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