You speak of jugaar as something that’s quintessentially Indian, but not necessarily a good thing, definitely not a good thing long-term. But can you recall instances when you yourself have personally benefited from jugaar?
Oh, yes, lots of incidents! I tell one in Non-Stop India about a wayside mechanic, which is a classic example of my benefiting from jugaar. In the days of the Ambassador, they were always breaking down, and there would always be a jugaar solution.
You benefit from jugaar every time you go on a railway journey, almost, because somehow or the other, the train gets through despite all those minor mishaps that are bound to happen on most long journeys. The last one I went on, for example, the engine broke down, but somehow they found another engine which had to push it to the next station, and there, there was another engine to put in front, and off we went!
Image: Commuters occupy every corner of a crowded train travelling across the country.