Adnan Azad, Software Tester at Nanostuffs Technology (2015-present)
Here are just a few things that the West could learn from India:
No matter what the problem is, we always find a way to hack it. So much so, thatjugaad is now recognised as an invaluable lesson to the world!
2) Frugal living
Tell an Indian you need to buy something, and he (or she) will show you a better bargain for it. Our constant need for better deals makes sure we get the best value for our money, ever!Frugal living
3) Our 'don't waste' approach
What do you do when you finish your bottle of Coke? Chances are you use the pet bottle to keep water in the fridge. We find an alternate use for nearly everything in our lives - from plastic bottles to old clothes. The lesser you waste, the lesser you need in your life!
4) Our kickass strategy games
Did you know that Chess, Carrom, Snake and Ladders and Ludo are all games that originated from India?
5) Our language-learning skills
With over 22 officially recognised languages (that too, excluding the dialects and minor languages!) the linguistic diversity in our country is just insane! As a result, most of us grow up speaking multiple languages, and learning even more during our lifetimes. Which in turn, is enough mental exercise to make us rather smart .
Our vast and ever changing landscape, the major climatic changes in the country as well as cultural and linguistic diversity force us to adapt to new surroundings and unfamiliar situations. Being as we are, pros at doing jugaad work, we always find a way to make ourselves fit in - be it within the country or abroad!
Abhinav Pandey, lives in India
Rest of the world is already learning many things from India and Indians.
Look at these pictures:
They are providers of leaf made packagings and serving plates. A German company focuses on producing leaf plates, like rural India uses.
According to them they are using new technology that is recyclable and energy efficient. They got accolades and funds for their new venture.
Now look at this picture :
This is the standard Pattal- Dona made of leaves which was used by traditional Indian households for serving food to the guests. Born in eastern UP, my entire childhood was filled with Pattal- Dona parties : Most Cost effective and Quickly biodegradable serving and packaging product.
这是树叶制成的标准的Pattal- Dona,传统的印度家庭用此容器为客人提供食物。我出生在印度东部,我的整个童年充满了Pattal- Dona:性价比最高、能迅速进行生物降解的装菜和打包的产品。
There are thousands other native Indian methods and technologies which are given by our ancestors. They are very cost effective and nature friendly but getting faded due to the lack of care and preservation.
Deepak Arya, Wish big, plan moderate , act small :)
Sharing water and food
Few months back we had a teammate joining from germany , who was visiting India for the first time . As we say athithi devo bhava( Guest is god ), On his first day we tried our best to make him comfortable to surrounding and when he was thirsty , one of us offered him to take a sip form our shared bottle ( We all drank water from the bottle without touching it from lips ) and to our surprise he just took the bottle and put his lips on it and emptied it fully. Obviously he was not that close to us that moment so we had to chuck that bottle due to obvious reason.Now after living for 2 months with us, he learned how to drink water without touching it with his lips, sharing gravies,vegetables, naans and other food together and not ordering individually .