GUWAHATI, Nov 14 � Internet users of the North East had reasons to smile when they opened the Google search engine today, as the Google Doodle (the artistic Google logo) on Children�s Day had a depiction of the northeastern State of Assam resplendent in its natural grandeur.
Thanks for this goes to young Vaidehi Reddy, who won this year�s �Doodle4Google� contest by creatively juxtaposing various aesthetically-designed motifs from Assam in her Children�s Day Google Doodle.
Vaidehi�s entry � �Natural and Cultural Paradise - Assam� � prevailed over a million entries coming from 50 cities and 1,700 schools across the country. Her doodle on Assam features a tiger, bamboo reeds, a danseuse holding the traditional japi, a bright flower, a jute bag, the word TEA and the iconic one-horned rhinoceros.�
Vaidehi, who is a student of Army Public School, Pune, is greatly fascinated by the natural beauty, biodiversity, and the multi-ethnic cultural mosaic of Assam and the North East � which she sought to project through her art. She believes that people should visit the region to appreciate its natural heritage and understand its ethos and culture.�
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has congratulated Vaidehi, and said that the Assam government would invite Vaidehi and her family to fulfil her wish to visit the State.
�I would extend an invitation to Vaidehi and her family to visit Assam. My government will arrange everything during her stay here. I would also invite her to have breakfast with me. She has showcased Assam on an international platform. Her unbounded love and affection towards Assam is commendable and praiseworthy,� he said in a statement.
The�Google Doodle�is an artistic version of the Google logo, representing events like holidays, anniversaries, or current happenings. Some of the doodles were limited to Google�s country-specific home pages while others appeared globally.
The competition required the participants to draw inspiration from a place they wanted to visit in the country. The winning doodle created by Vaidehi was featured on Google�s India homepage throughout Friday.�
Vaidehi feels that North East has not yet been recognized as it should have been. �Despite its unique biodiversity and culture, the North East does not get its due. People should visit the region as it has so much to offer. Tourists visit Goa and other places. Assam is unique. The trees there are different from those I have seen elsewhere. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Assam is its natural beauty,� said Vaidehi who also turned 14 on Friday.�The ninth grader�s tryst with the region had begun with a visit to Shillong three years ago when her father � an Army officer � was posted there. �I feel proud of my daughter�s achievement. When we visited the North East, she was awestruck,� said Gayatri Reddy, Vaidehi�s mother.