Draught Animals of India: Vehicles and the Indian Jugaad

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 –


Source: Arjun Sharma

I bet if you’re in India you have come across suchΒ 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.


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Source: Pinterest

*Yawn* this is a common sight, Pradita. Show us something new, I hear you say.

Well, here you go.


Source: Pinterest

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.



Source: NDTV


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 –




Source: Tudopremail





Source: Pinterest


… and even wives πŸ˜‰

funny bike riding india

Source: LOL Indian


Oh, but we take our safety seriously!

Always wear a helmet

Source: Pinterest


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!

Source: Buzzfeed

And this is Ass-tounding!


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Source: Pinterest


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 πŸ˜‰

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…


This happens only in India

Source: Pinterest


Okay, I’m not denying that accidents don’t happen…

…but that still doesn’t deter us Indomitable Indians!

A ship overloaded with passengers

Source: EzineMark


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.


Source: Pinterest


Somewhere in the Middle East.


Source: Pinterest

Meanwhile, in South America.


Source: Fint31


I read this was at Sacramento Airport, USA!


Here's a reason to visit the Sacramento airport! [we DO have a nice airport]

Source: Pinterest

Who do you think does it best? πŸ˜‰

If this made you laugh make sure to like, comment and share it with others. If you have your own jugaadu incidents, please, please, please share!

Have a great day!Β 


Copyright Β©2018 Pradita Kapahi.

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30 thoughts on “Draught Animals of India: Vehicles and the Indian Jugaad

  1. Amazing! Just amazing!
    Even knowing the fact that our safety is in our own hands, such people don’t stop. God knows what can they achieve after losing their own life.
    But thanks for coming up with such an awestrucking topic.. The pictures shared are literally mind blowing.

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  2. Pradita, where do you get so much time to gather them? And you know why I am stressing on your time again and again… πŸ˜‚

    This post is hilarious as the PQ one on Candles Online the other day and also a very informative.

    Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  3. Enjoyed flipping through this pictures, Pradita. Let me sum it up, One, our people are extremely resourceful. Two, a large part of the population is not wealthy enough to afford things so they resort to low-cost options. And it’s not restricted to India only, you can find something similar in other parts of Asia and Africa. This is a reality that we need to accept.

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  4. Ha ha, such a common sight on indian highways..The last pic is toh totally mind blowing πŸ˜‚
    I’ve seen public transport buses tilting to one side, moving at a snails pace, due to overloading..
    God literally saves us πŸ™

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