It may be the favourite mount of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, but the only thing more derogatory than being called an “ulloo”, is being called an “ulloo ka pattha”/ son of an owl. An “ulloo” is a person who is not just foolish, he is totally devoid of any intelligence.
It is a curious dichotomy – in school you are taught the English simile ‘as wise as an owl’, but the reality that you live in indicates that an “ulloo” is anything but that. Like many other things, I suppose the status of an owl’s intelligence is complicated.
There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described. In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a drabble of exactly 100 words.