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This is India! (nine)

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 else I’ve been up to:

This week I’ve been up to nothing outside this site in terms of writing! I’ve had loads of massage appointments come through all week, so as I type this I’m laying on the couch waiting for MY masseuse to get here and fix me. I also played with an abandoned baby monkey who needs a babysitter until September.. Ben is with the monkey now, Nassi, and obviously wants to keep her. I’m also started a NEW business but that’s still a secret for now ;)

Now for your story!

We had just ordered our food at a nice restaurant. The waiter was just the nicest guy ever. It was raining and we were having a cup of hot tea.

The waiter came up to us with a huge smile and a cage… with a rat in it.

“Look madam, nice mouse, we just caught him!”

He was standing behind Ben and Ben was facing me. He silently mouthed, “what the fuck?” while I gave a huge smile back and said, “he’s really nice, are you keeping him?”

The waiter explained he was just going to go let him out somewhere else.

Now, I know some people would get upset about a rat (or the cutest mouse in India; it’s debatable) in the restaurant or even one being brought up to the table while you’re about to eat, but this guy was just so nice and I hate to make people feel embarrassed. For example, even when someone says something incorrect, I am not the type to call them out I just go along with it. I went along with this too.

The waiter walked off with his 8 inch “mouse” and we later enjoyed a delicious dinner.

This is India!


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About the Author:

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. Hope & Sugar August 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    LOL! Thankfully I’ve never experienced this before!

  2. Wolfgang August 1, 2014 at 4:52 am - Reply

    somewhen in the 80s, in a restaurant in Baga, I saw a big cockroach in my wife´s
    whatever-masala. but I knew their greasy kitchen already and was not to be surprised.
    we both liked the food they served and kept on eating there..

  3. Emily August 1, 2014 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Wow – that’s a different kind of show and tell!

  4. Andrea Anastasiou August 1, 2014 at 5:49 am - Reply

    I would have squealed! I hate rats!

  5. Empty Rucksack August 1, 2014 at 8:54 am - Reply

    As long as it is not in your food, it should be ok :-P

  6. Ashley August 1, 2014 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I can’t say I’ve ever heard of an employee being proud that their restaurant has rats! Haha!

  7. Elora August 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Ha! I would have loved to be there! I’m not so freaked out about critters being around either–it happens. It’s natural. Although that’s not to say that it isn’t something that should be guarded against, if possible! I would have just laughed and told him how cute he was. I’m a big animal lover–I caught a rat running around the daycare center when I was five. It was one of the pet white ones with red eyes (it had snuck out in the early morning, somehow). Some people have a phobia about rats–obviously I don’t. ;D

    • Rachel Jones August 3, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

      haha aw, cute that you caught one as a kid! I actually don’t like the white rats because their eyes scare me but this was a big fatty like the ones I see in Bombay! more like a small cat haha

  8. Christine | The Journeyoguer August 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Another great India story Rachel! But I am SO squeamish when it comes to rats, I don’t think I would have been able to be as cool as you were, I might have squealed, and even if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to stop my face giving me away! :)

    • Rachel Jones August 3, 2014 at 9:15 am - Reply

      hahah yes it is hard, but I think I see so many shocking things I’m good at the poker face these days!

  9. The Guy August 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply


    Are you sure that guy wasn’t trying to shock you and get a reaction from you?

    As someone who just got back from India last night, I hope none of my waiting staff were of a similar mind.

    • Rachel Jones August 3, 2014 at 9:15 am - Reply

      hahah no I don’t think so! He was smiling and very proud! It was really cute actually.

  10. john obrien August 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    hi rachel,
    about that mouse…in vietnam he’d be on the menu.as we’ve seen.best to you.

  11. Justine August 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Way to be able to go with the flow! I have no idea how I would have reacted in that situation. Wait…You guys have a pet monkey!?

    • Rachel Jones August 3, 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

      hahahh a pet monkey, well no- but ben babysits a monkey and I go sometimes. There’s a place nearby that has like 40 and the babies can’t be left alone AT ALL for a YEAR!! so they need people to come, and in monsoon there are no people! so yeah, the baby is Nissa and she’s so cute

  12. Hidden in a Book August 2, 2014 at 3:55 am - Reply

    I thought that was a really cute story. I think rats are actually cute, but am unfortunately very allergic to them.

    Thanks for another “This is India!” story – keep them coming!

    • Rachel Jones August 3, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

      oh wow, not a bad thing to be allergic to lol!

      • Hidden in a Book August 3, 2014 at 9:23 am - Reply

        Depends on how you look at it. ;-) I like rats, and used to have a friend who had a pet rat I looked after from time to time.

        • Ant August 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

          Agreed, rats and most other animals are cute and I wouldn’t mind seeing that “mouse” myself.

  13. Alex, Speaking Denglish August 2, 2014 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Pahahah your reaction – you’re definitely immune to India moments like this now!

    Can’t wait to hear about your business!

  14. Victoria August 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    That is so out there Rachel and so funny. I hate rats but I don’t mind mice, and don’t get me started on monkeys. Everywhere I go, they follow, and they know!!!

    • Rachel Jones August 5, 2014 at 3:29 am - Reply

      haha how funny! I have a post coming up soon about babysitting some monkeys :)

  15. Joella J in Beijing August 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    I’m totally the same- I would just smile and look interested even though I’m really thinking wtf..? Ha. Very interested to find out more about your new secret business.. :-)

    • Rachel Jones August 7, 2014 at 2:29 am - Reply

      Yes, well everythign takes ages to get started in india so it’s a slow process. You may be waiting to find out for a while lol!

  16. ellen Bak September 12, 2014 at 4:20 am - Reply

    LOL! So I just read all the ‘This is India ‘Posts and just love them. # 9 with the rat was hysterical! I would of said exactly what Ben said! Im still laughing. I hope to meet you two some day. I hope to be on the road myself soon! Keep up the good work, Rachel !

    • Rachel Jones September 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      I’m do glad you like them! thanks for the comment :)

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