It is our favourite colour after Silver and Bronze
In India nothing shines like the colour of gold and the gold has flowed freely in the Commonwealth Games.
Shooters, wrestlers, archers and even and for the first time even swimmers and gymnasts gave Indian 38 medals (with 17 gold) and the tally is still being counted.
The shooters took the cream of the crop but every contribution was equally valued and (as is rare in Indiaâs divided world of sports) equally hailed.
While it is true that the Australians have not only out paced us but appear to be in a separate contest altogether (against the very gods themselves apparently) taking 71 medals so far, we have also not been too shabby and hopes are high that the golden streak will continue.
Indeed, after everything that has happened, a little gold is going a long way to sooth our battered selves.
Text: Vinayak Hegde | Images: AP/ PTI
Image: From left, Malaysia's silver winning pair Amir Hassan Hasli Izwan and Adzha Hafiz; India's gold winning pair Gurpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar; and Australia's bronze winning pair Chapman David and Quick Bruce; show the medals they won in the men's paris 25m rapid fire pistol event during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi, Thursday, October 7, 2010.