Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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From the Archives: Devadasis – The Sex Angels Of Life And Insanity

In 2004, I traveled to Hubli in Karnataka, India to investigate a temple which allegedly still had devadasi, traditional temple dancers cum prostitutes. The Indian government had already made moves to ban the practice of enslaving young girls in Brahmin temples but old tradition tend to linger in India. I think this story has never […]

From the Archives: Hampi: Ruins Forgotten in Time

Gone are the days when these kind of stories could finance a trip across India. This particular story Hampi: Ruins Forgotten in Time appeared in Lifestyle + Travel in a special segment on India in around 2005 and was republished several more times in travel magazines across Asia. Here is the entire pdf, also featuring […]

(Deutsch) In heiligen Höhen bei Amazon.de

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(Deutsch) In heiligen Höhen – Rezensionen bei Amazon

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(Deutsch) Eine Stadt namens Hardwar – In Heiligen Höhen

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(Deutsch) In Heiligen Höhen – Leseprobe – Aus dem Leben der Anglo-Inder

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(Deutsch) In Heiligen Höhen – Rezension bei Geo-Reisecommunity

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(Deutsch) Ruskin Bond – Erzähler des Himalayas

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From the Archives: Shiva’s Toilet – The Parvati Valley, India

This story was originally published in my anthology Beyond the Pancake Trench, available at my Amazon Store, as Paradise Lost – How the Wild East is turning into a Trailer Park. There is a valley in the Himalayas so beautiful, that Shiva, Deity of 1008 names, Destroyer of the Universe, without Whom creation could not […]

From the Archives: Palace Hotels of Rajasthan in Traversing the Orient Magazine

In 2007, Aroon Thaewchatturat’s photo book, Palace Hotels of Rajasthan, was published by Reise Know How Verlag in Germany. Tom Vater wrote the text. The book covers a wide range of heritage hotels with royal connections around Rajasthan, from modest but attractive mansions to gigantic palaces, from pure, sumptuous Raj nostalgia to bottomless kitsch. The […]

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