I recently saw this video on jugaad by Exide Life which goes with
#NoMoreShortCuts. Wheather we love it or hate it, we can’t ignore jugaad in India. Why we even have a vehicle called jugaad! However, jugaad takes us only so far! Along with Exide many have realized that jugaad is short term. I still remember their Money Book concept which encouraged families to keep their financial information in an accessible place. It is a simple but brilliant idea. And honestly most of us ignore it!
If you are interested in jugaad and innovation I would also encourage you to watch Professor Rishikesh Krishnan’s video on the topic. He is currently the director of IIM Indore but I knew him as the external examiner for my Ph.D. viva! He was at IIM Bangalore then. He is an excellent speaker and passionate about the subject.
Moving back to travel and me (after all it is my blog) I don’t think I have a jugaad mentality, at least not a massive one. But when I review my behavior I feel there are some aspects which I would like to change about my traveling.
Lousy Hotels that My Husband Likes
I met my husband where else but at IIT Kanpur. Before that from 6th to M.A. I studied in women’s school and college! I was the outsider, the poor research scholar! He was the IIT JEE undergrad! He now works in a swank multinational. But when it comes to hotels he can stay in the most hideous hole without batting an eyelid. In the initial years he dragged me too! I went along for a while. Then I started protesting, then I simply put my foot down!
I have no objection to staying in local places or budget places, I also like budget places. But I don’t have the same level of tolerance as him! I wonder what took me so long to make him scared about dragging me to a lousy hole, there is no other way to describe his choice of hotels! I should have done that from the word go!
What Will I Wear?
My sister is the only one in the family with a dress sense. I am bad. Before a trip she often asks me, “So what will you wear?” And it irritates the hell out of me. I will wear anything that is ironed and at hand! Now it was fine till I used to travel for leisure. But then I went ahead and made travel my work too. And there in lies the catch.
I discovered hotels which have a dress code! I went to events where I need to look the part. I so love to live in a faded jeans (substitute it with shorts/track lower according to the weather and need) and mismatched t-shirt but slowly I am forced to pay attention to the question ‘what will I wear?’
I wish I did it in college when learning anything new was easy but then it is better late than never! I still manage to look like a dump when the occasion demands to look like a million dollars but then as House says ‘people don’t change.’ Not that much anyway!
When it Comes to Freelance Payments
Now that I have managed to make travel my work I need to deal with the consequences. I traded a paycheck for freelance. I did freelance even while I was working full time. So I went in with my eyes open. My pet peeve with freelance work is that many clients don’t pay on time. I still manage to deal with it.
But there was this once instance when I landed up myself in a situation where I didn’t get paid at all! Now that was a first even for me. I certainly wish I knew how not to land myself in such a soup. Anyway a valuable lesson learned the hard way! I try my best not to make the same mistake twice. And no I don’t believe in naming such people, this is a situation beyond hope. May karma catch up with them!
The Resistance to Raincoats, Umbrellas and Dry Bags
I have not paid a price for it yet! I am not so worried about myself, I am not made of salt so I won’t dissolve in water! But my camera and water don’t mix well and yet I have been managing with polythene! I too indulge in jugaad after all!
I will do it Later!
All my working life, I thought I would keep working for ever. Never made a bucket list of the places I wanted to go just took random holidays, expensive ones too! That was the time when cash flow was good!
Now I wish I had a bucket list! At the next opportunity, when I am in an expensive mood (and the cash flow permits it), I am going to visit places I really want to rather than booking anything last moment! I learned this one the hard way too!
What are your views on juggad vs being systematic?
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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