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This is India! 107

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:

  • I’m in Florida now. I hope you’ll follow along with my adventures on Instagram!

Now your story,

Sometimes instead of the Omni van we drive a Bolero. It’s like a big knock-off G Wagon. I love it! It’s not comfortable at all and there’s no leg room but it’s fun to drive, has power steering, A/C, and radio.

The rain is coming soon and the right front window was stuck down so we wanted to get it looked at.

We couldn’t go to our mechanic that we always go to because this is an electrical problem, you have to go to the electric mechanic.

I’ve written before about when I went to the electric guy and I wanted to my windshield wipers fixed when it wasn’t rainy season… he was baffled.

We showed up. We explained it didn’t work.

He then tried the window button to see if it would work… nope, it didn’t work for him either.

He then had Ben hold the button “window up” while he basically beat the crap out of our door. He shook his head disappointingly that it still wasn’t working after his master skills were put in place.

He said “needs new motor… go to door mechanic to get motor taking out… bring it here I’ll fix it… take it back to door mechanic.. he will put it back”.

Why do we know where the door mechanic is? Because the Omni has had it’s fair share of door issues. All of 2014 the passenger front door was tied on with yellow rope. The door mechanic fixed that for us last year.

So, we showed up at the door mechanic and showed him that the window didn’t go up. He sprayed WD40 on our buttons (eww) and then had Ben hold “window open” while he punched and beat on the door.

It worked.

No one wanted money.. we gave him 20 Rs. for chai. Now my buttons are all sticky!

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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. Kassie June 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Ew but at least it worked! I swear sometimes cars are so fickle. One time the battery on my 18 year old toyota seemed dead and I was so over it but had no other option but to wake someone up in the middle of the night to come get me. In frustration I was turning the key over and over and over, I kneed the underside of my dash in anger and suddenly all the lights came on and the radio blasted for two seconds. I turned the key again and the car started. Sometimes you never know :)

  2. Pritam June 27, 2016 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    :P … HAHA HA HA… Classic Indian Jugaad (workaround)… You really do have funny times with your cars…

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