Anand Mahindra’s viral tweet on 'Khatiya-vator' showcases Indian jugaad at its best

Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group, tweeted a video recently in which a construction vehicle can be seen attached with a cot bed being used as an excavator.
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Indians are known for their jugaad, which means an innovative and flexible approach to solve a problem. From making instant noodles over an iron to converting an old scooter into a repair shop like Yusuf Farukh Shaikh, people have found many hacks to make their lives easier.

What has now captured netizens' imagination is a video of a makeshift excavator, made by using a kathiya or cot bed.

Anand Mahindra is known for his interest in low-cost innovation. (Image: Money Control)


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The 30-second video was posted on Twitter by Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group, who is known for his wit as well as his interest in low-cost innovation. He tweeted saying:

“I think the phrase ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ was invented by Indians!” “Here’s a new product our farm & construction sectors will have to consider as a replacement for an excavator: A ‘Khatiya-vator’.”

The video showcases a person using the makeshift excavator made from cot bed to pick up a load of earth.


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The video, which was posted on Tuesday, was flooded with reactions and has already been liked by more than 15,000 people. It was also retweeted 2,900 times, reports Indian Express.

This isn’t the first time Mahindra has expressed his interest in local innovations. Last year, he had tweeted a photo of a cobbler in Haryana and said that he should be teaching at the Indian Institute of Management. Mahindra was impressed by the cobbler’s originality in marketing his shop with a quirky tagline stating, ‘Hospital for injured shoes by Dr Narseeram’. He had also mentioned the timings for the OPD where he could be consulted for the broken shoes, reports NDTV.


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