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Gandhi, Taj Mahal, Amitabh may feature in Google logos

Mahatma Gandhi, the Taj Mahal or Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan drawn by schoolchildren may soon feature in specialised homepage logos in popular search engine Google on festive occasions in India.

Specialised logos based on the theme ‘My India’ will feature on the special days including national holidays and other festive occasions, according to Google India.

These logos will be selected from the ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition, where schoolchildren across the country will be asked to “think about what is India and what it means to them,” and then represent their vision pictorially, Arvind Desikan, Head of Consumer Marketing, Google India, said.

The contestants may include any aspect of India that may mean something to an individual, Desikan said, adding that the organisers do not want to restrict the theme.

“We do not want to restrict the theme. We believe that the concept ‘My India’ is a personal one. We are one billion people and we have each experienced India in our own special way,” he said.

“Whether it’s cricket, the Taj Mahal, Amitabh Bachchan, Mahatma Gandhi, Bharatanatyam, Aryabhatta… we want this young generation to tell us what they think through a doodle,” he said.

“The competition seeks to celebrate the talent and the spirit of Indian children. The winners’ doodles will be displayed on Google’s homepage for millions of people to see.”

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