Vaidehi Reddy, a Class IX student of Army Public School, Pune, has got an open invitation from Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi for putting Assam on the Google homepage through a “doodle of the day” contest organized by the search engine that appeared on Friday.
Congratulating the Pune student, Gogoi said, “I extend my heartiest congratulations to her for depicting the State of Assam so beautifully in her Doodle design. She has showcased Assam on an international platform. Her unbounded love and affection towards Assam is commendable and praiseworthy.”
Vaidehi’s drawing that was carried on the Google homepage on Friday depicted the one-horned rhino, tiger, bihu, the traditional jaapi as well as tea and bamboo grooves, all giving a huge boost to Assam’s tourism prospects throughout the day.
Assam chief minister Gogoi, extending an invitation to Vaidehi and her family to Assam, said, “I extend invitation to Vaidehi and her family to visit Assam,” Gogoi said in a statement on Friday. Vaidehi’s sketch was selected through record breaking entries of over one million, from more than 1700 schools across 50 Indian cities. Later, the final 12 doodles were shortlisted and put up for online voting and Vaidehi eventually emerged the winner.
The theme for this year’s competition was “A place in India I wish to visit”, and Vaidehi in her doodle portrayed Assam as “Natural and Cultural Paradise.” She highlighted the famous wildlife, the one-horned rhinoceros, the tiger, the Bihu dance, Assam’s lifeline of culture, bamboo trees, tea bags denoting the luscious green farms of tea.
The Doodle4Google competition, an annual Google India property, was launched in 2009 and is open to students from grades 1 to 10. The students are invited to design the Google Doodle to celebrate Children’s Day in the country.