You Can Hear a Pin Drop.

You Can Hear a Pin Drop.
You Can Hear a Pin Drop.

What is the meaning of pin drop silence? I'm not here to give you the dictionary meaning of the phrase Pin Drop Silence, but please consider the following instances when silence could speak louder than words.

Take 1:
Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw 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 Gujarati."

Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw 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:
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 (handbag).

"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 customs officer sneered. 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 your country, I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a passport to . . . "

. . . You could have heard a pin drop!

Take 3:
Soon after getting freedom from British rule in 1947, the de-facto prime minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru called a meeting of senior army officers to select the first General of the Indian army. Nehru proposed, "I think we should appoint a British officer as a General of The Indian Army, as we don't have enough experience to lead the same." Having learned under the British, only to serve and rarely to lead, all the civilians and men in uniform present nodded their heads in agreement.

However one senior officer, Nathu Singh Rathore, asked for permission to speak. Nehru was a bit taken aback by the independent streak of the officer, though, he asked him to speak freely. Rathore said:

"You see, sir, we don't have enough experience to lead a nation too, so shouldn't we appoint a British person as the first Prime Minister of India?"

. . . You could hear a pin drop!

Take 4:
A few months ago, Prime Minister Mori of South Korea was given some basic English conversation training before he visited Washington to meet President Barack Obama. The English instructor told Mr. Mori, 'When you shake hands with Mr. Obama, please say, "How are you? ", then Mr. Obama should say, "I am fine and you?" Now you Mr. Mori should say, "Me too". Afterwards, we translators, will do the work for you.' It looks quite simple, but the truth is . . .

When Mr. Mori met Obama, he mistakenly said, "Who are you?" (instead of how are you? ) Mr. Obama was a bit shocked but still managed to react with humor by saying, "Well, I'm Michelle's husband, ha-ha-ha . . ."

Then Mr. Mori replied, "Me too . . ."

. . . You could have heard a pin drop!

Now, decide, on your own, what Pin Drop Silence means!
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