Published: 07 Dec 2018

Why is India called Sone ki Chidiya? #SpeakingOfGold with Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik

Indian author and mythologist

Devdutt Pattanaik, Indian mythologist, talks about how ancient India earned the name of ‘Golden Sparrow’ from the rest of the world by delving into India’s trade tendencies. India traded in luxury goods of spices, perfumes and textiles and only sought gold in return prompting the Roman empire to fix the epithet ‘Golden Sparrow’ onto India. For Indians, obtaining gold meant attracting gold in return, and so they considered it an auspicious cycle for complete happiness. The writer also refers to the tales of the Arabian Nights which record India’s ardour for gold.