PRESENCE OF MIND. Mrs. & Mr. Ramaswamy went to US on a six-month trip -- your guess is correct, their daughter was carrying. On a pleasant morning, Mr. Ramaswamy was watching the TV where a live show of sending a satellite was being telecast from NASA. The countdown began , 10, 9, 8, 7,6,5,4, 3,2,1,0....... The rocket was stationary, motionless , quiet, retaining its place. Nothing happened. All the scientists and other staff were very much worried, they had a morose , grim face . They all checked every part inch by inch, cm by cm.Everything was alright. They tried to start. A second countdown. NOTHING HAPPENED. A final check : mm by mm. A final countdown. It was STATIC. They were not weeping , that is all. So many millions of $ should go into a waste? All the countries are watching. Time passed and passed. The higher ups , chairman,ministers, President and all were very much worried. Mr. Ramaswamy made a call to the space center and asked whether he could give a humble suggestion. From the President, Ministers, Chief of the Centre to the last staff came running to the video conference. When they had lost hope they were prepared to hear the suggestion of even a child. The President immediately announced ,if the suggestion would work , Mr.Ramaswamy would be rewarded with a Big house,a Mercedes car,free education up to any level for his children and grandchildren, a good amount of pension and what not. Mr.Ramaswamy refused the rewards , if any, but was told that once announced it is confirmed. Within the next half an hour he was taken to the Space Center by a helicopter where he was given a warm welcome. A large number of people gathered around him waiting for the move of his lips. All of them were prepared to do whatever he ordered. Ramaswamy asked them to turn the rocket 45° to the left and then 45° to the right and then set it aright. They did so. He then asked them to make the countdown . They also did so. OH!!!!! TO THE WONDER AND ASTONISHMENT OF EVERYONE THE ROCKET FLEW PIERCING THE AIR, ATMOSPHERE AND THE SKY. They were all amazed. People around lifted Ramaswamy and shouted "Hip Hip Hurray". They exchanged ##s (what is the substitute of laddu in USA ?) among each other . Mr.Ramaswamy became a genius,honorable and dignified person to all of them. Ramaswamy was then taken outside the cordoned limit where all media persons were waiting for him for an interview. The media men asked him how he sensed the fault and found the right solution for it. Mr.Ramaswamy said," Whenever my scooter strikes on the way I am used to turn it about 45° this side and that side, and then kick,it will start immediately". (All the above is only for the purpose of joke ; it is all read somewhere, so many years back --if not allowed pl. remove this thread). ---------------------------------------------- PS: He was taken back to his house with due honour and the rewards were not withdrawn. Nowadays some corporates are seeking his help for solving their problems.