Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jugaad !

Jugaad is such a lovely word ... it means improvisation, innovation, finding solutions in most unexpected ways ... a "un"-scientific, out-of-the-box, ingenious solution to problems that may otherwise seem difficult to solve.

And this one was one such totally unexpected Jugaad !

The fire was out and the embers were burning low. The customers were early but hungry. A quick solution to getting the fire up and burning is needed. Out comes a beat-up, old, rickety fan. The two wires are stuck into the socket. The fan shoved near the opening of the choolah. A whirr. And the embers burst into flames. The rotis come rolling out and the subzi gets done in a jiffy. The customers are served.

Everyone is happy.

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