You could’ve heard a pin drop

Thanks Ajay.


Take 1:
Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Manekshaw once started addressing a public meeting at Ahmedabad in English.
The crowd started chanting, “Speak in Gujarati.  We will hear you only if you speak in
Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Manekshaw stopped. Swept the audience with a hard
stare and replied,
“Friends, I have fought many a battle in my long career.  I have learned Punjabi from
men of the Sikh Regiment; Marathi from the Maratha Regiment; Tamil from the men
of the Madras Sappers; Bengali from the men of the Bengal Sappers, Hindi from the Bihar Regiment; and even Nepali from the Gurkha Regiment.  Unfortunately there was no soldier from Gujarat from whom I could have learned Gujarati.”

……..   You could have heard a pin drop

Take 2:
JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when
Charles DeGaule, the French President, decided to pull out of NATO.
DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.
Rusk responded “does that include the 180,000 who are buried here?”
DeGaule did not respond.

…………. You could have heard a pin drop

Take 3:

Robert Whiting, an elderly US gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

“You have been to France before, Monsieur?” the Customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.” Then you should know
enough to have your passport ready.”
The American said, ‘The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”
Impossible.  Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long, hard look.  Then he quietly explained,
“Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach , at 4:40am, on D-Day in 1944, to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman to show a passport to.”

…………. You could have heard a pin drop


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2 Responses to You could’ve heard a pin drop

  1. naradjimuni says:

    Manekshaw’s event not only is humbag but it is insult to great man. Because he himself was Parsi-Gujarati. Also Being chief of army staff he would be knowing
    1. There are non sikhs in sikh regiment and north indians in Madras regiment. Being inherited from British army, names remained same but it is individual who can choose his regiment.
    2. He must be knowing 2nd Army Chief Gen. Rajendrasinhji Jadeja who was Gujarati after Gen.Thimmaih. Rajendrasinhji was first Chief of Army Staff in that sense. (Post got changed from Commander in Chief to COAS in his tenure)

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