Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Where there is law, there is jugaad

From the India Uncut blog:

Nepal has ordered its customs officials to wear pocketless pants, with a view to discouraging bribes. You know what’s gonna happen now, don’t you? The sales of underwear with inbuilt pockets will go up! Where there is law, there is jugaad.

Senior customs official to his deputy: Is that a bulge in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

(Punya Mishra explains: Jugaad is a Hindi word which does not have a straight forward equivalent in English. [...] the closest [...] would be “situational or indigenous creativity,” the ability to make do creatively with the tools/resources one has at hand.)

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