• This is India! 100

This is India! 100

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:

  • Nothing too crazy going on. We’ve got our flights sorted for Singapore. We’re going there to see his friend Dom get married which I think I mentioned before. I’m going to be reviewing a flight for Singapore Air who I’m working with on a project, so I’m excited about that! I’ve never flown with them.
  • I have been writing a lot for Bravo lately, and wanted to share this piece about the Olympic torch (which has it’s own !). I was researching it to write this article and learned something interesting. Although the olympics have been going on since BC, the torch relay is only 80 years old. It was invented by Hitler’s people during the 36 Berlin Olympics – they wanted the torch to tour German cities to spread their propaganda to their people. This was the Olympics Jesse Owens won a bunch of medals. I just finished reading 
    Boys in the Boat not too long ago which was about the US rowing team over there at that time. I find it all so interesting! If it interests you check out the book as it kind of tells about Berlin using the Olympics for their own gain. If it doesn’t interest you, don’t bother with the book as it’s really long and SO detailed about history.
  • I wrote a little tid-bit about where I’d take my mom on a vacation for mother’s day which is being featured in the Huffington Post Sunday. You can see the original piece here. Happy mother’s day mom!

Now your story,

Attention: New car repair shop, Assagao!!

Ben and Babu are now the fine owners of a car repair shop. They have repaired one car, ours, and for a small fee can repair yours too.

Things they can do:

  • Hide your rust with gooey stuff so that you pass car inspection
  • Sand your car with sandpaper
  • Spray paint the car… the whole car, windshield wipers, bumpers, and all.
  • Offer those passing by “time passing” as they can watch this masterpiece free of charge!
  • Awesome Bollywood jams
  • A chance of seeing the python who lives in our garden
  • Payment accepted in Rs. or Beer.

This is India! 100

This is India! 100

This is India! 100

This is India! 100

This is India! 100

In all seriousness, our car is up for inspection and there is 0% chance the body of the Omni would have passed this year. Repairs are finished, but we haven’t had inspection.. I’ll let you know if we pass!

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. Betsy May 6, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Hey Hey!
    You sound like you are staying busy and having fun. I wish my car in the States could pass inspection with some gooey stuff!
    Question: When you first moved to Goa, how did you stay motivated to work on the blog? I am up here in the heat of Rajasthan, trying to settle in and I need to find my groove with work (the work is not blog related, but I think similar things apply). If you have any suggestions let me know.
    And good luck with the car inspection!

    • Rachel Jones May 7, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Well, I had to get motivated because I needed to make money – so that was it for me! But the heat can make it difficult. I work from home so I set a routine to help: fresh flowers each week from the market on the table, making coffee with my favorite mug, doing 10 squats & maybe some situps while it brewed.. then get straight into work until about 3 pm when I try to shut off! I think routine is really important.

      • Betsy May 7, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

        Nice! I need to set a routine. I have started a little. Working out in the morning. I like the idea of fresh flowers too!

  2. venus john May 7, 2016 at 2:52 am - Reply

    I hope they have protective industrial grade masks to wear while spray painting..bad for the lungs otherwise..

  3. SURBHI May 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply


    You seem like you are staying occupied and having some good times. I wish my auto in the States could pass assessment with some gooey stuff!

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