Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.
What I was up to other than here:
- Werkenntwen Instagram was #3 on the list: 20 Amazing Female Journeyers to Follow on Instagram by Brit + Co. Super stoked and sure it’s because of all the beauty I got to see in Karnataka recently. If you’re not following me yet, please do! I post many photos there that don’t make my site or Facebook page.
- Werkenntwen is on the list Top Solo travel Blogs to Follow in 2015 by Peanuts or Pretzels. My favorite blogger, Alex in Wanderland is also on the list so, that called for a drink!
- Where Will You Journey in 2015? I shared my hopes for the next year that include a train ride through Europe on this article by Wandercrush.
- One of the little travel quotes meme’s I made was shared in this article: 8 Inspirational Quotes to Get you Moving for Blue Osa Blog.
- This week Werkenntwen reached a huge milestone. There are now over 100,000 page views of the blog each month! So stoked!! THANK YOU for reading!
Now your story,
I briefly mentioned this back in another “This is India” post, but our driver got in a little fender bender that wasn’t his fault. The guy behind us hit the Innova pretty hard… twice. It was a group of Karnatakan guys down for Dasara holiday weekend. This is an example of how something small that would have been handled easily back home is handled in India. It’s also an example of now that I’ve finally learned to STAY OUT OF IT! Basically, even something this small can turn into a HUGE issue in India because of the phenomenon “rubber-necking” where some Indian (men especially) love to get involved in drama. They LOVE it. So, as a forienger it’s always best to stay in your car, keep your mouth shut, and don’t get out in take picture (whoops, I had to to show you guys!) The Karnatakan driver denies hitting the car. He’s all “I don’t think it’s possible I’m the one who’s done that damage..” and our driver is all “umm, clearly you did and everyone here knows it”. So why wouldn’t these guys just give our driver some money? Well, they were denying because the man driving didn’t have a license.
Things started to get heated and this is when Ben and I sat firmly in our seats in the car avoiding eye with anyone.
The police were coming. Police are bribable in India as evertime who lives or travels here knows. As suspected, they watched from the sideline after marking the cars placements with chalk.
The driver of our car was the sweetest Goan boy. He had a lot of friends there that were local Goans on his side. The Karnatakans didn’t stand a chance… after all, this wasn’t their turf.
Seeing the desperate situation, one guy thoughT let’s just SLAP the shit of the karnatakans until they hand over the cash. And that is just what they did.
The police watched. The driver got his 2,000 rs. We drove off and finally traffic was no longer at a stand still- I mean, c’mon did you think we pulled over to the side of the road during all this?
This is India!
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