No this isn’t a social studies lesson on domesticated animals that double up as draught animals in India. Excuse me, what did you think we Indians are? We aren’t the land of exotic princes and snake charmers anymore. We never were. Our load bearers are no longer animals now but machines! In fact, we Indians have given a new meaning to the term ‘Heavy Vehicle’ in the sense that our heavy vehicles often weight lighter than the loads they carry. Don’t get what I mean? Look at the pic below –
I bet if you’re in India you have come across such sights on Indian roads. India is the motherlode of overloaded vehicles! But we Indians don’t stop at mediocre. Yessirree, we not only defy the laws of physics, we warp them to work for us.
This post, dear readers, is dedicated to the Indian Jugaad in Vehicles.
*Yawn* this is a common sight, Pradita. Show us something new, I hear you say.
Well, here you go.
Now I’m pretty sure the inventors of the tractor had never imagined that a draught animal, that which tractors substituted in the first place, would someday be ferried around on their inventions, but we Indians have found uses for the farmhouse tractor beyond the farms. Here’s another example –
We have innate faith in our Heavy Vehicles and that’s why sights like the one below are quite common.
I see the LZ 129 Hindenburg in the above picture? You don’t? How about now?
Who do you think does a better job at carrying loads?
But we don’t just stop at tractors, trucks and tempos. We can even use our scooters, our bikes and our mopeds for our heavy lifting. We carry a variety of things on our vehicles, such as –
… and even wives 😉
Oh, but we take our safety seriously!
An old advertisement run by Bajaj had a very famous slogan – Hamara Bajaj (our Bajaj) and rightly so since our Indian families make the most of the humble scooter. Then came the Hero Honda Motorcycles that called out to the raging hormones of the young Indian boys with their catchy slogan – Desh ki Dhadkan (the heartbeat of the nation). But both these vehicles were anything but mere vehicles for us Indians. They have since become an extension of our families, weathering our ups and downs, on the road and in our lives too.
Indians believe in the philosophy of Paisa Vasool and Jugaad. While the former means value for money, the latter… I can’t even translate it into English; it’s like recycling, reverse engineering and hack all wrapped into one word. These concepts emphasize not only saving money and resources but also engender ingenuity and the use of alternatives, generally more economical ones. Naturally, vehicles like Bajaj scooters, Tata trucks, Atlas bicycles and Hero Hondo motorcycles fit snugly into that ideology because they had been fashioned keeping these two innately Indian concepts in mind. Hence, acrobatic feats like these atop one of those vehicles are a common thing in our Indian families; a necessary skill if you are to navigate the Indian roads!
Source: Pinterest and BomBlogNews
But this is sheer genius! Applause, please!
So what if he doesn’t have Horsepower, he’s got RedBull!
And this is Ass-tounding!
But then our jugaadu genius doesn’t stop at just road transport. It transcends to the railways…
…and into waterways
How have these boats not capsized yet? I know you’re asking yourself that. I’m asking myself that too 😉
While the gents do all the heavy lifting with their Heavy Vehicles, it’s upto the Indian ladies to think of innovation on Light Motor Vehicles…
Okay, I’m not denying that accidents don’t happen…
…but that still doesn’t deter us Indomitable Indians!
Now hold your laughter. Don’t think we’re the only ones (ab)using our vehicles. Here’s a little something from around the world –
I’m told this is common in China too
Source: OfMiceAndRamen and SlideNews.Sina
Respect, dudes! You have tough jobs.
A little something from Africa.
Somewhere in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, in South America.
I read this was at Sacramento Airport, USA!
Who do you think does it best? 😉
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Have a great day!
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