Vaidehi Reddy, a Class IX student from Army Public School, Pune has been selected as one of the 12 finalists in Google’s 2014 doodle competition and Puneites have a chance to vote for the imaginative art of the girl before public voting ends on November 10.
The Google competition’s theme this year was, ‘A place in India I wish to visit’ and Vaidehi in her doodle design has portrayed Assam as a ‘natural and cultural paradise’.
“I had gone to Assam in 2011 along with my parents during school vacations. I found the place beautiful as it is rich in terms of both nature and culture. As soon as I heard the theme for Google’s 2014 doodle competition, I made up my mind to portray Assam in my design,” Vaidehi told Newsline.
The competition is being held for three different categories of students (Class I-III, Class IV-VI and Class VII-X), and Google will select one overall national winner based on public voting, with the winning doodle slated to be displayed on the Google India homepage for 24 hours on Children’s Day (November 14). Artistic merit, creativity and theme communication have been laid down as some of the judging criteria for the doodle design.
“I love drawing and started making sketches when I was in Class III. I am an average student, but always remember the words of my English teacher, who advised me to follow my heart and not bother about criticism. The Google competition served as a perfect platform for expressing my love towards drawing,” says Vaidehi, who has bagged awards for her drawings.
Vaidehi’s mother, Gayaatri, is proud of the fact that her daughter has made it to the top 12 from among thousands of competitors. “Vaidehi may be slow in studies, but it does not prevent her from becoming a gifted and creative artist. People generally assume that if someone is slow to react, he or she is dumb and such individuals are often left behind in our education system and the society at large. My daughter, with the art she is endowed with, is a role-model for others,” she said.
Gayaatri, whose husband is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Indian Army, appealed for public votes for Vaidehi so she can become the final winner.
The other 11 finalists are from different parts of the country, including Mumbai, Rajkot , Faridabad, Kottayam, Kolkata, Vizag, Bhopal and Bengaluru.