Saare Jahan se aacha

From rediff diary:

My first day as an engineering student in a respected Pune college was a memorable one.

As can be expected of mischievous teenagers, we were up to no good. Chalks were being hurled across the classroom, conversations were continuing loudly in plain disregard of the presence of our Applied Sciences professor. There were probably just a few students paying rapt attention to the lecture on Polymers. Our professor was becoming increasingly irritated with every passing minute.

Suddenly, the students began to stand to attention one by one. This spontaneous act surprised the professor. As pin-drop silence descended on the class, he realised the reason — a nearby college was playing the national anthem!

Santosh Dawara, Rochester, USA


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