OC Vijay Stokes – “The Swadeshi Apple” article

It’s an enviable view that Vijay Stokes has from his family home, Harmony Hall. It crests his very own hill in Kotgarh, 3 hours north-east of Shimla, and on a clear day he can see snow-capped Himalayan peaks ring the horizon while the Sutlej river snakes through the valley below. Pickaxe in hand, and dressed in his customary Pahari kurta and waistcoat, the 78-year-old is reworking an experiment his grandfather, Samuel Stokes, had begun nearly a century before him. And it has to do with an apple which was as much [continue reading…]

2 thoughts on “OC Vijay Stokes – “The Swadeshi Apple” article

  1. Joe Joshi

    This incredible story brought tears to my eyes. I knew the Stokes from when I was in Bishop Cotton School, Simla, from 1954 to 1963. I never went to the orchid in Kotgarh but certainly enjoyed their apples.
    This true story is very moving and well written. I wish the Stokes the best of luck always.
    Joe Joshi

    (A veteran journalist of print and broadcast news with worldwide experience)

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  2. Sarkari Sidhu 79

    Excellent write up .. know a few from the stokes family.. Vinay Sirckek my batchmate my bro of 79 batch specially .. had d privilege of visiting kothgarh & enjoying d hospitality & all family stories .. impressed , great & proud to be stories heard .. really Stokes bought the revolution & that’s why they are revered till day .. wish Sir Vijay , the family & all farmers d best .. may GBU all always!

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