Meen Body Vandi, Fish Vehicle, மீன் பூடி வண்டி -Jugaad of Tamilnadu, India
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'Meen Body Vandi': Fish Bed-Vehicle. A Tamil locally made (Desi), low-cost improvised conversion of tricycle/trike/three-wheeler (Jugaad). Containing parts from Indian used/salvaged motorcycles and scooters such as: Rajdoot, TVS XL, Shetck (vespa), Royal Enfieldand more.
One interesting innovation is the rear axle break which uses as salvaged belt-sander drum ( from a carpentry workshop retired machine) as the rotor and a slice of rubber from a used tire as the stator (braking pad).
In this photo it is used for well-water home-delivery, for a town with a load-sharing program that shuts the pipe supply on various neighborhoods during specific weekdays. One colorful bucketful is 4 Rupees, as of mid 2011.
Some of my tales from 2 years across rural India are up here http://jpgmag.com/people/etand/storiesAnother vivid article about Jugaads (trucks as well) here: http://www.frendz4m.com/forum/showthreads-28-0-1691796--0.htm.
More on My India: Where every village is home - Experience !.
Tamil: மீன் பூடி வண்டி
also spelled: Jugad
Also by Etan Doronne
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