It was a happy moment for 14-year-old Arun Kumar Yadav, a student of class IX at Kendriya Vidayalaya, Chandigarh. He had won Doodle for Google competition this year, and his piece of art was displayed as Google's doodle on November 14, Children's Day.
The youngest in his family, Arun cannot possibly remember when he first picked up the brush. He feels like he was been painting for some time now. "I have been painting for as long as I can remember. My mother often tells me that I had started painting when I was little kid," Arun gushes.
Arun's family has been staying in Chandigarh for the past 19 years. Father Rameshwar Yadav is an ex Air Force personnel and his elder brother is a final year college student.
Arun however started learning painting in school when he was a Class 3 student
"I am still learning a lot of things I am not very comfortable with water colors yet. And I used used acrylic colors for the doodle for Google," he says.
Arun came to know about the doodle for Google completion titled 'A Prism of multiplicity' was announced in school. And there were a host of things on his mind, and which he wanted to put in use.
"I wanted to use the maximum number of shades," explains Arun. "I wanted to add more and more things to the piece, so that it could reflect the unity in diversity theme of the doodle."
The first alphabet, a capital G in the spelling of Google, has been denoted by a football, a cricket bat, a hockey stick and a tennis racket, and all have been put in a mature stroke of brush, way beyond his years.
Arun himself is quite fond of football. "But I am in Class 9 now and there is very little time for sports," he says.
"I wanted to show the multiplicity present in India at various levels" he says. And at the same time, Arun had to keep in mind the fact that whatever he puts on paper had to fit in shape of the alphabets G-O-O-G-L-E.
He took about 3-4 days to think about the project and on ways to conceptualise it on paper.
"I wanted to bring in so many things."
It took Arun another week to actually draw the doodle.
If one would carefully, Arun managed to intricately put a glimpse of the folk dances (as seen in alphabet o), and ornaments in subsequent alphabet, which he feels are so typical to India. "I had to put the ornaments because I think they are both special and sacred to us," he says.
Arun has also crafted a peacock as well as flora and fauna of the country. A farmer is added and as he describes, "A farmer had to be there because agriculture is the backbone of our economy."
And finally, the last alphabet is depicted by various spices, because India is well known for its spices worldwide, for they are known to have medicinal value and are add taste too.
Arun is largely self-taught, though he says he gets constant motivation from his parents and elder brother. He says they often guide him. He also gets help from his school teachers.
Arun wants to stick to art, become a painter. I want to pursue degrees such as Bachelors in Fine Arts when I grow, he says. "I want to make art my profession," he says.