Indians use a term “Jugaad” to describe practical innovations to solve problems. Here is one such jugaad.
I came across two interesting characters making bicycles using bamboo frames and I share both with my readers.
The first one is from Ghana and this article will give you all the information on the contraption.
The next one is an Indian and you can see his story in this youtube clip.
An 80 year old man is building another Taj Mahal as a memorial for his lady love. You don’t believe me? Please read this article.
Another old man, finding taking a boat cumbersome and having to wait for it, invents a contraption that takes him across a river in no time. You can read all about it here.
I hope that you enjoy reading another post of the Friday Loose Bloggers’ Consortium when eleven of us post on the same topic chosen by one of us. Today’s topic has been chosen by Magpie11.
Please do visit Ashok, Conrad, Grannymar, Magpie11, Maria, Gaelikaa, Helen, Judy, Anu and Ginger to see ten other views on the same topic. Some of these bloggers may be preoccupied with vacations, examinations, family problems and/or romance, so be a little indulgent in case they do not post or post late.
The first wacky (or is it whacky?) is this, an amphibious bicycle.
You can also read the BBC article about this wacky idea and person to know why I call it a whacky idea.
The next whacky idea is this one.
This is a lassi maker. Lassi is a drink made by churning yogurt.Traditionally the churning was done by hand using a gadget like this.
In the Punjab, Lassi is extremely popular and till a few years ago, in restaurants where the demand is high, the process of churning the yogurt was done by an electric churner, which itself was a whacky idea. It was simply the same gadget shown above electrified with a motor at the rear and the contraption hanging down from the ceiling, The much admired electrified churner has now been replaced by ordinary washing machines to do the churning. I do not have a photograph but I am advised that a washing machine in miniature form for this specific purpose has already hit the market in the Northern parts of India.
The third whacky idea and person is a personal story.
We were driving down to Hyderabad when one of the front shock absorbers got off the mounting and made an infernal racket. The top end had made the holding hole larger and the holding nut was slipping through the hole. We drove on till we came to a small wayside town primarily catering to the nearby farms and found a mechanic sleeping under a thatch roof. We woke him up and when he saw what the problem was, he informed us that he would fix it in a jiffy, He simply took a smaller size nut and force turned it on the shaft to make the shaft narrower. He then put two metal washers on top and the bottom of the hole to make the hole smaller and reinserted the shock absorber and fixed it in place with a smaller nut along with a holding nut. I had that vehicle for five years after the event and nothing further needed to be done to that shock absorber ever till I had the car. For all his pains and the two new nuts that he put in, the mechanic took Rs,50/=, just a little over a dollar in current exchange rate. Before we could all get back into the car and drive away, he quietly went back to sleep in his little shack.
Here is what I call innovation at its best. The sender of course called it “Presenting the Redneck Tank Top.”
I would have liked to have seen him getting it ready as well as putting it on. Must have taken some doing!
Perhaps Hanes can use this to advertise the versatility of their product!