As the butt lands hard on the floor, many windows open with a whimper to the victim. The downside-up view of the world reveals that deceit is friendly, insult is infectious and intimidation is collective. Net response is a sheepish smile as one is helped on one's feet.
The decade-old shocking fall at the Lake Palace had evoked a hearty laughter by the victim herself. The exquisite location had propped up the young doctor for a quick picture when a trainee staff, out of sheer courtesy, had pulled the chair off. The collective laughter had saved the intern the day, and his job too.
Being at the receiving end of a `chair prank' involves a capacity of civility, for restraint, which is an extreme complicated human social achievement. It demolishes bloated ego in a flash, replacing it with patience and humility. Let someone play `chair prank' with ministers, bureaucrats and executives, their bloated egos need a quick `fall'.
(the author was victim of a `chinese chair prank' recently, the base of the China-made chair had broken away)