Our first issue feature Ela Pant in the section of “interview of the month” with a slight description on weekend destination “rishikesh”. Our team members submitted their work like photography and illustrations for compiling this whole piece.
The second issue of The Doon Mozaic was released on June 2016. The issue focused on the issues of eucalyptus cutting in dehradun at a drastic scales.The issue interviewed “meena garg”.Our issue story “the fallen pillars” is key of attraction with some submissions of illustrations by guest illustrators. The issue also contained reader submission section.
Third issue is based on”music of my valley” covering all the major bands of doon like Keechad, Bhairvas , Crystal Heads, Kartavya. The issue story of this issue was based on the problems related to empowering folk music. The covers and illustration is done by our proud team of illustrators and designers.
Nights in Doon during summers are about late night shopping and late night walks with friends in mohollas under clear sky. Many kids grew up to adults following the same. Here nights not only strengthen the social bondage but also sets Dehradun apart from the metropolis race. Many run to Mussoorie, George Everest gazing stars; many compose music and writes novels. Doon serves all and provides its best. The silence, the calmness, the incredibility, but there is a lie beneath these words, and these shackling issues are the part of this month’s “issue story”. I would like to thank my team, especially “The night gazers”. Editors, writers and columnists were the key to make this photography special issue more adamant and attractive.
The fifth issue of September 2016 was based on “slums of dehra”. The issue focused on the issues of encroachment of rivers by slums of Dehradun at a drastic scales.The issue consists of focused columns by our editors, writers and columnists.The issue story “Slums still grow in dehra” is key of attraction with cover illustrations by prime illustrators of team.
This issue is the commencing work of our team in the sector of Uttarakhand’s architecture. We hope to cover more of Kumaon and Garhwal in future issues. The issue took a long time to get online due to its vast criterion of research. We were supported by Doon Photo Walk for providing the photographs of Kumaon. Nomaan Khan, the guest columnist for this issue focused on canals of Dehradun and its lost heritage. An extensive on site work was done by our photographers in the region of Maldevta, Mussorie, Premnagar and other primal places of Dehra.
With increasing awareness about Dehra’s history and concerns about its future, we are heading towards the socio-political section from this journal onwards. 2017 was the year for legislative assembly polls in Uttarakhand, where mainstream media was busy in covering the politically funded assets, we went all through the summaries of the problem in this hilly state. From low-lying matter of illegal mining to the politicized issues of reservation. We went through all in researching the facts and figures. The opinions made in each column were independent and are provided with facts and truth. Last sixteen years of Uttarakhand were tragic both politically and socially. Though moral losses in politics of Uttrakhand is not a new phenomenon, but when the environment of the state suffers due to the strategies of government. It’s time to stand for the Himalayas.
ur Dehra is obliged to have been visited by Swami Vivekananda and his group of disciples. When most of India was engrossed in clearly defining “Hindutva”, vigilantes in this region were in search of “Brahma Gyan” by Advait Vedanta. Swami Ji’s popularity and devotion can be clearly noted from his regular pilgrims to the Ramakrishna mission Ashram. A lot of memoires have been left behind, about the events that occurred in the Dehradun region during Swami Ji’s visits, by people who witnessed Vivekananda in the region. In this issue, we have tried to cover a concise aspect of Swami Vivekananda’s visit to Uttarakhand. Looking into the perspective of Swami Vivekananda was not only creative but also full of experiences and challenges. This issue is the beginning to understand Swami Vivekananda’s spiritual journey in Uttarakhand, this learning journey of ours will continue in our next volume of January 2018.
Uttarakhand has been suffering from the same illusion, while most of the private schools hunt for high donations during admissions, parents sacrifice their money for the sake of social standards made by hypocritical people in our neighbourhood. Considering academic marks and percentages as a proof of “intelligence” is the biggest illusion of the society in Dehradun and Uttarakhand. It’s good to score great marks but, with an education system which plays with the psychological level of students is leading us to an unhealthy competition. With reservation to various minority groups and tribes in education system, the competition has only worsened. Less opportunities for majority and general category is the reason of increasing crime rate and increased immigration from the remote hills of Uttarakahand. We tried to cover fifteen percent of this vast topic in this issue, the upcoming issue of January 2018 will be containing another volume related to the same subject. Keep following us !! H
Indian mythologies revolve around epics, Puranas, and Vedas written eons back. Uttarakhand during ancient times was known as Uttar-Panchal in many Upanishads, it is a key origin of the Vedas and Shri Bhagavad Purana. Maharishi Manu recited Shrimad Bhagavad to all his disciples on the bank of River Ganga in Rishikesh. When Garhwal and Kumaon were Kedar Khanda and Manas Khanda respectively, Dhams and Jyotirlingas were established in this region. Mythologies of Kedar Khanda was influenced by the idea of praying Pancha Kedar whereas Manas Khanda has the influence of praying Shakti (energy) in the different form i.e. Lord Narayana and Lord Shiva. Hence, constancy can be observed in the mythology of Garhwal region but the versatility of each myth exists only in villages of Kumaon. The present generations in remote Uttarakhand are generating possibilities and opportunity to create tourism near these sacred grooves and are supporters to revive the heritage of this region