According to Wikipedia, Jugaad is a colloquial Hindi-Urdu word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around of a solution for problems. The solutions can, at times, bend rules, or use available resources enterprisingly. The term is used as much to describe enterprising street mechanics as for political fixers. Here’s a grandma’s take on jugaad.
The new age seems to be one of “out with the old, in with the new”. To me it’s a trend that is detrimental to Mother Earth — imagine being buried under mounds of computers, cars, televisions and more. Groan.
My young baby grandson has a pram – it had a wheel that was punctured. We tried getting a new tire/ part but we were basically chasing our own tails.
I am from a generation where things lasted for ever not just one lifetime but many.
In India we have paintings of Ajanta that have existed since second century BCE; the Mehrauli iron pillar stands tall with no rust. We have towering temples of granite held together by clever architectural engineering and mud homes that are earthquake resistance.
With the “out with the old, in with the new” age in India, we were lamenting the disappearance of the old innovative India.
Until yesterday when our belief in a nation that innovates was reinforced—my husband took the pram to the roadside mechanics shop and a young lad just took some inner tubes of cycles, cut it up to fill the cracks and succeeded in fixing the pram wheel efficiently. I would like to applaud the thinking of the lad and his attitude “ho jayega Saab” (It can be done, Saab).
The clue is to be strong and believe that we can achieve the impossible. India in my opinion can dare to think “out of the box ” and tread its own path. We can remain a culture that stands for quality and more.
There is no harm being known as the jugaad nation – after all, jugaad can be an employment generator!
This is a Guest Post by Sudha Seshadri.
Featured Image Credit: Jugaad fountain by Nagarjun Kandukuru (Flickr.com CC By 2.0)