It is said that ‘necessity is the mother of invention.’ The proverb holds true when a person goes to manage everyday tasks. What it means is that when put in a difficult situation, one is likely to be inspired to create a novel or ingenious solution. Most of the Indians are aware of the jugaads they have to make to extract more from less. Remember Shah Rukh Khan in the movie My Name Is Khan when he flashes a cardboard saying repair almost everything.
Something similar came to light when 38-year-old Yusuf Farukh Shaikh from Pune used his scooter and modified it to make it a complete repair shop.
Shaikh is using his modified scooter to fix punctures. He has done a lot of modifications to his scooter to give it its current shape. He has retrofitted it with an air tank and compressor that are used to fill air into tyres.
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To do all these modifications, Shaikh spent nearly Rs 12,000 and it took nearly a month to complete it. He charges Rs 50 to repair a puncture and out of this he spends nearly Rs 10 of petrol in doing the repair work.
This unique modification has helped Shaikh to earn at least Rs 8,000 to 10,000 every month.
In the recent period, jugaad has become very popular in the business world, and Indian management gurus are advising Western businesses to use the thrifty entrepreneurialism as a blueprint for success in tough economic times. (The story first appeared in The Times of India).