Found the lost ring – The presence of mind story
It’s a story of a great freedom fighter called Rajaji.
Once, he was traveling on a train with his family and friends. His friend put his hand out the window to feel the breeze. Suddenly his diamond ring slipped off his finger. “My ring” everyone was confused. “Where did it fall? How could you be so careless? We should stop the train, pull the chain, oh no,” and there was a great tumult. For some reason, Rajaji sat where he was, staring out the window, seemingly impervious to the situation. His wife shook him, telling him, “Don’t just sit there, do something!” but he continued to ignore them.
When the train came to a stop at the next station, they told the station master. The station master said, “There are 50 kilometers between this station and the previous; to find the ring would be like searching for a needle in a haystack.”
Unexpectedly, Rajaji surprised everyone by saying, “There are 36 telegraph poles from the place where the ring dropped to this station.” So that was what he was doing when he seemed to be staring out the window. Rajaji’s counting was correct, and they soon found the ring.
Rajaji kept his cool in the midst of confusion and excitement; ergo, he was able to take the most effective action.