aug 30th, 2007
speaking about india's golden ages, somebody (mckinsey?) talked about the 'golden bird'.
this, i suppose, is a literal translation of the urdu phrase 'sone ki chidiya'.
but i am not aware of such a phrase to describe india in any other indian language, certainly not in malayalam, my forte. or sanskrit, or tamil, or any others.
can someone correct me if they know that this phrase 'golden bird' exists in some other regional language?
my belief is that it was coined by mohammedan invaders who were looking upon india as the goose that laid the golden egg, in a manner of speaking. i don't think it is an indigenous phrase.