India is today celebrating her 72nd Independence Day, and Google has put a doodle on its website honoring the day. Today’s doodle is quite intricately designed, and is inspired by the various ‘truck art’ we see across the country.
Wishing Indians a ‘Happy Swatantrata Diwas’, Google gives a glimpse into what inspired today’s doodle. “Today’s Doodle—featuring images of some of India’s iconic colorful plantlife and mighty animals—was inspired by Indian truck art, a long-standing tradition in this four million square kilometer nation where truckers who live on the road surround themselves with cheerful folk art to occupy their minds during long months away from their families,” the Google Doodle blog mentions.
The doodle depicts a pair of peacocks in an intimate pose, flanked by a Bengal Tiger on one side, and an Asian elephant on the other. The doodle also features other elements like a pool of water studded with lilies, a sun rising in the backdrop, and the word Google written in a font that is so popular among truckers in India.
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When you click on the doodle, it opens a Google search full of entries around the Independence Day theme. Below the doodle and the search bar, Google has also a put up a link that reads – “See the lost photos of India’s Independence”. Clicking on the link takes you to a special page that features photographs by press photographer Kulwant Roy. Some of Roy’s photos show Mahatma Gandhi on his walk, the Meerut Congress Session of 1946, Abdul Kalam Azad at the 1945 Simla conference, and more.
Independence Day in India is celebrated every year on August 15, as we celebrate the country getting her independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.