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This is India! 146

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 of 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 am wrapping up my time in the UK this weekend which is quite sad because it’s been great hanging out with Arielle. I do need to get back to Goa and the pets, though catch up on work!
  • I have so much more to share from our time in England and Dublin!

Now your story,

I don’t know how I haven’t written about this until now! This is something that if you’re from the USA you’ll be surprised, but not so much if you are from the UK.

Ben is headed to LA for work and owns basically no clothes except swim trunks (boardies) so we went to the Goa Mall for jeans. Jeans in India are almost always super slim skinny jeans with loads of lycra. They are tailored differently than jeans in the USA. Indian men like SKINNY jeans. They put a stitch in that kind of wraps around the front of the calf and makes them look kind of feminine.

Ben wasn’t stoked.

He’s more into real denim, no lycra, sort of baggy straight jeans. So, we went into “Pepe Jeans” even though it looked like it would be horrible, there was one pair of straight jeans that weren’t that bad. Ben tried them on and they were REALLY long. The shop guy was like “don’t worry I’ll cut them”.

And then I remembered I never told you guys that in India, when you buy Jeans, they always tailor them for free! From Levi’s to Lees, Tommy Hilfiger, you name it. You pay, leave them and come back in 15 minutes. They measure you and cut them to the right length.

Often, they only have in stock the longest ever jeans so you don’t even have a choice but to get them tailored. I think in the USA, it would cost about $20 or more to get jeans tailored to fit.

This might not be surprising to UK folk, as when I was in London recently the Levi’s store had a tailor in there cutting the length on jeans for people (for free!). They only have the longest factory set length, too. So you had to get them tailored. Crazy town!

Do they do this in your country, too?

This is India!


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. About Creativity September 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    We buy our cloths @ 2dn hand stores and bazaar in Plaka,Crete,Greece – the best all – cloths for 1 euro ( at bazaar ) and then invest in having the pants tailored to fit in waist and legs – works well for us. in the end the total for a 35-40.00 eurs pants from UK – about 9.00 eurs total per pair. good quality and more options for men and women will have to work harder to find style ect….

  2. Tim Blight September 22, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Yes exactly the same in Lahore, Pakistan! Crazy – and so convenient! Love it!

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