September 09, 2010

Pin Drop Silence

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

The crowd started ," Speak in Gujarati. We will hear only in Gujarati."

Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw 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 Gujarat from whom I could have learned Gujarati."

 ....... and there was pin drop silence.          

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw:
Has it occurred to oanybody that Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw was a Parsee Gujarati?
and here you are quoting him saying "Unfortunately there was no Army officer from Guajart from whom I could have learned Gujarati."
What rubbish.