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Odisha – The Land That Time Forgot in The Nikkei Asian Review

My latest story with French journalist Laure Siegel on Odisha, one of India’s least visited states, and its fledgling tourist industry, published in the Nikkei Asian Review. PURI, India — “Jay Jagannath! Jay Jagannath!” A sea of people chants the sacred mantra while pulling on thick ropes hauling three massive, 14-meter-high wooden carts decorated in […]

2011 – Sacred Tattoos, The Daily Telegraph and RocknRoll!

2011 proved to be a mad, mad year for me and I’d like to thank all the people who supported me over the past twelve months. Living it all was almost too much. Here’s to the great times this year. The publication of Sacred Skin, the first book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, was a major […]

Teaching the Termites – Tom Vater on the pleasures of hotel libraries

I love libraries, bookshops, even a pile of books to look through will do. And I like hotels with a decent library. Most hotels I stay in, whether up-scale, flea-pit or somewhere in between, don’t have libraries. A couple months ago, I was staying at the Z Hotel in Puri, Orissa, India, one of my […]

The Battle For Catfish – Orissa’s Fishermen Struggle for Catches

The Andhra fishermen of Puri on India’s east coast are fighting for cultural, financial and spiritual survival. First light on Puri Beach. Pentacotta fishing village, which grows like a misshapen appendix from the resort’s northern beach front, is coming to life. More than 10.000 people from Andhra Pradesh live in small one-storey stone and mud […]

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