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Summer job provided useful visits to mines which in turn helped
build contacts with industry. During one such visit to Ohio,
Swarn was offered a job. Although in India, Sikhs are exempt
from wearing safety helmet, we decided to comply by the local
laws. Swarn's Professor wanted him to take up research on
explosives which was declined as it was felt it would not
be of help in the Indian job market on return. Instead Swarn
did his research on coal cutting machines which did away with
explosives. As fate would have it, on return, Swarn joined
ICI, a British Multinational, in their Explosives Division.
Fate is supreme.
HE WALKS AT NITE!
At the Mining Show in Cleveland, Oh, as a Sikh Swarn was quite
a star attraction. All display booths would want a photo opportunity
with the turbaned guy including "Coal Beauty Queen". There
was interest by Mining Equipment Manufacturers to sell their
machines to India and to set up local manufacture. India was
of interest to the Americans but was considered a difficult
market due State ownership of industry. But all agreed that
India, one day, would be a large market. This cartoon was
drawn by an artist in Cleveland and the caption speaks of
how intrigued they were of a turban.
FAR REACHING CHARM – MISS CLAIRE ANN CARNEY,
1958 “PENNSYLVANIA COAL BEAUTY QUEEN” AND SWARN,
A SIKH FROM INDIA.