It was midnight. A train was pacing to its destination with a howl in the silence of the night. A man was sleeping with his head on the side window of the train. Suddenly he woke up from his sleep. He jumped from his seat and pulled the chain hanging just over his head. The chain was nothing but the danger chain. The train moved for some more distance and stopped suddenly. The employees and other passengers in the train rushed to the compartment to know what had happened. Someone even suspected that the man did it in his sleeping mood. So they were angry towards this man. All surrounded the man and asked the reason behind chain pulling.
“There is a crack in the rail after some more meters from here!!! If train goes over it mishaps may occur.” The man said quietly.
“What nonsense you are saying. In this dark night how did you see the crack which is far in front ? Are you mocking us ?” That was the response of the people.
“No. I have no need to mock you all and stop the train to disturb all. You just check it and then talk to me ” The man replied very gently.
The railway persons got down to rail. With the help of a torch they checked the railway track. To their surprise they saw a big crack in the rail a few meters away from the stopped train! If train passed over the crack definitely some mishap was obvious in that dark village night.
All persons again gathered around the man who predicted it correctly. He told that he heard the sound from the track while sleeping and it changed at some place . The vibrating sound changed too heavily that the man recognized that it was due to the crack in the railway line. Do you know who was that man who saved many lives from death? It was none other than the best engineer that India ever gave birth to, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya or M.Visvesvaraya.
Visvesvaraya born in Muddenahalli village of Karnataka on September 15th , 1861. His father was a Sanskrit Pandit named Srinivasa Sastri. The ancestors of Visvesvaraya were from the Mokshagundam village of Andrapradesh. Hence Visvesvaraya added Mokshagundam before his name and thus became Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.