Lokesh Ohri

Paintings from the Garhwal School

HILLBILLY         Lokesh Ohri The recent passing away of BP Kamboj, a consummate artist and photographer and a chronicler of the Garhwal school of painting has largely gone unnoticed in the media and also amongst various art groups active in the state. Kamboj, and before him Barrister Mukandi Lal were the greatest chroniclers of this art form. ...

Looking for Rusty’s trees in Dehra

HILL-BILLY Just imagine having to leave home and starting a life in the Bazaars of Dehradun as a teenager. Now imagine doing all of this in the 1950s. Well, author Ruskin Bond did all this and more in the once quaint valley of Dehradun. Ruskin writes fondly about the Dehra of the 1950s and 1960s, the sleepy town with...

WILSON, OF THE MOUNTAINS , Uttarakhand

HILLBILLY Monday, 24 September 2018 | Lokesh Ohri |in Guest Column Fredrick ‘Pahadi’ Wilson was a man of the mountains. A soldier of fortune, after deserting the British armies, he sought refuge in the mountains of Uttarkashi – Uttarakhand. There he began his business of lumbering, supplying the timber-hungry railway industry with the Himalayan woods. Wilson would soon acquire the...

HILLBILLY: THE MADMAN’S TRAIL

How about walking through a part of heaven that inspired a million eccentricities? Rambling up the eastern edge of Almora town in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand is a maddening yet romantic trail that could only be described as, believe it or not-Crank’s Ridge. In the world of art, rebellion often becomes mainstream when humans meet nature, as witnessed...

HillBilly-TOURISM OR TRASH?

“People say you need to think out of the box, and so on. That’s superficial advice. What you really need is to interact with people who see the world differently than you do, and take the time to occasionally see through their eyes.” Bruce Kasanoff Uttarakhand is a Himalayan State, located in close proximity to globally connected cities like...

HILLBILLY-DISNEYFYING KEDARNATH

Recently, we have seen disturbing visuals of a minister’s confrontation with women from a remote village in Garhwal, protesting against the felling of trees, in his own constituency. The mountains are once again seething with anger at the destructive development being unleashed by a double engine government. To understand what’s happening, we need to go back in time. The...

HILLBILLY-CULTURAL DROUGHT

Monday, 16 April 2018 | Lokesh Ohri | Dehradun– The State of Uttarakhand became a reality in the year 2000. Few would dispute that the citizens’ movement for a separate State was an experience fraught with unrest and trauma, testing people’s patience against the antipathy of the ruling class. The day the new State was announced, me, and several other activists happened...

Guest Column-Rivers of Woe

Be like a river. Be open. Flow. Sane advice rendered by Julie Connor, but in the case of rivers passing through urban settlements in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, and indeed in the rest of India, this perhaps is the one dictum various government agencies entrusted with ‘development’ have chosen to ignore. It is difficult to fathom the convoluted logic...