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Google Celebrates 63rd Republic Day of India

Google India is celebrating India’s 63rd Republic Day by featuring a Google Doodle on its homepage highlighting the theme of Indian Tricolor – Saffron, White and Green.¬† The logo depicts the National Bravery Award winning children riding on the backs of decorated elephants holding (tricolor) umbrellas, much like the actual parade on Rajpath, New Delhi. The Google logo, however, appears in the background with the ‘O’ of Google appearing like the Ashoka Chakra.

Republic Day of India - Google Doodle

India’s Republic Day commemorates the date when the Constitution Of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act 1935 and thus became the governing document of the country.

The 308 members of the Indian Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the new Constitution (one each in Hindi and English) on 24 January 1950. Two days later the Constitution became the law. Drafted by a committee headed by B. R. Ambedkar, the Constitution replaced the Government Of India Act Of 1935, and declared the country a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic.

This short film depicts the journey of an Indian flag from sunrise to sunset, where it confronts the social evils plaguing our country. From poverty to corruption to discourteous youth, the flag is in desperate search of a sailor to take the nation towards the wisdom of light.

Worth a mention, every Indian loves listening to A. R. Rahman’s Maa Tujhe Salaam from the album Vande Mataram, which is the largest selling Indian non-film album to date.

Google often comes with such colorful doodles to observe the birth anniversaries of important personalities, festivals like Christmas and other significant dates. Google recently announced the revamp of its Doodle site (www.google.com/doodles) which houses all Google doodles from the very first back in 1998.

On behalf of the Techie Buzz team, I wish each and every Indian a very Happy Republic Day!

The Addams Family Lives! [Google Doodle]

When visiting Google’s search page today, I was greeted with a spooky Doodle showing the cartoon version of the Addams family. (see other Google Doodles here)

Addams Family Google Doodle

With this unique Doodle, Google is celebrating the 100th birthday of Charles Addams, the creator of the original Addams Family. In 1938, Addams authored the first Addams Family as a series of cartoons in the New Yorker magazine. His weird, evil looking (but nice) family became a sensation, and later led to a TV series in 1964.

1938 Addams Family Cartoon

According to IMDB, the 1964 series lasted until 1966 and had 64 episodes. Some¬†full length episodes can be seen at IMDB and YouTube. Here’s a description of the series from IMDB:

The Addams Family is not your typical family: they take delight in most of the things that “normal” people would be terrified of. Gomez Adams is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to indulge his wife Morticia’s every desire: be it cultivation of poisonous plants, or a candlelit dinner in a graveyard. People visiting the Addams Family just don’t seem to appreciate the 7 foot tall butler “Lurch” or the helping hand (which is just a disembodied hand named “Thing”). Written by Murray Chapman

Just below, you can see a Youtube video which shows the opening theme for the classic 1964 black and white TV serial.

Later, the Addams Family spawned several other movies and TV series in the U.S. and other countries. Many of you might be more familiar with the 1991 movie, “The Addams Family“, and it’s 1993 sequel, “Addams Family Values“, which starred Raul Julia, Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci. These were funny and action filled movies. If you get a chance, I recommend them as fun for the entire family.

I was a child in the 1960s, and I enjoyed seeing the Google Doodle reminding me about the old TV series. Following the Doodle’s link, I learned the story of Charles Addams, the creator. May he rest in peace, and may the Addams family legacy continue far into the future.