If you are a north Indian I won't have to explain what it the title means, but for the rest of us (I hail from south India) this is what my husband had to say when I asked him what it means (I'm not going to give it out right away...I need to build up the excitement).

As soon as I got married I moved to Gurgaon, a city very close to New Delhi and Hindi is the spoken language there. Luckily we studied it in school and even though my Hindi was very broken with a strong south Indian accent, I could follow conversations. At this point of time I would like to thank the Bollywood industry whose films I watched over the years and learnt more Hindi from here than at school. Now who wouldn't like to watch some lovey-dovey scenes and peppy dance numbers instead of learning sentence formation. Grammar is for dummies anyways!! :D

So I kept hearing this term 'jugaad' almost everywhere I went. 'We cannot find a part for this vehicle...no problem we can do some 'jugaad' 'is what the mechanic would say. Some days back this word was floating in my mind while still in bed, so first thing after waking up I asked my husband (who spent most of his childhood in north India and speaks Hindi better than his mother tongue Telugu) what would the English word for jugaad be. While he pondered, I asked if it meant creativity. He said, it could mean creativity, but also something more.

Just found out there is a whole Wikipedia page for this word. There is also a vehicle called 'Jugaad'!! :) I saw it a couple of times around some rural areas, but never got a ride in it. So basically my post is a waste??? Hey wait!! I will show you how I did jugaad! :P

You know the whole pledge I took about not making soap till I get back to India because of weight issues (not mine, but the soaps that have to be carried back in my bags). But soon enough the soap itch was getting too much to bear. So I scratched some internet pages to see if soap bars could be converted to liquid soap....Hallelujah they could be!! Some of my very first batch of goat's milk soaps were lying in the cupboard and had lost almost all the scent, so I scraped them up and added them to just about steaming distilled water, like the recipe said. I don't know where I found the recipe...just google it if you want to try. 

The old Goat's milk bar. I added 3 bars, about 200 gms
to about 7 tea cups of water. The recipe wasn't strict about the water

Soap shaving...I am craving something caramel right now

Into the pot of hot water

I stirred in a little bit of pumpkin seed oil (the recipe said you could add any oil for some moisturizing). In the end after the solution cooled down in went about 10 ml of Lemon essential oil.

I think it's ready

After some time, two layers...separation??
I don't know.
I just shook the heck out of it till it mixed again.

Well the soap solution is quite nice. We have been using it for a few days now and it isn't drying out my skin like the store bought liquid handwash. This is how I tackled the no soaping situation.

Jugaad, according to Wikipedia is an innovative fix or a work-around a problem. Many solutions to everyday problems lie in this widely used concept in India.

Do share your jugaad stories...would love to read them!!

I'm off to jugaad something for lunch! ;)


Cynthia-Rose Julian said...

As they say, 'where there's a will there's a way'! Loved your story.

Nitya said...

That is so true Cynthia! Realized I wasn't following your blog...been having a lot of blogger issues for sometime now, but figured out a way to deal with some of them. Read all your lovely posts today and I am following your blog now. :)

http://mijnzeep.wordpress.com/ said...

Lovely post. I am happy to know more about you ...
have a nice weekend

Nitya said...

Thank you Natalia!
I wish you a great week ahead!!


Becca said...

Thank you for the nice comments on my blog! I loved reading yours today, I think it's wonderful that people can live on opposite sides of the world, and still feel the same about making soap! I look forward to following your blog and your soapy adventures!

Soaps and Bubbles said...

waaww thats amazing!
I will try this one at home too; maybe the separation happened because the new oils you added to the pot didnt mix well with the water; maybe next time try to mix it before poring it into the bottle? (just thinking and writing.. :) )
tnx for the share

Nitya said...

Thank you Soaps and Bubbles! I added just about a tablespoon or two of pumpkin seed oil, so I don't think the separation could be because of that...or could it be?

It is nice to try this out with some old soap. I haven't made real liquid soap yet with Potassium hydroxide, but plan to make it one day. This liquid soap does get a little lumpy after a few days. Needs to be shaken up and then it becomes creamy and flows easily.

Have fun experimenting! :)

miscellanea said...

I have to make "jugaad" with most of my soaps because they nearly never ever turn out the way I planned them. But after "beeing creative" I like them in the most cases. And I like Your jugaad-story!

Nitya said...

@Petra: I totally agree as to how soaps turn out so differently than planned. Seems like the soaps have a mind of their own. :D
Have a great week ahead!

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