestlé Canada's Quality Street Chocolates Help to Create Brighter Celebrations

Nestle Quality Street Diwali 2013

To celebrate Diwali, the South Asian 'festival of lights' Nestlé Canada is proud to announce that the special Quality Street Diwali gift tin will be available for a second consecutive year. A popular assortment of imported chocolates and caramel, Quality Street is an excellent gift choice for celebrations and events.


"There is an intrinsic fit between Quality Street and Diwali," said Ryan Denys, Marketing Leader, of Nestlé Canada Confectionery Marketing. "Following the success of last year's program and the great demand from the South Asian community in Canada, we are excited to bring the Quality Street Diwali gift tin once again to nearly 1.5 million Indo-Canadians".  


The Quality Street Diwali 725g gift tin is available at select stores with a high concentration of South Asian consumers in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec.


Click HERE for further details and the list of participating stores .

GoodLife Fitness
GoodLife Fitness South Asian

Click HERE for more information.
FREE South Asian Diabetes Seminar
CDA Seminar

Do you or someone you love have diabetes? Join us for a FREE South Asian Diabetes Seminar!

  • FREE admission, dinner and parking
  • Take home a FREE resistance band
  • Information tables on community services

Happy Feet!
  • Bonnie Loranger, Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Meghana Chansarkar, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator 
Diabetes and Healthy Eating
  • Amber Khalid, Registered Dietitian
Start Small: Stand Tall
  • Begin Your Journey To A Stronger Body With Fundamental Exercises For Improved Posture Stephanie Grimbly, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 
When: Tuesday October 29, 2013
Where: Malton Community Centre
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Tickets: this is a FREE event but registration is required

To register or for more information call 416.408.7151

Click HERE for more information.

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.

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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Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), presented by National Bank, celebrates its 17th annual edition from November 5th to 16th.

This year's festival includes more screenings, more high-profile guests from across North America and Asia, an exciting expansion with films from across South Asia, an energy-driven collaboration between Toronto's hottest up-and-coming dancers and filmmakers and 60 films from 14 countries including Hong Kong, India, Japan, Laos, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.

When: November 5 - 16, 2013
Where: Various venues in Toronto & Richmond Hill
Tickets: $10 - $20

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Click HERE for the film festival schedule.

MyBindi is giving away tickets to the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival!

You & and a friend can watch one of Reel Asian's presenting films (Bombay Talkies, Without Shepherds, Farah Goes Bang ) 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 Reel Asian Film Festival.
Winners will be announced on Friday, November 1st.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

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Get the Glow Contest - Win a $500 Spa Gift Cert!
Fusia Get the Glow

Only one day left! 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. Get prepped and pampered just in time for the Diwali Holiday. The Brita Get the Glow Contest is on now - visit fusia.ca to enter.


Pick up your glossy copy of Fusia Fall 2013 available in Chapters-Indigo stores nationwide. We're talking triumph, resilience, and versatility in all aspects of life - life, work, health & beauty, and fashion. Fusia Magazine is proud to be sponsoring Free the Children.  

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


Fusia Magazine. Where fashion meets compassion, South Asian style.


Click HERE for more information. 

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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Krrish 3  
After defeating the villainous Dr. Siddhant Arya, and bringing his father Rohit back from the dead, Krrish continued fighting against evil and saving innocent lives. Now Krishna is living a happily married life with Priya, while Rohit is using his scientific brilliance to benefit society. Unknown to them, a dark force is growing in another part of the world. Kaal, an evil genius, is selfishly misusing his powers to spread fear, death and destruction. And he is being assisted by an army of very dangerous beings, which he has created himself.

Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Vivek Oberoi
Director: Rakesh Roshan 
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
Halloween Haunt 2013 at Hard Rock Cafe
Taj by Sampradaya :: FREE Preview!!
Western Union teams up with World Vision Canada on #sendforbetter Campaign.
Nestlé Canada's Quality Street Chocolates Help to Create Brighter Celebrations
GoodLife Fitness
FREE South Asian Diabetes Seminar
TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!
DESH :: A New Dance Piece from Akram Khan
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
Get the Glow Contest - Win a $500 Spa Gift Cert!
Raising a dowry for Dowry
Featured Article :: Blending Your Life with a New Partner
What's New on MyBindi
Blending Your Life with a New Partner

CEO of DataWind, Suneet Singh Tuli Keynotes at Small Business Forum 2013

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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Wellness Works

 Are You Benefitting From Your Benefits?

With two months left in the year, this is the time that us practitioners get extra busy. That's because many people realize they still have health benefits to use from their extended benefits plan and come in more freqeuently to take advantage of them. In fact, 'The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association estimates over 23 million people, or 67 per cent of the population have extended health care benefits, which includes not-for-profit health insurance benefit providers.' as reported in a recent article by CBC.


Its a win-win situation - but employee benefits are only used by a small percentage of employees in Canada. In fact, in the article it went on to say that Great-West Life Assurance Company completed a 10-year review of trends in health and dental claims. Not surprsingly, a very small percentage of people are utilizing their paramedical benefits - ie. chiropractic, massage, acupuncture - the very services that can lead to greater quality of life, decreased pain and most certainly wellness & prevention.   


Click HERE to read more.

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.  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.    


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.

Blending Your Life with a New Partner
Big Blended Family
Your kids, career and home may all be in place but are you ready to open it all up to a serious partner?

Whether you're recently out of a relationship, separated or divorced BindiDates is a great place to start if you want to re-enter the dating life.

For many, the dream of falling in love, getting married, getting a house and having kids is picturesque. But for many life happened and things took a turn for the unexpected.

When you've already been through a marriage, kid(s), and have organized a life for yourself with home and career, and then find yourself suddenly single - there is initially some anxiety as you figure out what it is that you want from a relationship. You also realize that things aren't quite so simple anymore.

You start dating again - tentatively, at first but you navigate yourself through these uncharted territories. Dating itself is not so daunting. You meet people to see if there's anyone out there with whom you share chemistry/compatibility. You're in the very early stages of the "I'm getting to know you" phase and, in the process, sometimes, you even get to know your own self.

But, there comes a time when you will meet someone that you consider compatible. It's possible that he may be at a similar place in his life. And it starts feeling right. You spend time together. You share stories about your kids and your families. You feel good together and you want to spend more time together. Indeed, you don't want to see other people because you really want to explore if there's a future that you might possibly share with this individual.

On the one hand you are buoyed by this emotion. It's a happy, euphoric state. But, in tandem, you also you start having panic attacks. Making the jump from "dating" someone to "being in a relationship" with someone - where you're holding yourself out as a couple, meeting each other's friends and family - is more than just a leap of faith. The second time around, somehow, you want to be sure that this is the real thing.

What if it's not the right person? What if it's not the right time? What if your kid hates him? What if his kids hate me? What if his idea of raising kids is very different from mine? How would things work? What about our friends? Extended families? Will they like him? Will they like me?

As a parent, you want to shield your child from any situation that will cause an emotional upheaval. Introducing a new person in your life - to their life - is a huge step and it's not something you want to be doing every few months. So you wait, until you think you know for sure.

But, you realise, that much of that "knowing for sure" exercise entails an interaction between this person and your friends and your family. You already know that you're good together - in isolation - each with the other. You now need to observe how you function together as a couple with other persons, and how each of you interacts and integrates in the life that other has built so far.

Ultimately, all you can do is trust your instincts in picking the partner, trust that if things don't go as planned, your child will still be resilient in absorbing the situation - and do the best you can.

You soon realize that just because you're older and just because you've been married once and just because you've established a life and a career in these past few years - does not mean that you can find guarantees when it comes to relationships.

It's still really quite a simple dream albeit with a few modifications :)

Click HERE to read more.

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