Children’s Day Google doodle is by Pune schoolgirl

Pune (Maharashtra), Nov 14 (IANS) An 11-year-old schoolgirl from Pune has designed Monday’s Google doodle, celebrating Children’s Day that also marks the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The student, Anvita Prashant Telang, studies in Vibgyor High School in Balewadi at Pune and her design was chosen nationally for being an imaginative, thoughtful and inspiring doodle, titled ‘Enjoying Every Moment’.

“I am very happy… Since the time the doodle went up, I have been getting congratulatory messages from friends and others… They all want a party,” Anvita said.

The Class 6 student submitted her esign on this year’s theme, “If I could teach anyone anything, it would be…” for the Doodle4Google national contest earlier this year.

Her creativity and vision towards developing “a better world and healthy lifestyle” are reflected in her colourful doodle showcasing how everyone should ‘Enjoy Every Moment’ by appreciating simple things around us and live life stress-free.

Referring to the contest, Google India head of marketing Sapna Chadha said they were overwhelmed by the great participation from talented and creative young artists year-on-year since 2009.

“With Doodle4Google competition, we aim to celebrate and promote creativity, passion and imagination in our younger users,” Chadha said.

Now, Anvita has another surprise in store on Monday evening — some great gifts from her equally proud parents who learnt on Friday evening that she was the winner this year.

Anvita, who loves to draw, emphasised how to value the little and simple things of life as great sources of happiness, and feels people must lead happy and contended lives.

Reflecting her thoughts, the doodle shows a bunch of small boys and girls having fun, hanging from tree brances, playing with water, balloons, kites, flying and even daydreaming, in a natural green environment with flowers, butterflies, flying fish, birds and other aquatic life.

Besides Anvita, the other group finalists were B. Shrisha of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Vishakhapatnam (Class I-III), and Akashdeep of Kendriya Vidyalala, Ranchi (Class VII-X).

The jury which selected her, included cartoonist Ajit Ninan, Art Director Savio Mascarenhas, creative artist Rob and Doodle team leader Ryan Germick, besides 100,000 public votes.