04 September 2012

Sona and Mandi

Sona Mandi, 37-44 74th Street, Jackson Heights, 3 September 2008. (Photograph by Elyaqim Mosheh Adam.)

سونا منڈی

Sona is a common Indo‐Aryan word for ‘gold’. Compare Urdu سونا, Panjabi ਸੋਨਾ sōnā, Hindi सोना sonā. Mandi is a market, as in Urdu منڈی manḍī. So Sona Mandi is a gold market. Both words are used in other store names here in Jackson Heights, New York.

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