Google Doodle Contest – My India

October 24, 2009
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Just came across the Google Doodle contest going on currently. As part of this competition, students in India from Standards 1 to 10 were invited to design a doodle for Google. The winning doodle will be displayed on the Google India homepage all day this Children’s day (14 November).

The theme for the competition is My India and through their designs these kids are supposed to tell us what India means to them. Over 4000 entries were submitted out of which the top 45 have been selected. Now it is open to the public to decide who is the best doodler.

Online voting is open from 21st of October 2009 to 31st of October 2009. Go cast your vote  for your favorite design.

There’s three categories: 1-3rd, 4-6th, and 7-10th standard. Teeny kids if you ask me, but the designs blew my mind. I am no artist  but damn, these kids are good.

Sample some of my favorites. This one is the creation of Vansh from 1st standard. (Yes, that’s some 5 years old!)

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Jai Ho

My doodle depicts few of the endless contributions made by India to the world. India has never invaded any country in the past 10,00 years of history and taught the world non-violence and peace by Gandhiji. Aryabhatta invented zero. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine. 2600 years ago Sushrutha, father of surgery conducted complicated operations. Pythagorean Theorem was first explained by Budhayana. Chess, snakes and ladders, art of navigation, etc originated in India. I wish that someday with my contributions, I’ll be able to occupy a space in somebody’s doodle as a person who contributed for this lovely country.

Another one.  Shounak. 5th Standard.

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Bullock cart to Chandrayan I

India for me, is a country which denoted an endless journey. Modernity and tradition walks hand in hand. India always had an identity of her own. Her people- each different from one another, but each of them are unique as ‘Indians’. My doodle depicts glimpses of ancient culture and at the same time India surging forward in the development of science and technology by launching the Chandrayan I. Chandrayan I symbolizes India’s quest for knowledge and her undying spirit to continue her journey towards a brighter future.

Finally, a very professional looking creation from M. Indu in the senior category (7-10th)

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Journey to rural India

We often forget to enjoy small pleasures in life. My doodle invited you to visit a village and experience it. G: joy is expressed through folk dances. O: emotions are expressed through folk music. O: commuting in an eco friendly environment. G: beauty of nature and agriculture that can be seen in a village. L: represents one of the folk dances performed in a rural area. E: the joy of nature can only be achieved by viewing it whole-heartedly.

Go to the competition site and check out the other entries. I just cant stop being amazed at the amount of creativity in the 45 shortlisted designs.

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18 Responses to “ Google Doodle Contest – My India ”

  1. Puneet on October 24, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Wow. I have to say the first one really gets me, mostly because of the kid’s aspiration — that’s something. I can’t imagine being 5 and thinking about something in so much detail! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. mesingh on October 25, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Great idea and all that.However, I am pretty sure the first one is not made by a 5 yr old.You see the way India’s map looks like Gandhi.No way can a 5 yr old do it so neatly! Probably parents or teachers ‘helped’!

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  3. Vinod Sharma on October 25, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Good ones! I agree with other commenters that the first one cannot be made by a five year old child who is obviously from Delhi. If indeed it has been visualised and created by him/her, we have a prodigy.

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  4. Solilo on October 25, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Just saw that. I don’t think such small kids can really envisage so much. Still let me vote for some.

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  5. Naveen on October 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    first 2 were awesome … 3rd one was pretty gud too ..
    but first two portrayed the stark reality

    gonna check the rest on the site too ..thanks for letting us know

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  6. Reema on October 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    such wonderful doodles!

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  7. amlistening on October 25, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Nice. The kind of exposure kids are getting today is overwhelming. I sometimes wonder if they are fortunate enough or was i ignorant in my times or too much of a geek look outside my school and studies. I dod participate and won debates and awards but do miss participating in such contests.

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  8. amlistening on October 25, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Thinking from the vantage point of corporates. Are they exploiting children for popularity. saw Little Champs sa re ga ma pa finale and there is one pati patni and woh and a number of reality/contest shows on nowadays….children surely have talent, may be if its win win for children and corporates, we can live with it.

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  9. Philip on October 26, 2009 at 6:05 am

    went thru the designs on the website. awesome. such creativity in the little kid’s minds. we should channelise them into something constructive.

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  10. saachi on October 26, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I do agree that the first one is not all of the child’s own work.
    The lines are just too perfect.
    But I do like the themes of all the three.
    Sometimes children can just amaze us with their thinking.

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  11. Nita on October 27, 2009 at 10:40 am

    The way the doodles are done I feel adults have helped them. Actually kids are wonderfully creative, but they are not so neat. I have a daughter who has been drawing since she was three and I have seen other kids drawings too. In fact dozens of them. I think if the kids had been left alone they would have come up with far better stuff.

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  12. Sam on November 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I love the second illustration. Really portrays the culture of both India and Google.

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  13. Sonal Panse on December 4, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I liked the first one, but it doesn’t look like something by a five year old at all. If the parents or teachers had a hand in making it, then it’s rather unethical. What does it say? It’s okay to take false credit for a bit of fame?

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