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This is India! 101

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:

  • Work, work, work. I have been having website server issues which would bore you to hear about but it’s been the worst & costly. If you ever try to come to my site and get a “403 error” on the screen I would love if you would screenshot that and sent it over to me on email or social media.
  • I am looking for hire someone who knows how to use Rewardstyle & Shopstyle if you’re reading this and you’re a VA, email me please.
  • Reading: a book I’m not sure about yet called
    . It’s good so far. Would love some suggestions on what you guys are reading. I like books that are like “Girl on the Train” or “Gone Girl”, which I guess have a a more intelligent word for their genre that “who done it?” novels… psychological thrillers?
  • Ben and I are off to Singapore on Thursday. Not gonna lie, we’re stoked to get a Burger King (or 3). We’ve got a wedding and will be back to Goa Tuesday.
  • Writing: I got published on which was super cool, even though they don’t pay for the articles.
  • I’m going to try an use Snapchat while in Singapore and give it a go again. I’m not sure if I like it yet. If you have it, you can see videos and pics on there. Username: hippie-inheels. Share yours with me so I can follow you back!
  • Lastly, working out. An awesome blog reader, Kaitlyn, commented that I should check out “toneitup” for work out videos and I did. They are great! I’ve been doing them every day which will pretty much be canceled out with all the fast food I’m sure to eat in Singapore.

Now your story,

I don’t know why it took me so long to share a pic of our veg seller! We go here for our weekly veg (when we feel like cooking that week) and fill up the little metal bowls with what we want to be weighed out.

This is India! 101

This is India! 101

We usually get a lot more than we did on this trip, but in the end got what you see pictured below for 100 Rs ($1.50). I think she gives us an okay deal because we use her a lot, but even so I’m sure as foreigners we are paying more than what it really costs. No point is bothering over $1.50 though since we’re more than happy with it. I’m curious how much this would cost back home: 6 big carrots, 5 big potatoes, 5 red onions, two bunches of spring onions, garlic bulb, 5 tomatoes. How much would it cost in your country? and Indian readers, how much should this cost!?This is India! 101

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.

21 Comments

  1. Shashank Rao May 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    It is usually weighed here by the KG. And the cost varies between various cities and also between street vendors and supermarkets. There are also wholesale markets where we get it for the lowest possible price. But for the things you mentioned, on an average, I think it costs between Rs 100-125. So I don’t think you were overcharged. :)

    • Rachel Jones May 13, 2016 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      wow I’m impressed then! I’ll keep going to this same veggie lady :)

      • Shashank Rao May 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

        Street vendors and vegetable market vendors usually have a fixed price. You can always bargain and make them reduce about Rs 2 per kg. But they are also the ones who toil hard and bring vegetables on push carts to your doorstep. They work really hard. :)

  2. TBL May 14, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Agree with Shashank! Saving 5 Rs possibly doesn’t make much of a difference to the buyer. The veggie sellers don’t make a lot to squeeze out their margin.

  3. Barbara KRAUSE May 14, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Hallo and good morning ! I LOVE reading your blog and your pictures. But please start using a shopping bag. Say NO to plastic bag’s. Spread the word. And, keep on writing. ENJOY, peace, LOVE and Fish Curry Rice :-) Barbarella

  4. ellen May 14, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Southern California, Orange County.
    Just under $10.00 US , Maybe more.
    If its Organic , definitely More

  5. Kimberly May 14, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking that would cost at least 5X as much in California, maybe more! So where does your cute doggie go when you guys travel?

    • Rachel Jones May 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      We have a friend/neighbor come stay at our house with our pets :)

      • Kimberly May 16, 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

        Awesome:) My boyfriend & I want to get pets, and also love to travel. We need to find a good neighbor/friend to pet sit! Keep your posts about life coming, I like that:) Happy travels!

  6. Same day taj mahal tour May 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Every vegetable has some fix price, and street vendors always weight the vegetable quantity. I am thinking all the items are usually around Rs 100.

  7. Justine May 15, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

    YES! This looks exactly like my veggie stand near my apartment in Beijing. It is so much cheaper (and better) to buy produce there versus the store. For a bag like that it costs a couple of bucks in Beijing. It’s the best :)

  8. Colleen Brynn May 16, 2016 at 1:32 am - Reply

    I remember getting fruit/veg in India and being blown away by how cheap it all was, but then when the mothers found out what I was paying, they were appalled. From then, they insisted on sending someone with me to do the bargaining for me!

    • Rachel Jones May 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      hahah i know! I always think I have a good deal then someone is like “you foolish girl!”

  9. Tim UrbanDuniya May 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    It would easily cost about 5 times that in Australia, but maybe a bit cheaper in Pakistan. I love the vegetables in this part of the world – there’s something so natural about them – they don’t always look perfect, but the flavours are strong and earthy. I really feel that they are somehow more nourishing than what gets served up in supermarkets in many Western cities.

    • Rachel Jones May 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Yes they are so nice! I do a lot of Jamie Oliver recipes and he’s does that “rustic” style of cooking where you just chop up the veggies all in big chunks and throw it all together haha I love it

  10. Kaitlyn June 18, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Hey Rachel! thanks for the shout out on your blog! I’m so glad you like Toneitup! I need to start working out again too summer is upon us!
    It’s been fun reading about all of the exciting changes on your blog and reading about your recent trips. Love the new couch you guys made too! ;-)
    I would love to go to India one day. I am looking into doing yoga teacher training in Goa for a month and then traveling around India, your site has been giving me lots of resources.

    • Rachel Jones June 19, 2016 at 5:05 am - Reply

      Thanks Kaitlyn! Toneitup is really good. I have just been watching random youtube videos but I want to check out their site and maybe sign up for a program or app (whatever they offer to get more workout videos cuz I get bored of the same thing!) I also like one called blogilates another girl mentioned! Let me know when you’re in Goa!

  11. Kalyani January 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    That’s normal price 100 only it would have costed in any part of india :) and dont worry , once you make the vendor friendly , they will start offering you the best vegetables , this is one of the perks of being a refular customer in India to some locsl vendor shop .

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