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This is India! 104

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:

  • It’s getting hot in Goa! The monsoon hasn’t really hit yet so we are patiently waiting for the rain. Thalassa closed which is always a good party and I’ve been hanging with the chicas in all the pools we can find to escape the heat.
  • What I’m reading: I’ve just finished reading
    Oh Dear Sylvia which was by an author I’ve mentioned here before and it was a quick easy read. I’m getting ready to go back to the US for TWO months (as I have trips to a few places will be in Ohio a lot) and this is when I get all organized and throw away a bunch of old stuff or sell it so I’m reading the famous book 
    the life-changing magic of tidying up which I kid you not is SO good and will make your house so clean lol!
  • Blogging stuff: I am a contributor for Huffington Post India now, which means I can write on there as much as I want. Great for exposure of my blog to people, but it’s not paid. You might have noticed there are now small ads at the top of my blog posts. I know they are annoying (I”m sorry!) but google pays me for these a decent enough amount that I really want to keep them there… Ads and affiliate sales is the main way I earn income so I hope you can look past them (or click on them and make me the big bucks! Lol jk). I’ve been writing like crazy for my freelance jobs & the blog and finally investing a bit of cash into it. I’ve hired a couple people to help me with some small tasks and think I”ll be buying a camera this summer (as of now all photos on my blog and Instagram are from my phone which doesn’t look very professional on press trips!).

Now your story,

While flying out of Mumbai’s airport I snapped a few photos out the window even though it was pretty hazy to show you what it looks like, as the views here are something that blow the minds of most people who visit.

This is India! 104What you are seeing below are slums. Those are thousands of homes and they go on for as far as you can see. Many have tarps on top of the houses and satellites for TV. What surprises a lot of people are that slums operate like small towns in a way. People work doing recycling, or running shops. There are chemists and restaurants. The slums seems to fill in all the spaces between the big buildings. I took a few as we got higher so you can see what it looks like from even further away.

This is India! 104

This is India! 104

This is India! 104

According to this article they want to move the people from the slums near the airport and are building them houses. I find that very hard to believe. Have you heard of this project?

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. Tempesst June 3, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    You could have 793828394 ads and I would keep on reading forevaaaa! Haha. Enjoy home and eat some skyline dip for me! Also, it’s looking like I will be in Goa in December! I will email you when the time gets closer, but hopefully we can meet up xo

    • Rachel Jones June 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      OMGsh why are you coming to Goa? That is so exciting. I will be here in December and of course we can meet up!

      • Tempesst June 4, 2016 at 11:31 pm - Reply

        One of my best friends (who is also a travel nurse!) is backpacking through India for 2 months so I am 99% joining her when this new contract is over :)

  2. Betsy June 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I did not even notice the ad. When I read what you wrote I looked back up and saw it, so I think it is no big deal. Make some money I say.
    I have heard that housing has been built for people living in slums in Mumbai. However, I have also heard/read that it does not really work because the hi-rise buildings take the community out of living. I do not remember where I read/heard about this, but yeah I have heard it.

    • Rachel Jones June 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Oh good! I know ads can be off-putting but you’re right, I just looked and it is pretty small. Thanks for your input on the new housing for those living in the slums.

  3. venus john June 4, 2016 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    lovely pictures of the slums..in between buildings..never seen them like that..mini slum towns..looks like an infection in the middle of the city..

  4. Pritam June 4, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    There are projects for slum redevelopment. However, most of the funds earmarked for redevelopment makes it way to corrupt official’s pockets. And whatever little houses are built for slum dwellers, they usually put it on rent and then go back to living in slums and look at it just as a source of income.

    • Rachel Jones June 5, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks for that interesting insight, I would have never guessed.

  5. UCAB June 7, 2016 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Hello Rachel

    Very nice and well written post, Amazing photographs taken from the plane. :) Love to travel around Mumbai.

  6. Lauren August 14, 2016 at 3:56 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed this book. Takes place in the slums near the Mumbai airport

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