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In Sacred Heights – Tom Vater’s new book to the cradle of the Ganges

Ganges book by Tom Vater

I traveled to the source of the Ganges, India’s holiest river, accompanying my wife Aroon Thaewchatturat on a photography assignment, and wrote a book on the characters we met along the way, including Indian writers Ruskin Bond, Bill Aitken and Ganesh Saili. I wrote most of the book in a cottage in Landour, a village above Mussoorie, the Queen of  Indian Hillstations. It was cold and foggy most days,  the weather creating exactly the slightly impenetrable atmosphere I had hoped for,  interesting to get an insight into the lives of the resident writers. Most days I managed 4000 words (I put it down to the altitude)  and still found the time to walk into town to buy some fruit or  a brick of home made chocolate.  I started the book in English, but then Wiesenburg Verlag offered to publish a book on the Ganges, so about 16.000 words into the text, I switched language. Some of Aroon Thaewchatturat‘s images made into the book, while her own project resulted in a photobook on the source of the Ganges, also published  in Germany.

In Heiligen Höhen is  published in German only by Wiesenburg Verlag (Germany) in March 2008.

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