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Thursday, November 14, 2013

special Google doodle on Children's day - Nov 14th....

Good Morning….  Today is Nov 14th – ”Children’s Day” Sure many of us start our day with a search on ‘google’ – I did today too … and was happy to see this google doodle.

Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally.  In modern day culture there are too may ‘Days’ – still this one has been in vogue for long…..  In India, Children's Day coincides with the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (November 14, 1889 - May 27, 1964), our  first Prime Minister.  This celebration commemorates Jawaharlal Nehru for his affection towards children and faith that education of children could propel the country's progress.

As you would know, Google puts special doodles marking special occasions and days.  Google doodles on homepage of the search engine has made it more fun and enjoyable for the users and nobody ever anticipated that it would become so popular.  Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!

Doodle4Google is an annual competition held by Google to have children create a logo that will be featured on the Google homepage. The Theme for 2013 Doodle 4 Google Competition was Celebrating Indian Women. Gayatri Ketharaman, a 15 year old girl from  Pune has been adjudged as the Winner of the Contest. Her Doodle was titled Sky's The Limit for Indian Women and that is featured on ‘google home page’ today. 

Google India managing director Rajan Anandan said the company received over 1.5 lakh entries this year. Gayatri, currently a student of class 10 at the Bishop's Co-Ed School in Pune, has been taking part in the contest for the last four years. She came close to winning in 2011 when her doodle on 'India's gift to the world' was among the shortlisted entries. But this year, she finally succeeded with a doodle that celebrates the Indian woman and her life.

The doodle, which has to resemble the word Google, starts with a dancing woman who is arched to represent the grace and feminine side of Indian women. According to her, “Each letter of my doodle depicts a trait of the Indian Women. In place of two Os, Gayatri has used one rupee coin and a symbol for home, representing how Indian women take care of work as well as home. In place of G, there are earth and moon, showing that the Indian women are go-getters. In place of L, there is a woman holding a kid, showing caring nature of Indian women and in place of E, there is a police cap, which shows that when required Indian women can wear different hats and can be tough and brave.

Google said that before deciding the winners, it had selected 12 finalists. All of them have been given a Chromebook as well as a few other prizes.

Life is beautiful….. but in modern day World of living on tablets (not the pills ….) and  mobiles, some young children are losing the vision of seeing outside the natural beauty……….

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

14th Nov. 2013.

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