5 great examples of presence of mind?

5 great examples of presence of mind?

5 great examples of presence of mind? This question was asked on Quora and here is the best reply.

Divyanshu Singh, Footballer | Law Student | Anime Lover

Once Swami Vivekananda was talking on importance of using country made things instead of foreign made, unaware of the fact that he himself bore a foreign made shoes.

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A foreign journalist asked mockingly pointing towards his shoes-
Journalist : then why are you wearing this foreign made shoes?
In no time Vivekanand replied, “To show what is the real place for colonialist foreigners in my country.”

Nehru & Lt. General Nathu Singh Rathore

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This was an incident that took place after India achieved its freedom.
A meeting was organized to select the First General Of Indian Army. Jawahar Lal Nehru was heading that meeting. Leaders and Army Officers were discussing to whom this responsibility should be given.
In between the discussion Nehru said, “I think we should appoint a British Officer as a General Of Indian Army as we don’t have enough experience to lead the same.” (Sources say that Nehru was skeptical that making an Indian as the First General of Indian Army would lead to a Coup d’état on his Government)
Everybody supported Nehru because if the PM was suggesting something, what are the odds of someone refraining from it.
But one of the Army Officers abruptly said, “I have a point, Sir.”
Nehru said, “Yes, gentleman. You are free to speak.”
He said ,”You see, Sir, we don’t have enough experience to lead a nation too, so shouldn’t we appoint a British as the First PM Of India?” (Oops!! That’s right on his face!
The meeting hall suddenly went quiet.
Then, Nehru said, “Are you ready to be the First General Of Indian Army ?”
He got a golden chance to accept the offer but he refused the same and said, “Sir, we have a very talented Army Officer, my Senior, Lt. Gen. Cariappa, who is the most deserving amongst us.”
The Army Officer who raised his voice against the PM was Lt. General Nathu Singh Rathore, The First Lt. General Of The Indian Army and his senior K.M. Cariappa went onto become the first Field Marshall of Indian Army.
Not many would have the nerve to speak up against the PM, but this man did!

Albert Einstein and his Chauffer

After determined his famous Theory of relativity, Albert Einstein would
tour the various Universities in the United States, delivering lectures
wherever he went. He was always accompanied by his faithful chauffeur,Harry, who would attend each of these lectures while seated in the back bench.
One fine day, after Einstein had finished a lecture and was coming out of the auditorium into his vehicle, Harry addresses him and says, “Professor Einstein, I’ve heard your lecture on Relativity so many times, that if I were ever given the opportunity, I would be able to deliver it to perfection myself!”
“Very well,” replied Einstein, “I’m going to Dartmouth next week. They don’t know me there. You can deliver the lecture as Einstein, and I’ll take your place as Harry!”
And so it went to be… Harry delivered the lecture to perfection, without a word out of place, while Einstein sat in the back row playing “chauffeur”, and enjoying a snooze for a change.
Just as Harry was descending from the podium, however, one of the research assistants intercepted him, and began to ask him a question on the theory of relativity…. one that involved a lot of complex calculations and equations. Harry replied to the assistant “The answer to this question is very simple! In fact, it’s so simple, that I’m going to let my chauffeur answer it!”

India vs New Zealand cricket test match in Mohali, sometime in early late 90s or early 2000s.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were batting and Chris Cairns was bowling some amazing outswingers at them, beating them twice or thrice every over. Due to the pitch surface and background, it was difficult for Sachin and Dravid to figure out which is the shining side of the bowl and hence determine the direction of the swing.
After struggling for some time, when Dravid was on strike, Sachin walks up to Dravid in the middle of the over and displayed one of the finest moments of a good presence of mind:
Sachin: I think I’ve an idea. I’m closer to the bowler when you’re on strike, I can see which is the shining side before each ball when Chris Cairns starts his runup and then I’ll hold my bat in the same direction at the non striker’s end, which will tell you which direction the bowl is going to swing.
And voila! They started doing that and Chris Cairns lost his entire momentum in the next couple of hours, going for cover drives and flicks across mid wicket.

Watch Sachin tell the full story here with a funny ending on what happened when Chris Cairns finally figured out what was happening:

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