May 03, 2011

Hear the PIN drop!

Folks.. here is an interesting compilation of repartee which literally made the Pin drop! Have fun:

Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw once started addressing a public meeting in English at Ahmedabad.

The crowd started chanting, "Speak in Gujarati. We will hear you only if you speak in Gujarati."

Sam 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 officers of the Sikh Regiment; Marathi from the officers of the Maratha Regiment; Tamil from the officers of the Madras Sappers; Bengali from the officers of the Bengal Sappers , Hindi from the officers of the Bihar Regiment; and even Nepali from the officers of the Gurkha Regiment.

Unfortunately there was no Army officer from Gujrat from whom I could have learned Gujarati."

You could have heard a pin drop.
The Pin Drops a Second time

At a time when the US President and other US politicians tend to apologize for their country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some former US personnel handled negative comments about the United States.

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when Charles DeGaulle, the French President, decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military personnel out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded "Does that include the 180,000 US soldiers who were buried here to liberate your country from the Nazis in the Second World  war?"

You could have heard a pin drop.

The Third Pin.
When in England , at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if US plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying,

'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.'

You could have heard a pin drop.
And the Fourth Pin?
There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.!What does he intended to do, bomb them?'

An american engineer stood up and replied calmly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'

You could have heard a pin drop.

Did I hear the Fifth Pin?
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks when a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.

He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, 'Maybe it's because many years ago, the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

The Final Pin drops.

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 briefcase. "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 my passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop!


~ ॐ ~ said...

i could hear all these pins drop :)

Sriram said...

Haha nice ones :D And funny how the word pin drop is so misused, esp by teachers - "I want pin-drop silence!" etc :D

Shruti said...

Vrij... I admit. I read this post only today. This post is a gem. I'm going to post these stories one by one.. not in my blog. On fb. U do it too. These stories deserve more readers. WOW! *heart*