Archive for the ‘Jugaad’ Category

Swamp soccer

These people just won’t let me set the topic aside.

A whole new category should be seriously taken into consideration.

Swamp soccer here. Check the photo footage.


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Times are difficult around the world, my dears.

While the widespread financial crisis is troubling Europe, other regions have been living with it for decades now.

Suppose you have a family settled in…let’s say, Bihar, India, and your marriage has gifted you with a few daughters. In such a traditional society daughters are rather a burden than a gift. In principle, they do not work, besides carrying household duties [which, by the way, Ainoshu never understood why are so highly neglected], they are not the ones responsible for their parents when they get old, they can not carry out the respectful ritual of their parents’ funeral and in addition, you need to supply them with considerable dowry, if you ever want to get rid of them = get them married to anyone.

Let’s go back to our hypothesis. You have a happy Bihari family, consisting (mainly) of daughters. You live in the rural areas, struggling with a poor salary, barely being able to feed and educate them. Reasonably enough, you just want to reduce the amount of “worthless”mouths in your house, as soon as possible and preferably in a bloodless way.

Jugaad interferes with the best possible solution. When you cannot find a groom for your daughter, make your own!!

The recipe is simple:

  1. Stalk within your area for a while

  2. Determine the most vulnerable well-off available boy
  3. Arm yourself with any means and relatives
  4. Abduct him

Congratulations! You just created the perfect son-in-law!

While female abduction is growing into a national challenge for Chechnya, no one spares a thought for the poor Bihari boys. An interesting review here.

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One of my little labeling tags for these pieces of text that I dare to call articles is called jugaad. Well yes, it is a Hindi term and no, it is not a nonsense word that Ainoshu came up with. In case you are a fan of applying The all-time-classic Manual for any procedure, close this page. It contains material that is offensive to your standards. Jugaad allows you to enter a guideline-free world and offers you the chance to spend many hours scratching your head in front of a large variety of MACUOA (Machinery and Construction of Unidentified Origin and Applicability).

Jugaad is the craft of improvisation and the art of making anything possible by applying any means. Hindus are very proud of it, especially in the northern states, and the rest of us are left with the difficult task of evaluating it.

There is no doubt that it can be classified as a great gift. These people are capable of building anything out of anything and the weirdest thing is that most of them are quite functional.

Unfortunately, the origins of their charisma could certainly not be described as the most pleasant ones. Decades of poverty and mismanagement by their governments lead the people of India to this lifestyle. The lifestyle of constant improvisation for daily survival. You see, in India you have everything: internet, cars, infrastructure, well-equipped buildings. The only thing missing is maintenance and as a consequence, functionality.

Jugaad-inspired architecture in Delhi

As a result, strolling along the streets or entering a building becomes a never-ending surprising procedure, since one encounters unique ways of overcoming everyday problems. Hats off to these barefoot engineers, for they know how to serve their own needs, while we spend years studying and in the end, full of despair, we call an electrician to change our corridor’s broken lamp.

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New : Different from the former or the old

Wave : A sudden great rise, involving large number of individuals

Now, if we use the french terminology for this “Nouvelle Vague”, we immediately refer to the French New Wave cinema that flourished back in the 50s and 60s.

While France managed to escape from its high-budget-convential-filming golden cage, Hindi films seemed to be controlled both by conservative social rules and by Bollywood. Now, without allowing to yourselves to think much on this: If you close your eyes and you think about India, do you see a nation performing their daily dance in perfect synchronization, praising purity and love? The image does not really come into your mind, right? I can accept that there may be some rather unusual exceptions to this (if you meet one, please film it for me) but in general, our social behavior normally indicates that a whole city singing happily in the streets while going to work is not an everyday occasion.

India’s means of achieving its step towards New Wave was realism. It all started during the 50s with Satyajit Ray‘s films. For the first time, realism had a leading role in filmmaking. I am still in the process of exploring the creations of this Parallel Cinema (official terminology for Hindi New Wave).

For the time being and if you have many nights willing to be sacrificed in the temple of your screen, I strongly suggest The Apu Trilogy, one of the most famous low budget movies in cinema’s history, actually funded by the State of Bengal. With his excellent photography and direction, Ray proves that you don’t need much to do much, applying a kind of Jugaad approach.

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