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A SIKH IN USA - 1950's
 

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Madan Mohan Singh from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and Wasinder Mokha, my classmate for one year at Khalsa College, Amritsar. Harbhajan Singh cut his hair at State College. The students whom one taught were very understanding considering that one was from a relatively unknown and developing country. No discrimination was felt in renting accommodation. The faculty was very supportive. In fact they were encouraging enough to say that if Swarn wanted to return at any time, they would have a position available - very generous! Although Assistantship did not pay much but was sufficient to live in shared accommodation and be able to buy and run a car. In Easter break Swarn went to Fort Lauderdale, Fl., a popular hangout out for students from all over USA at Easter. It was a wild place for a few days; a street was cordoned off for dancing. Students would hire one room in a hotel and others would just sleep on the beach using the hotel bathroom. There were enough places which offered unlimited food or beer at reasonable prices. When one hotel ran out of beer, students threw the chairs into the sea. Next day, the Restaurant had a banner apologizing and offering the deal again. All was in good cheer - truly American spirit of the era.


Swarn in his office at Penn State University - Office was shared with other faculty


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS GET-TOGETHER AT THE UNIVERSITY
There were over 200 international students including 40 Indians (4 Sikhs). The University had an International Students Dept to help them. Majority of the overseas students especially Indians were in Graduate School...

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