Golden Oriole—The Bird of Fiction

Submitted by Shams Uddin on Tue, 2008-06-24 09:25.
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Golden Oriole—The Bird of Fiction

Golden Oriole is a bird appreciated for its beautiful colour and song in the width and breadth of the Chitral valley, northern Pakistan. Golden Oriole reaches Chitral in mid April and keeps on awaiting for apricots to ripe. During this time it is believed the bird praises apricot in his songs, "zholi pochiro, paloogh goghini". People, then, mean the bird to have said, " ah! Apricots are ripened, [apricot being the favourite food for the bird] and apples are infested by maggots” [apples are what the bird believed to have disliked]”. Folksingers have used the beautiful bird as metaphor in their love songs:

"Mayone mo choleki ki cholis ta shirin awaz

Zakhmi hardian palei ran kelinian ishqo lakhaz"


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Gogh

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Submitted by Jürgen Depicker on Wed, 2008-06-25 21:13.

Hi Shams,

Am I wrong thinking that 'palogh goghini' means more 'apples infested by maggots'?



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Exactly!

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Submitted by Shams Uddin on Thu, 2008-06-26 09:38.

That is what I wanted to describe. I will add this to the translation. Thanks.



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