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This is India! 34

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!) car accidents india 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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Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. anuj January 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    in india turf always matters no matter what u have done but if uare at ur local place u wil l escape but if u in other land or turf or state u can be grilled easily

  2. venus john January 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    scary..i was in goa in 2012..to renew my driving licence and I was driving a car which I had taken on rent for two days from a rent a car shop near dona paula junction..
    I was driving very slowly,and the car in front of me,took a left turn and I almost stopped ..and the car behind me hit my car..the locals who gathered were trying to say its my fault,as I had the right turn signal on..i had put it on,as I was trying to overtake the car in front of me for a few minutes..
    the police came and luckily sorted out the issue..but I had to pay rs.2000 to a mechanic in vasco to repair the dent in the car.. I was going back to Bombay the next day,so I was lucky that the matter got sorted out,as I never pay a bribe,so it is always more difficult for me.. I also went to the police station in verna,i think and gave him some sweets,for dealing with the locals and helping me to get out of the situation quickly..

    • Rachel Jones January 28, 2015 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Wow you got so lucky, that was really sweet of you to make them sweets!

  3. Rebekah January 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    hahaha- this reminds me of when I lived in Zambia. My dad used to refuse to pay bribes and just go sit in prison for an hour or so until my the police got worried and let him go. People ALL stop in china when there is an accident and give their opinion about who’s fault it was and who should pay….

  4. s a joshi January 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    i got to see something like this about three years back…the lady in front car got in fight with the guy in the back. now, how do you hit a woman?.well u don’t. So he distracted her while his partner took off with her car keys leaving her stranded in the middle of the road..cars from behind would honk honk honk till a lane opened and traffic moved. i dnt know how long the lady was stranded there. we left as soon as lane opened. Damn funny..

  5. Colleen Brynn January 24, 2015 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Ah, the Indian drama… there’s never enough!

  6. Sarah Swann January 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Aughhhhh. Sometimes these little “India moments” can be so frustrating I want to scream, but I know it won’t do any good! Better to be able to just take things in stride and poke a little fun at them like you do :) glad your driver didn’t get in any trouble!

    • Rachel Jones January 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Yeah I was so worried about the driver. He was young and really nice. He kept singing that hiphop song that goes “work hard, play hard, work hard.. play hard.. ” hahaha

  7. A Nair January 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I thought you would have featured in this … http://www.outlookindia.com/article/No-Such-Thing-As-Ghar-Wapasi/293192

    Interesting to see so many foreigners make India their home and enjoying their stay despite some day to day hardships.

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