August 19, 2014

Doodle 4 Google 2014: Your Doodle on the Google homepage!

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If you’re a fan of the Google Doodle and love the way Google has fun with its logo then here’s your chance to showcase your creativity and get your doodle on Google India’s Homepage on Children’s Day, November 14th 2014.

With the launch of the 6th Annual Doodle 4 Google Contest, we invite bright young minds of India to send in their creative, aesthetic and innovative Doodles based on the theme ‘A place in India I wish to visit’.

The contest is open for all children from Class 1st to 10th . They need to put on their thinking hats, get out their colors and get creative with the Google logo. Let the imagination flow and bring alive the beautiful country that is India and your dream destination basis the theme.

Last year, we asked young doodlers across India to make creative, aesthetic, innovative doodles celebrating Indian woman. Gayatri Ketharaman from The Bishop's Co-Ed School, Pune made this winning doodle.  

Participating in Doodle4Google 2014 is simple! Just visit www.google.co.in/doodle4google, download the form, doodle and submit it. Just make sure your entries reach us by October, 12 2014.  We’ll also be visiting hundreds of schools in more than 40 cities across India to collect your entries, so watch out for the Google team!

Finalist will be invited to Delhi for a prize distribution event on 12th November 2014 where the winners of the Doodle 4 Google 2014 will be announced and awarded.

Posted by Sandeep Menon, Director of Marketing, Google India

August 15, 2014

Google celebrates India's Independence Day

We are celebrating India's 68th Independence Day today with a doodle on our homepage that commemorates independent India's first postal stamp. India has a rich postal history which we want to honour today.

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Posted by: Varun Sud, Search Marketing Manager, Google India

August 14, 2014

Google Teacher Academy (GTA) comes to India...

Educators in India, here is your opportunity to follow your passion, bring technology into classroom, and impact teaching and learning.

Join Google's professional development program for educators - Google Teacher Academy. Google will host it’s first Google Teacher Academy (GTA) in Gurgaon, India on November 27-28, 2014.

The Google Teacher Academy (GTA) is a professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe, get the most from innovative technologies. It is a two-day event, in which educators get hands-on experience on Google tools, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators making an impact.

Application form for participating in GTA is here. The last day to submit completed applications is September 30, 2014. We are particularly interested in educators who actively mentor or train other teachers using Google technologies. 

Educators who are selected to be part of the Google Teachers Academy (GTA), will become Google Certified Teachers (GCTs). GCTs are:

  • Outstanding Educators with a passion for using innovative technologies and approaches to improving teaching and learning.
  • Creative leaders who understand opportunities and challenges, and have a desire to help empower others in their local community and beyond.
  • Ambassadors for change who model high expectations, lifelong learning, collaboration, equity and innovation.

For more details on Google Teachers Academy please visit our website.

Posted by Bani Paintal Dhawan, Country Head - EDU Outreach Programs

August 6, 2014

Worldwide appetite for Indian cooking on YouTube

In just four minutes, a Kadhai Paneer recipe video takes us from the sizzling frying of raw vegetables to the fragrant browning of fresh cheese and the slow stirring of a deep orange tomato ginger paste — hungry yet? By combining the power of sight, sound and motion, Indian cooks are drawing in global audiences and dishing out some of the top food and cooking content on YouTube around the world.

In terms of watch time, we found that two of the top ten YouTube food channels globally are from India. Within Asia, Indian content creators hold four of the top ten YouTube food channels.

This global and regional appetite for Indian cooking content is also mirrored at home with Indian food lovers increasingly tuning in to YouTube. Whether people are going online to learn how to make samosas or to compare Hyderabadi biryani recipes, we’ve seen a 40% year-on-year growth in Indian viewership for food and cooking content on YouTube. And in the past 12 months,  India was the top country in the world searching for “Recipes” on YouTube, followed by UAE, Qatar, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United States and United Kingdom.

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To celebrate the rise of Indian food content on YouTube, we highlighted some of these creators as India’s YouTube Top Chefs, or those producing the most watched cooking channels in India. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

Tune in to Nisha Madhulika for over 1100 videos showing you how Indian cooking can be made easy. Using her own kitchen as a studio, 54-year-old Nisha, a housewife from Noida, creates YouTube videos that guide you through Indian recipes based on easily available ingredients. Started back in 2011, Nisha’s channel now has more than 145,000 subscribers and 4.5 million views

Next time you feel like a healthy Indian treat, check out Sanjay Thumma’s video tutorial on how to whip up some Fat Free Aloo Gobi Matar for dinner. Sanjay’s VahChef has more than 1200 videos full of recipes and humor, which have already earned the love of over 300,000 subscribers.


If you haven’t already heard of Sanjeev Kapoor, you can watch India’s most celebrated chef master his way around the kitchen on Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana.  With recipes ranging across all kinds of cooking skill levels as well as cuisines, Sanjeev’s videos already have over 100 million views.

You can also observe Chef Harpal, a chef with over 25 years of culinary experience, revive classic Indian dishes in number of kitchens across the country on chefharpalsingh. And for those who speak Telugu, homemaker Gayatri makes South Indian recipes like Paani Puri easy to follow along on Gayatri Vantillu.

These Top Chefs are local homemakers and celebrity chefs alike, highlighting how web original content continues to bloom in India. We’re excited that Indian cooks across the board are building global viewerships on our platform and we hope that the success of these creators will inspire many more Indians to use YouTube as their stage for sharing Indian food globally.

Gautam Anand, Director of Content and Operations, YouTube Asia-Pacific, recently watched Paneer Tikka Masala - Restaurant Style Recipe

August 4, 2014

Celebrating India’s favourite yodeler on his 85th birthday


[Cross posted from the Official Asia Pacific Blog]

Searching on Google in India today brings up a colorful doodle in honor of Kishore Kumar’s 85th birthday. This Indian entertainer’s story is the stuff legends are made of. He is not only India’s most successful playback singer, with countless movies and awards to his name, but he also worked in nearly every other role in the film industry. Starting out as a chorus singer, he was also an actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenplay writer and scriptwriter (phew!). Several of these facets are shown in the four corners of the doodle, which is inspired by the handpainted signs India is famous for.   

Kishore Kumar’s trademark style was the yodel. He was also known to enjoy playing pranks. In one incident, he supposedly drove off a film set to another city, because the director forgot to say “cut”. Another story recounts how he once started acting as if his son were accompanying him everywhere, and would speak to the kid and reply to himself in different voices. Get a taste of this fun loving yodeler from 0:55 in this clip:




Posted by Varun Sud, Product Marketing Manager, Google India.

July 31, 2014

New Views of India’s Old Wonders


Even the most ambitious, iron-willed traveler might find it taxing to explore India’s archaeological sites across the subcontinent all in one go. But starting today, visitors from around the world can virtually visit far-flung historical wonders such as the Ellora Caves and Kangra Fort, simply at the click of a button.

With the support of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Google is releasing new 360-degree online imagery of 76 iconic historical sites from across India. These immersive panoramas are available for viewing through the Google Cultural Institute site as well as on Google Maps. This launch brings the number of ASI locations now online to over 100, including the heritage sites that launched in February 2014 such as the Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb.


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Safdarjung Tomb in New Delhi is now on Google Maps

We’re also bringing online several Indian arts and archival institutions onto the Google Cultural Institute for the first time ever. You can now explore new exhibits curated by Indian screenwriter and photographer Sooni Taraporevala at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, follow the journey of the Parsis from Persia to the present day at the Parzor Foundation, and experience India’s first ever Independence Day in 1947 through the eyes of its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, thanks to archival material from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.  

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Online exhibition of India’s first Independence Day Celebrations, from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Don’t forget that you can curate your own collection on the Google Cultural Institute with the User Galleries function. When browsing an individual exhibit, simply click on the + sign next to the exhibit’s name. It will be added to the drawer at the bottom of the page. For more information, click here.

There’s never an adequate substitute for seeing the real thing, but we hope that by putting these sights online and making them accessible for anyone with an Internet connection, these exhibits will inspire more people to visit, and in doing so, sustain India’s glorious heritage.

Posted by Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India

Google Educator Groups (GEGs) in 6 cities in India and growing…

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Learn, Share and Inspire. If this your mantra and you believe technology is a solution then we welcome you to join the Google Educator Groups (GEG). This is a program supporting communities of educators who learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond. GEG empowers educators around the world to expand their social and professional networks, and gain skills to deliver the best possible education through open technology.

GEG has it’s presence both online and offline, and provides a space for educators to build relationships, collaborate, and learn through Google+ communities, Google hangouts or in-person events. Whether you’re a teacher, professor, or principal, anyone is welcome to join GEG.

GEG India is a strong and enriching community of Educators growing at a startling pace, with presence in over 6 cities and making way into many more. Check out the GEG India Community here, and follow our GEG India page to stay connected.

GEG India is now present in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Pune and will be in your city soon.

We are very excited to have every educator join this enlightened community.
Interested in joining a GEG or starting a new chapter? Know of educators who might be interested? Check out the website at www.google.com/landing/geg to learn more, spread the word, and get involved.

See you in GEG!

Posted by Bani Paintal Dhawan, Country Head - EDU Outreach Program