November 7, 2013 


Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter!
Toronto has dominated the news all over the world, all this week.  Sadly, it's for all the wrong reasons. 
The social media landscape is littered with videos and parodies and protests over the acts and omissions of our Mayor Rob Ford.  
What surprises (and saddens) is me that after all the videos, the admissions and the rants, Ford's popularity ratings have actually gone up!  It's a strange world we live in. 
What's not strange and completely expected though is the passion you will see this Saturday in the performance of Dr. Amit Arya's Classical vocals.
That's not all.  We also have a special promotion code to next Saturday's performance at the Fleck Dance Theatre which is a tribute to Menaka Thakkar.  
You can get 25% off your ticket price by using PROMO code MYBINDI.
Speaking of Promo Codes, if you create a profile on Bindi Dates, you can use promo code "MYBINDIFREE" and get two weeks of complimentary premium membership on the site!
Until next week! 


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Dr. Amit Arya at the Rose Theatre Brampton
Rose Theatre Dr Amit Arya

Dr. Amit Arya is a medical doctor by profession and a Hindustani Indian classical vocalist by passion who has toured extensively throughout North America and India.

His intensive training in the technique of the Mewati Gharana began at the age of eight and he has the distinction of being the only Canadian-born Indian classical vocalist to reach a professional performance level.

With maturity far exceeding his age, Amit Arya's performances are a spiritual experience that reflect an aesthetic blend of musical contemplation and technical excellence.

Don't miss this exceptional event in the Rose Theatre Brampton's intimate Studio Two performance space.

When: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Where: Rose Theatre Brampton
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $25

Click HERE to purchase tickets or call the box office at 905.874.2800.

Click HERE for more information.

You and a friend can attend this musical event for FREE compliments of MyBindi!

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 see Dr. Amit Arya at the Rose Theatre Brampton.
Winners will be announced on Friday, November 8.

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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


Menaka is NOW offering a special discount to MyBindi subscribers. Use Promo Code: MYBINDI

to receive a 25% discount on both reception & performance tickets ($48.75) and performance only tickets ($30). Click HERE to purchase your discounted tickets today!


In Person: Harbourfront Centre Box Office, 235 Queens Quay West. By phone:416.973.4000, press 1, or EMAIL us.

Click HERE for more information.

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Anoushka Shankar at The Royal Conservatory of Music
Anoushka Shankar

Catch the stunning sitarist, Anoushka Shankar perform LIVE at The Royal Conservatory of Music on November 23rd!

Nitin Sawhney has said that no one embodies the spirit of innovation and experimentation more evidently than Anoushka Shankar.

In this performance, Shankar performs songs from her newest CD, Traces of You, produced by Sawhney.

When: Saturday, Novmeber 23, 2013
Where: Koerner Hall - The Royal Conservatory of Music
Time: 8pm
Tickets: starting at $30

Click HERE to purchase tickets, click HERE for more information.

Also, experience the rich history, tradition and beauty of Indian Classical Music. Join Professor Paramjeet Singh, Master of Classical Indian Raag, in this interactive course with a focus on understanding the basics of Indian Classical Vocal Music. No experience necessary - only a willingness to explore music and its role in our lives, and to discover yourself by discovering your voice.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Where: The Royal Conservatory of Music
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Tickets: Workshop Registration $120 per person | Workshop & Concert Package $150 per person (includes 3 hour workshop and Anoushka Shankar concert ticket)

Click HERE to register.

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Mystic India takes the GTA by Storm!
Mystic India

With 65 professional dancers, 1,000 opulent costumes, and the dynamic music of Bollywood cinema, MYSTIC INDIA is the first production of its kind.


Accompanied by the powerful rhythms of masterful musicians, a versatile troupe of dancers and acrobats takes audiences on a celebratory journey through the Bollywood film industry and Indian culture with a stunning visual display that fuses dance, theater, and spectacular special effects.


Performances chart India's transition from the sedate grandeur of an ancient civilization and its fearless leaders to the small villages of rural India and their deeply-rooted cultural celebrations and finally to the fast-paced streets of Mumbai and Bollywood pop culture.


From grandeur to glamour, audiences will dance through time with Mystic India, a spectacular production that brings the rich history of India to vivid and vibrant life!


Rose Theatre Brampton

When: Friday, November 29, 2013

Where: Rose Theatre Brampton

Time: 8pm

Tickets: $65 - $75 |Children & Youth (29 & Under) - $40 



Click HERE to purchase tickets. Click  HERE for more information.


Flato Markham Theatre

When: Saturday, November 30, 2013

Where: Flato Markham Theatre

Time: Two shows - 2pm and 8pm

Tickets: $54 - $64 | Diamond 4-Pak - $175  


Click HERE to purchase tickets. Click HERE for more information.


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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.
John Milton's Paradise Lost by Janak Khendry Dance Company
Janak Khendry presents Paradise Lostt

The culmination of 55 years of dreaming and three years of intense research, the Janak Khendry Dance Company unravels John Milton's Paradise Lost - the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden - transforming the mysteries of this great literary work into dance form.

Drawing from a pool of distinguished Canadian dancers, the cast includes: Allen Kaeja as Satan, Eddie Kastrau as Adam, Kala Vageesan as Eve, Austin Fagan as Michael, Tyler Gledhill as Rafael, Zhenya Cerneacov as Gabriel, Janak Khendry as God and Harikishan S Nair as the Son of God. Additionally, other noteworthy Indo-Canadian dancers will assume the roles of angels and Satan's demons.

All music is by the renowned classical Indian composer, Ashit Desai, and Canadian contemporary composer, Eric Cadesky (Glass Orchestra).

When: December 6 - 8, 2013 
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre 
Time: 8pm 
Tickets: $28 - $36

Click HERE to purchase tickets or call 416.973.4000.

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Win FREE movies for a year with Cineplex!

This Diwali, go bilkul filmi.

Enter your favourite movie dialogue in the Diyas Camera Action Contest and you could win free movies for a year!

Hurry, contest ends November 17, 2013.
FREE 6th Annual South Asian Diabetes Expo
CDA Diabetes Expo 2013

Maintain Good Health with Diabetes:
  • Keynote presentations on Healthy Body And Healthy Mind With Diabetes
  • Explore Diabetes, Fat And Healthy Eating with a registered dietitian
  • A chef shares How To Use Alternative Grains In South Asian Cooking
  • Exercise band demonstration
  • Bring your medical questions to our ask-the-expert area
  • Also showcased: exhibitors with diabetes related products and services
Light refreshments, and lunch available. FREE admission, parking, prizes and giveaways.

When: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
Time: 9am to 2:30pm
Tickets: This is a FREE event

Register now at 1.800.BANTING and be entered in an early bird draw!

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Calligraphy & Contemporary Miniature Paintings at the Exhibition of Pakistani Art
Calligraphy & Contemporary Miniature Paintings at the Exhibition of Pakistani Art

Listen up art lovers! The Consulate General of Pakistan in Toronto is hosting a special art exhibition featuring Islamic Calligraphy and Contemporary Miniature Paintings from well known artists.

Pakistan's rich cultural heritage has contributed greatly to the flourishing of Islamic Art in the sub-continent.

The exhibition will be displaying rare Islamic Calligraphy pieces by calligraphers including Elahi Buksh Mutee and Abdul Razzak Razi.

It will also feature contemporary miniature paintings by "Chughtai Award" winner Hajra Mansur.

When: November 15 & 16, 2013
Where: Port Credit Arena
Time: Friday 6pm to 9pm | Saturday 3pm to 9pm
Tickets: FREE event, registration required

Event includes FREE Parking! Please RSVP by EMAIL or by calling 905.532.0042.

Click HERE for more information.

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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.

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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
Dr. Amit Arya at the Rose Theatre Brampton
A Tribute to Dr Menaka Thakkar
Anoushka Shankar at The Royal Conservatory of Music
Mystic India takes the GTA by Storm!
Western Union teams up with World Vision Canada on #sendforbetter Campaign
John Milton's Paradise Lost by Janak Khendry Dance Company
Win FREE movies for a year with Cineplex!
FREE 6th Annual South Asian Diabetes Symposium
Calligraphy & Contemporary Miniature Paintings at the Exhibition of Pakistani Art
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
Featured Article :: Blending Your Life with a New Partner
What's New on MyBindi
Watch the Incredible Ad about a Woman's Second Marriage that has India Transfixed

Naveen Andrews in DIANA

Mystic India takes the GTA by Storm!!

Nestle Canada's Quality Street Chocolates Help to Create Brighter Celebrations!

Anoushka Shankar Returns to The Royal Conservatory in November

Blending Your Life with a New Partner

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

Reel Asian 2013: South Asian Highlights

Menaka Thakkar is a major figure in the Canadian dance landscape

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

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

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

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

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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Listen Up

a.k.a. ALIAS Broadcast Premiere on Global

Indo-Canadian Composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs works with Metis/Algonquin Director Michelle Latimer on documentary film following Canadian Hip-Hop artists

Award-winning Indo-Canadian composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs worked with director Michelle Latimer of Metis/Algonquin heritage on the feature documentary "a.k.a. ALIAS"

The artistic and gritty film looks directly at the lives of Toronto rappers, who've sprung from 'hoods that have turned into angry "territories." There she found stories that belied the stereotypes, young rappers using the form as an alternative to drugs  and gang life, and as a possible escape. And their expression - while a stark and realistic portrait of Canada's growing underclass - is anything but an endorsement of thug life.

Click HERE to read more. 

Practical Parenting

Oh! That poop---

Did you know that approximately 3 percent of general and 25 percent of pediatric gastroenterology out-patient visits are due to
constipation? So you are not alone.  So let's talk about the symptoms of constipation that your child may experience if


Children tend to present with

  1. Difficulty in having a bowel movement for  two weeks
    or more
  2. Less than three bowel movements  per week
  3. More than 1 episode of fecal soiling per week. I always ask the question if parents do see
    any stool in the underpants. If they do how often.
Click HERE to read more.

Wellness Works

There are many essential vitamins, mineral and nutrients that we need to live healthy and optimally. Hopefully and ideally, we would obtain these through whole foods and as needed, through supplementation. For women in particular, our needs differ due to hormonal changes through the lifespan. I recently came across this wonderful graphic that shows the top 6 vitamins for women and their whole food source - this is a great resource when grocery shopping! Of course fruits and vegetables should be the bulk of your shopping trip, in addition to whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy as needed.


Click HERE to read more. 

Kitchen Confidential

Nestle Canada's Quality Street Chocolates Help to Create Brighter Celebrations!

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.

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.   


Further details and the list of participating stores may be found at  diwali.qualitystreet.ca.

Click HERE to read more.

Salimah My Body My Temple 
The intention I set for 2013 was for creative collaboration. The first sign of that is my beloved partner, our home renovations and our wedding plans!  The second was Yogapalooza accomplished with the love, support of my fab business partners. Now the newest option has emerged.

The Art of Yoga is a monthly Yoga and Meditation workshop held at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. The first session takes place on Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm. Each workshop will draw inspiration from the art and artists currently on display in the gallery. It's the perfect opportunity for art lovers and Yoga lovers to come together and enjoy the gallery space together.

Pls check this facebook link for further details and to buy tickets.


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.

Click HERE to read more.

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Loving Diana: An Interview with Naveen Andrews
Naveen Andrews
DIANA takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world's most iconic and inescapably public women -- the Princess of Wales, Diana - in the last two years of her meteoric life.

Award-winning actor Naveen Andrews returns to the big screen in the much-anticipated love story DIANA playing Dr. Haznat Khan, the secret love of Princess Diana played by two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts. Andrews sat down to discuss his latest role and playing a romantic lead.

While Princess Diana is among the most famous people in history, her last great love, Hasnat Khan, is barely known. A deeply private man and an accomplished heart and lung surgeon, Khan was devoted to his medical career and extensive charity work when he met Diana in Brompton Hospital. He has since spoken little to the media, only publicly acknowledging his near-marriage to Diana at Lord Justice Scott Baker's inquest into her death.

For Naveen Andrews, who takes on the role, unveiling their hidden romance was irresistible. "The script reminded me of David Lean's BRIEF ENCOUNTER in that it is a very pure and simple story of two people who come together and find a connection that turns out to be impossible," he says.


He also became enamored of the Diana he uncovered in the screenplay. "To find out that Diana was such a soulful, unusual spirit was something very surprising -- to see her as a real human in all her insecurities and flaws, and also all the strengths and special qualities I wouldn't have been aware of otherwise. Then, when I met (director) Oliver Hirschbiegel, I could see he had a grasp of the more spiritual side of Diana - an awareness that suffuses his vision of the love story and the piece as a whole," Andrews says.

Andrews, who hails originally from the north of India, has riveted audiences as Sayid Jarrah, the former Iraqi National Guardsman turned leader on the hit television series "Lost" and as the Sikh British soldier Kip in the Academy Award® winning film The English Patient.


Hirschbiegel notes that Andrews was the first actor he thought about when reading the script. "I thought back to The English Patient, because I so admire the love story between Naveen and Juliette Binoche and it touched me really deeply. I thought to myself, 'I need that guy.'"  


Early on it became clear that Andrews also had the intelligence and charisma required to play against Naomi Watt's Diana. "Naveen got to the essence of Hasnat entirely, capturing his charm, sensitivity and joie de vivre," says producer Robert Bernstein.  

Click HERE to read more.