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Jugaad

Jugaad is a Hindi term that is currently widely used in India and Pakistan. Its literal meaning is “to get things done” but many people agree that “creative improvisation” is a more appropriate translation of the word. Indeed, this management term is traditionally used to describe a cheaper way...

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Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan, which literally means “a tie of protection”, is a traditional Hindu festival that is celebrated in August. The festival is dedicated to the love and affection between brothers and sisters. It is also a way to cherish any brother-sister-like caring and protective relationship between men and women,...

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Mahout

Mahout is a Hindi word with Sanskrit origins, which literally means “one having great measure”. This term was introduced to describe a keeper, trainer and rider of an elephant. This is a family profession where young boys are assigned their own elephants to whom they remain bonded throughout their...

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Kachchi Misri

Kachchi Misri (other forms of the word include: Kacchi Misri, Kachi Misri) literally means “temporary sweet”. This term is used to describe one of the Sindhi wedding customs – the first of the many wedding ceremonies that takes place after both families give their approval. It is a small...

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Mataji

Mataji is a Hindi term that literally means ‘a respected mother’. This is a polite term used to address an older woman in Indian culture, if the speaker does not know her very well. The word Mataji, when used to address any woman in general, or somebody’s mother in...

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Kutcha butcha

Kutcha butcha is a derogatory Hindi phrase that literally means “half-baked bread” or “uncooked child”. It is used to refer to bi-racial people of Indian and British ancestry. The term is meant to indicate individuals who are neither Indian nor British, and emphasize their lack of belonging to either...

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Bullock Cart

The bullock cart is one thing you will find as a major means of transport in the rural areas of India. But can you imagine a bullock cart moving around in the fast moving traffic in the cities; well you can watch this video then.  

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The Tailor

Sudhan Sarvoday is a tailor in Pune, India .He is running this business for past thirty years. At the same time he also conducts various side businesses with the help of his wife. He sells leftover pieces of clothes to paper producing industries. His wife sells utensils in exchange...

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Ganpati Festival

Ganesh Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha (also know as Ganpati or Ganesh), the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. Ganehsa is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Traditional stories...

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