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A Wanderer's Eye A Night In Sacred India

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
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Embark On An Enthralling Journey Through An Ancient Land
India is a place that is easy to fall in love with. An ancient exotic land encompassing a myriad of intriguing cultures, it has long been a magnet for travellers of every ilk seeking more than just another package holiday. While nostalgia buffs search for the ghosts of the British Raj at legendary hill stations such as Darjeeling, and spiritual seekers pursue enlightenment amongst the ashrams of Rishikesh, there is so much more to this breathtakingly beautiful, and deeply mystical country than meets the eye of a casual observer.

Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page
Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page


Travel photographer Jay Weinstein has been mesmerised by the magic of India since his early childhood, when at the tender age of three years he moved to the historic ashram town of Vrindavan with his school teacher parents. For the next twelve years, Jay grew, played and studied in the township, becoming familiar with the local traditions and Hindi, the main language spoken in the area.

Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page
Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page


With its ancient temples, picturesque ashrams and fascinating culture, Vrindavan, like all of India, is extremely photogenic, and growing up in such an environment deeply influenced Jay, inspiring the creative journey he has pursued throughout his adult life. Although he returned to Australia with his family when he was fifteen so he could continue his education, his heart remained in India. Just a few years later, as a young adult, he returned, working for several years as an actor and film producer in Mumbai, before turning his talents to travel photography and sharing his knowledge of the country as a tour guide.

Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page
Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page


Jay's current project is called So I Asked Them To Smile a series of photographic portraits depicting some of the beautiful people he's met during his recent travels. India possesses an incredible milieu of ethnic groups, cultures and religious traditions, and these images capture not only the innate beauty of each individual, but also the incredible rapport that Jay, as a photographer, has with his subjects. From holy men in the Himalayas to simple villagers and city workers, Jay's gallery of exquisite images are a testament to the warmth and humanity of the Indian people.

Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page
Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page


Coming up shortly, on Saturday, August 13th, Jay will be holding a special photographic presentation, A Wanderer's Eye A Night In Sacred India, at the Cottesloe Civic Centre, in conjunction with The Sacred India Gallery. The presentation is an enthralling visual journey throughout India, accompanied by Jay's fascinating tales of life on the road, healing meditations by Bhurijan Dasa and melodic kirtan (mantra music) - followed by a sumptuous vegetarian feast.

Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page
Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page


Whether you're a photography enthusiast, an arm-chair traveller or simply, like Jay, love India and her people, A Wanderer's Eye is certain to be an unforgettable evening. The event begins at 6.00pm on Saturday, August 13th, at Cottesloe Civic Centre 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe. Although admission is free, the organisers are requesting that guests register in advance on The Sacred India Gallery website as seating is limited. This also helps the caterers know how many people to cook for.

Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page
Image courtesy of Jay Weinstein's Facebook page


To learn more about travel photographer and guide Jay Weinstein, take a look at his website. For information about So I asked Them To Smile, visit this website and its Facebook page. Visit The Sacred India Gallery website or call 0490 022 383 to register for this event and for details about other upcoming events.
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Why? To become an arm-chair traveler for and evening and experience some of India's magic and charm.
When: Saturday 13th August, 2016, at 6.00pm
Phone: 0490 022 383
Where: Cottesloe Civic Centre, 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe
Cost: Free admission
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