JUGAAD: What are the best examples of India's Jugaad, used to solve everyday problems? by Hrithik Gavali
Answer by Hrithik Gavali:
Recently, I drove from Mumbai to Nashik and took a break midway at a dhaba/restaurant.
There I saw this:
There were plastic bags, filled with water, hanging on the entrance.
Surprised, I asked the waiter for what purpose are these bags hanging. To which he replied, "It keeps the houseflies away".
Amazed by this and curious to know the logic, I searched and found this:
2. Use Plastic Water Bags to Keep Away Flies
This is rather interesting and a very effective way to get rid of flies. You just need to have a clear plastic bag filled with water. When you hang this bag at your outdoor entrances, flies will not be able to enter your house. There are at least two reasons explained for this remedy which seems to be beyond logic. One is that the flies are not able to see the water bag as a water bag. Due to their structure of eyes, clear water filled bags are seen as something resembling a spider’s web by the flies. As such, they don’t come near such thing. The other reason states that the reflection of water is enough to disorient the flies and to create some unexplainable illusion to them. You may also see fruit stand with water bags hanging on their stalls. They do it to keep the flies off their fruits shop.