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Jugaad ( Slice of Life )

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I read a very interesting article in last Sunday’s newspaper. It was about the word or to be more exact the skill called Jugaad. That word is used mostly in North India. I had heard about it but had not known what exactly it was. This article is written by Nafeesah Ahmed. Jugaad is a colloquial Hindi word that refers to the process of finding an unconventional, yet ingenious solution to a sticky problem. The word is used in different ways depending on the situation. It also means finding clever ways of overcoming mundane, day-to-day issues. The word has also found its way into the Oxford dictionary. The author says jugaad is a way of life in India and it is so deeply embedded in our psyche that it comes naturally to us.
It is true. The other day my husband tied two pieces of the frond of the areca nut tree to a pipe which was leaking. This pipe is used to water the coconut tree. Tying the pieces of frond round the pipe helped the water to fall near the trunk of the tree. This is jugaad. Some time ago, a friend took the frond of the coconut tree, cut most of the parts and used the centre part to hold and from the top removed cobwebs. He used the frond in the garden. We liked the solution. There are so many such instances. I think people everywhere, at all times have taken to jugaad. I like the word too.

(The coconut frond)

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( Frond ends tied round the pipe)

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Jugaad ( Slice of Life )

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle.
We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books but now I am learning to write fiction. Sunday photo fiction is fun and challenging.
Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I am doing something in my own way. Twice a week I go to a home for the mentally challenged . This has enriched my life.
There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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There’s always a way – Deccan Herald
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2 days ago – Little did I know at that point in time that, apart from some quick thinking on my father’s part, what I had just witnessed was a simple jugaad that …
Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ This was the article I read.

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Thank you,yes new words are fun and exciting. The other day I came across the word apoptosis. It is a Greek word and means falling of petals and leaves. I liked the word๐Ÿ˜Š

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This is precisely what teaching is, don’t you think. Teachers must use Jugaad thinking all the time. As the wife of a carpenter in Maine, I can assure you that Jugaad is our way of life as well.

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