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From the Archives: The Greatest Show On Earth – Trailer!

The trailer for the first documentary film I worked on (screenplay and production manager), The Greatest Show on Earth, can now be viewed on director Marc Eberle’s website. The 30 min documentary follows Alok Sharma, the top policeman in charge of the 2001 Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of people on planet earth, ever! Being […]

(Deutsch) Eine Stadt namens Hardwar – In Heiligen Höhen

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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 […]

(Deutsch) In Heiligen Höhen – Rezension von Tom Vaters Reisebuch zur Quelle des Ganges

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To the Source of the Ganges – Photobook by Aroon Thaewchatturat (Text: Tom Vater)

In July 2008, Aroon Thaewchatturat‘s new photo book, Zur Quelle des Ganges (A Journey to the Source of the Ganges), was published by Reise Know How Verlag in Germany. It looks great. I wrote the text. The book is the result of three months travel through the central Indian Himalaya in 2007, on foot, by […]

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 […]

Sadhus, Sannyasis, Ascetic Mendicants And Renouncers – India’s Holy Men

The Wild Holy Men Of India, Caught Between Past and Present Boom Boom Baba Boom Boom Baba sits on a stone platform above the Benares ghats, the steps where millions of Hindu pilgrims come to bathe every year. “I am Naga, I am very dangerous. But I will pray for you and make a good […]

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