MyBindi Weekly Newsletter
March 20, 2014
Welcome to another edition of MyBindi's newsletter.  
Winter is officially over and it's time to welcome spring!  It's time for new beginnings and for Ismailis and Persians all over the world it's also the heralding of the New Year.  Navroz Mubarak to all

We'd be remiss if we did not celebrate the occasion with some wonderful giveaways. MyBindi is offering a pair of tickets to the much awaited event:  Mohit Chauhan and Mamta Sharma live at Roy Thomson Hall on April 4


You & a friend can attend this event for FREE! 
Interested? Simply do the following to be entered into our draw: 


1. share the event info on your facebook profile; 
2. post a comment on MyBindi's facebook wall and tell us your favourite song by this artist; and
3. Complete this form to let us know you have done 1 and 2 above.
Winners will be announced on April 1 (and no, it won't be part of an April Fool prank). 
In the meantime, congratulations to Vandana Vishwas, Hema Kukreja and Akanksha Pa who have all won a pair of tickets to see "Circle of Bricks" this weekend.
Thank you for the love and we promise to keep bringing you the very best of South Asian arts, entertainment and lifestyle!  


Until next week, 
Syerah Virani
Editor-in-Chief & CEO
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Rina Singha presents Circle of Bricks 
Circle of Bricks   

Circle of Bricks explores the vast versatility of the rhythmic elements in Kathak dance.

Choreographer Rina Singha and guest director Danny Grossman, along with kathak dance artists Hemant and Vaishali Panwar, Reshmi Chetram, Shanta Chikarmane, Nisheeth Nirjhum Proshanti, Chad Walasek, Divya Gossai, Sharda Samaroo, Neetika Sharma, Farzana Aluddin and guest artist Eddie Kastrau engage the audience by contemporizing traditional stories and relating them to modern day life and experiences.  


When: March 20 - 22, 2014
Where: Harbourfront Centre - Fleck Dance Theatre
Time: March 20, 21 & 22 at 8pm | Matinee on March 22 at 3pm
Tickets: $30

To purchase tickets please call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or click HERE.

A tribute to Rina Singha's master Guru Shambhu Maharaj, Circle of Bricks presents the traditional patterns and intricate technique of Kathak while highlighting the expressive joy and excitement that comes from allowing rhythm to decorate and guide body movement.

Circle of Bricks is part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps 13/14.


For more information please click HERE.


This event is proudly sponsored by  
Indian Alumni Society After 5 
Indian Alumni Society   

Remember how much fun school was?

Sure, there was the studying and the occasional bleary-eyed all-nighters that made you wish you hadn't procrastinated so much. But you miss the parties, your friends, the socializing and networking.

Come catch up with old friends and meet new ones over drinks at Indian Alumni Society's first event of 2014. Spread the word!

Open to Alumni from all universities | Cash Bar

When: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Where: Loose Moose
Time: starts at 6:30pm
Tickets: FREE

For more information please click HERE.

This event is proudly supported by  


SLWB presents Dance Through Dialogue

Sri Lankans Without Borders presents Dialogue Through Dance: Transferring our Communities with Movement & Art!

Working with movement, visual arts, music and theatre, this workshop will explore communication and identity to uncover new ways to think about our experiences and express ourselves.

The workshop is based on Expressive Arts Therapy, a practice used in Sri Lanka in 2009 to build bridges among youth in Columbo. Participants will learn about arts-based methods of peace-building that have supported social change in Sri Lanka and at home in Toronto.  


When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Where: 155 Legion Road North
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Tickets: This is a free event however registration is required

To register please contact Chris at 416-662-2524 or via Email.

For more information please click HERE.  


This event is proudly sponsored by  


Art of Living Annual Fundraiser Gala Event 
Art of Living   

The National Fundraiser Gala organized by the GTA chapter of Art of Living Foundation aims to bring people from diverse backgrounds under one roof on Saturday, March 22.

Join us for a fun filled evening to be attended by over 700 people. Besides classical solo and group performances, the event is lined up with dance, music, entertainment & food. Funds raised will go towards supporting programs of Art of Living Canada. 


When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Where: Woodbine Banquet Hall
Time: 6:30pm
Tickets: $35 per person

To purchase tickets please click HERE or E-mail Maninder.

All the funds raised through the event will go towards supporting various programs of Art of Living in Canada.

The Art of Living Foundation is world-wide non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renown philanthropist and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. All of AOLF's programs are guided by Sri Sri's philosophy: "Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace."  


For more information please click HERE.


This event is proudly sponsored by 


4th Annual Earth Hour Celebration/Benefit
Night Songs   

 Don't miss the 4th annual Earth Hour Celebration to support Mariposa In The Schools and the Echo Women's Choir!

This year's event features Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Melanie Doane, her Toronto "A" Ukelele Group, Gurpreet Chana aka The Tabla Guy, jazz trio The Dovercourts and Echo Women's Choir with our host for the evening from CBC Radio, Andrew Craig.

Event includes: 3 wine tastings poured by Harwood Estate Vineyard, Prince Edward County, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, Nibbles & Cash Bar.

When: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Where: Church of the Holy Trinity
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Tickets: $35 at the door | Sponsor tickets $100 (sponsor ticket also includes $65 charitable tax receipt)

For advance tickets please call Mariposa In The Schools at 416-462-9400 or Email.

Click HERE if you would like to make donations via Canada Helps.

For more information please click HERE.

This event is proudly sponsored by


TiEQuest 2014 Gala
Come Celebrate the 2014 TiEQuest Finalists

TiE Toronto invites you to help us celebrate the 5 TiEQuest Venture Competition Finalists and crowdsource the ultimate winner.

Join us for: 

  • Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
  • Pitches by the 5 Finalists
  • A celebrity panel of judges
  • Audience crowdsourcing of the winners
  • $150,000 of cash and in kind prizes to the winners
When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Where: Arcadian Court (on 8th floor)
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Tickets: $45 per person

Please register by March 31, 2014.

To register please click HERE.

For more information please click HERE.  


This event is proudly sponsored by 


Mohit Chauhan Live in Concert - APRIL 4!!   
Mohit Chauhan Live in Concert   
Universal Promotions presents: Mohit Chauhan with Mamta Sharma live at Roy Thomson Hall!

Mohit Chauhan is a playback singer for Bollywood movies as well as the former front-man of the Indipop band Silk Route. He is a two-time recipient of the Filmfare award for Best Male Playback Singer as well as several other awards.

Mohit Chauhan's hits include, "Sada Haq" for Rockstar, "Pee Loun" for Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. His most famous songs include, "Khoon Chala" for Rang De Basanti, "Masakali" for Dehli-6 and "Tum Se Hi" for Jab We Met.

Mamta Shara's hit songs include, "Muni Badnaam Hui" for Dabangg and "Kevvu Keka" in the Telugu remake of Dabangg.  


When: Friday, April 4, 2014
Where: Roy Thomson Hall
Time: starts at 8pm
Tickets: $35 | $45 | $65 | $75 | $99

To purchase tickets please click HERE.

For more information please click HERE.  


This event is proudly sponsored by  


TCF 2014 Gala & Fundraiser
TCF 2014 Gala   

The 2014 The Citizens Foundation Canada (TCF) Gala and Fundraiser promises to be an outstanding success surpassing all previous events.

Join TCF in their cause over an evening of fine dining and entertainment at one of Toronto's most anticipated networking events!  

This year's gala will feature keynote speaker Marc Kielburger! 

Marc is the co-founder of Free the Children, a unique international development & youth empowerment organization & Me to We, a social enterprise encouraging ethical living.

Marc is also a New York Times Best Selling Author!  

When: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Where: Apollo Convention Centre
Time: 6:30pm
Tickets: $100 ticket per person (with $65 estimated tax receipt)

To purchase tickets please click HERE or contact Maria Lapinskas at 1-888-467-2552 or Lubna Sami at 647-995-7495.

The Citizens Foundation Canada supports sustainable giving by educating children & empowering women!

For more information please click HERE.  


This event is proudly sponsored by 


Madhur Jaffrey talks about Today's Special at TIFF!
Today's Special   

As part of TIFF's Food on Film series, Madhur Jaffrey will be coming to Toronto to talk about her comedy Today's Special, which explores the connection between cooking and culture. Matt Galloway of CBC Radio's Metro Morning hosts the evening. The event will begin with an introduction by Galloway, followed by a screening of the film and then a Q&A with Jaffrey. 


When: Wednesday, April 19, 2014
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox
Time: starts at 6:30pm
Tickets: $35.00

To purchase tickets please click HERE.

Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress, best-selling author, and authority on Indian cuisine. Today's Special follows an aspiring chef (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show) who is forced to abandon his dreams of studying French cuisine and take over his family's failing Indian restaurant.

For more information please click HERE.   


This event is proudly sponsored by  


TD Flexible Mortgage Features
Imagine if you could have more flexibility & pay off your mortgage, jaldi se! 

Now you can, with TD Mortgages.

At TD, we have designed our flexible mortgage payment options to give you greater control. So you can focus on the bigger things in your life - like taking care of your family or investing in education.

Now you can increase your payment amount, pay more frequently or make pre-payments. Your pre-payment even lets you take a payment chutti when you need one (1).

Manage your mortgage, desi style! For more information visit the bank preferred by desis at any of our convenient branches or click here and discover how you can be mortgage-free faster: the desi way.

(1) Some conditions apply and subject to approval.
For more information please click HERE. 
23rd Annual NetIP North America Conference 
NetIP NA   
 Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) North America is excited to announce their 23rd Annual NetIP NA Conference in the vibrant city of Atlanta, Georgia on Labor Day weekend!

When: Friday, August 29, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014
Where: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
Tickets: $250 for a LIMITED TIME & refundable until June 30, 2014

To register & purchase tickets please click HERE.


The Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) has empowered South Asian professionals for over 20 years through our 4 pillars: Professional Development, Cultural Awareness, Community Service, and Political Awareness. We have 23 chapters.

NetIP North America's mission is to serve as the unequivocal voice for the South Asian Diaspora by developing and engaging a cohesive network of professionals to benefit the community.

For more information please click HERE.

This event is proudly sponsored by
Grab a Bite at Nawab Fusion Grill 
Nawab Fusion Grill   

Building on a rich 20 year passion for Indian cuisine globally, Nawab Fusion Grill proudly brings to the GTA a taste of Mumbai-style culinary delights with a new take on Pub Fare.

Tickle your taste-buds with our critically acclaimed Butter Chicken Poutine; melt in your mouth Pulled Lamb Sliders or our signature Nawab Garlic Balls. Continue your dining journey with the Mixed Grill Sizzler Platter, tender Saffron Chicken Kebobs or the succulent Tandoori Lamb Chops.

Pair your meal with offerings of Toronto's own Mill Street Organic Beer, Ontairo wines or Nawab's own iconic Indian-inspired cocktails like the Mumbai Mojito, Kashmir Rose and Taj Teaser.

Whether you're going on a special dinner date or coming to watch the game with friends, you'll love the experience.

For more information please click HERE or call 416-221-4255.

Nawab Fusion Grill is located at 5009 Yonge St.  


This initiative is proudly sponsored by 


What's New on Bindi Blogs
Bindi Blogs   

 Dream a Little Dream By Salimah Kassim-Lakha

Well folks, I did it! 

On February 25, 2014 I officially launched my dream. That was the day I announced my departure from the job I've held for the past 15 years.

You better believe I exhaled.

When I first began practicing Yoga in 2004, I had no idea where the journey would lead. To be honest, I didn't give it much thought. I came to love Yoga and since then, Yoga has led me to even greater love in the form of people, places and experiences. In those teachings, I learned first and foremost to be of service, to make a contribution to my world, to my community and to my family.

Read more HERE.
Filmi Updates

Movie Spotlight: Gang of Ghosts


Gang of Ghosts is a Hindi paranormal comedy film, produced by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt Ltd and The Satish Kaushik Entertainment. Directed by Satish Kaushik, it is a remake of the Bengali film Bhooter Bhabishyat.

The story is about a haunted house that is being torn down and replaced with a swanky shopping mall. The ghosts who belong to a different era consider this house their home, ultimately shaping the film and story.

Starring: Anupam Kher, Meera Chopra, Sharman Joshi, Mahi Gill, Vijay Verma, Jackie Shroff, & Chunky Pandey 
Director: Satish Kaushik 
Where: Albion Cinemas (Etobicoke)

For more information on showtimes at Albion Cinemas, please click HERE. is a proud promotional partner of Albion Cinemas and York & Woodside Cinemas - delivering the best of Bollywood Cinema in the GTA!
What's New on MyBindi!
6 Essential Questions     
Interview :: 11 Essential Questions for Poet, Novelist & Academic, Priscila Uppal - By Habiba Ahmad

Not all bonds between a parent and a child are as picturesque as the 'Gilmore Girls'. In reality, we have to learn to accept our family ties as they are despite of how great or terrible they may be.

6 Essential Questions, a play by Priscila Uppal is based on her acclaimed memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother. The story explores the rocky mother-daughter reunion, which takes place 20 years after Uppal's mother abandoned her & her family.

MyBindi's Habiba Ahmad caught up with Uppal to discuss her debut play and why life-long relationships are not always what they're cracked up to be.

The play is based on your book "Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother". How was it like adapting your story into theatre? Was it challenging?

It was incredibly freeing. I was writing the memoir simultaneously. The memoir sticks to the facts and recounts in excruciating detail all that transpired on the 12 day trip I took to Brazil to meet my runaway mother after 20 years of silence. The play explores the emotional experience in dramatic form, representing the surreal, absurd, comic, and tragic aspects of this unique encounter as a theatrical carnival.

Read more HERE. 
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