We all wake up to a new Google doodle every day. Here are 10 of our faves

Date: September 17, 2011
Occasion: Anant Pai’s 82nd birthday
Why we like it: Uncle Pai brought us our childhood favourites, Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle, and we can’t think of a person more deserving of Google’s tribute, especially since he passed away that year. 

Date: June 23, 2012
Occasion: Alan Turing’s 100th birthday
Why we like it: Considered as the father of modern computing, Alan Turing was responsible in breaking the infamous German Enigma which was crucial in the Allies victory.

Date: October 31, 2010
Occasion: Birthday of artist Katsushika Hokusai
Why we like it: This doodle became the basis for the emoji we all know, featuring Hokusai’s work The Great Wave off Kanagawa. We love how the wave replaces the ‘G’ of Google, with the logo becoming a part of the painting.

Date: April 12, 2011
Occasion: 50th anniversary of the first man in space
Why we like it: On April 12, 1961, Russian pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made headlines and history as the first man in space. The interactive doodle to mark the 50th anniversary of this feat featured an astronaut and a planet, which, when rolled over with a mouse, revealed a rocket blasting off to space.

Date: February 8, 2011
Occasion: Novelist Jules Verne’s 183rd  birthday
Why we like it: This interactive doodle was inspired by the submarine in Verne’s novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. We could ‘see’ out of the submarine’s windows, formed by the Google logo, by adjusting the instruments and the compass around the edges of the doodle. 

Date: June 9, 2011
Occasion: Les Paul’s 96th birthday
Why we like it: Playing the guitar on the doodle for the first time was a treat. Bearing a subtle resemblance to the search engine’s iconic logo, the strings of the guitar made a sound when rolled over with a mouse.

Date: October 10, 2014
Occasion: R.K. Narayan’s 108th birthday
Why we like it: The author’s most famous book, Malgudi Days, was a part of both our syllabus as well as our leisure reading when we were growing up. What better way to pay tribute to him?!

Date: April 16, 2011
Occasion: 122nd birthday of actor Charlie Chaplin
Why we like it: This video doodle was a two-minute live-action silent film featuring the entire Doodle team.

Date: November 30, 2016
Occasion: Jagadish Chandra Bose’s 158th birthday
Why we like it: Thanks to Google for celebrating the man who is remembered for his work in biophysics and his innovation in the world of radio and microwave sciences. And how can we forget  the invention of the crescograph — an instrument that measures movement and growth in plant life by magnifying it 10,000 times.

Date: December 21, 2013
Occasion: 100th anniversary of the Crossword Puzzle
Why we like it: This doodle was an entire crossword puzzle, with clues and a correct solution.


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