India the land of goddess the land of sprite, strength, courage, the land of kings,
the land of gem stone, diamonds, gold, silver, the land of Jewells.
The Hindu Kush in the west, to Burma in the east, and from Himalayas in the north
to the island of Ceylon in the south. Rubies and spinels from Badakshan and Burma,
sapphires from Kashmir and precious gems from Ceylon were all traded in bazaars
of ancient India, supplying the many vibrant ateliers with an abundance of gem.
So many epithets have been used to describe the wealth that was india. None seems
more apt than
‘sone ki chidia',
The golden sparrow