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This is India! 49

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:

  • woop woop, I’m in Maui! How amazing is it that I found a return trip ticket Goa to Maui and back (through LA) for only 1300 USD. Ben had to go for work, so I’m tagging along and renting a car to go wander around. It’s a pretty expensive place… but HAWAII, so who cares! haha kidding sort of. I’ll love your tips for Maui and Honolulu… I’m here for two weeks.

Now your story,

The people who makes road signs in India have the best job in the world. I have seen some really interesting ones, but don’t always think to write them down.

On a recent road trip that was 4 hours long on the dangerous Goa-Mumbai road, I wrote down some. The road has some areas that are very windy, scary, and I have seen some horrible crashes, one which was fatal. You often see trucks over on their side. We always drive slow, and I can see why there are so many safety signs. I couldn’t take photos, as the road is too dangerous to stop. You don’t usually see sings like this, although in Goa I wish wearing a helmet was more enforced. I think it’s great that in Maharashtra they take the effort to make catchy phrases and make signs to encourage helmets and slow driving.

Highway Signs in India

Control you nerves on curves.

Don’t go to hell, mate. Wear a helmet.

Better to be Mr. Late than a late Mr.

Safety on the road is safe tea at home

Line between life and death is very thin.

This is a highway not a die-way.

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. Avi May 8, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Creativity at work :P

  2. Rika | Cubicle Throwdown May 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    These are hilarious! And necessary, I’m sure. I wish we had some more signs here on Roatan. The roads are a death trap.

  3. skg May 8, 2015 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    they actually have direct flights from goa to maui? awesome; what airlines?
    we are also going to maui in a month; let us know if you discover anything interesting;
    I found this link pretty interesting; kayaking and snorkeling:

    also zip-lines are big over there now, though expensive;

    • Rachel Jones May 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      no not direct! 4 flights attached. but all through united airways.

  4. Ashley May 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I love “this is a highway, not a die-way” ha! Hopefully these signs are helping to make the roads a bit more safe!

  5. Tim UrbanDuniya May 12, 2015 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Hahahaha love it!

  6. Sonja Riemenschneider May 12, 2015 at 2:58 am - Reply

    I remember seeing some of these! So funny! They like their puns.

    I mentioned it on , but while your on Maui make sure you get lunch at Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao. Great homemade iced tea and coffee, amazing sandwiches and eggs benedict with local fish, and bright cheery atmosphere. It’s all local ingredients and really really good.

    Also, there’s a pie shop south of Lahaina on the main highway called Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop. Oh my god, so good.

    For things to do, you’ll love the road to Hana. It’s a gorgeous drive and lots of cool things to stop at. I love snorkeling on Maui and if you rent a mask and flippers you can plop in just about anywhere. Kaanapali Beach has surprisingly good snorkeling and super easy access. Kihei has some great spots too. Ahh have fun! I’m going back in December and can’t wait!

    • Rachel Jones May 28, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      thanks again for all your tips! makawao was so cute but didnt have time for lunch sadly , im going to mention in my articles that you recommended it!

      • Sonja Riemenschneider May 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

        Glad you got to see Makawao at least! Thanks for mentioning me! That’s super nice of you! Sounds like you had a great time on Maui. I loved following along in IG. Makes me want to go back!

  7. Chantae May 12, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Hahaha. Those are so cute and clever! Catchier than a speed limit sign, too!

    We don’t have as many creative ones here but one that always struck me was a little cafe on the side of the highway has a sign that says, “Please don’t die. We want to see you again.” and is followed with “Drive safe!” a few meters later. SO awkward.

  8. Michelle May 14, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    It’s a little ways off for me (maybe next year or two years) but every post you write makes me want to visit India even more. Love reading your stories :)

  9. Marilyn Sandperl May 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    I saw you last night on an episode of House Hunters (my favorite show…no kidding!), and was super excited to see that they actually went to India! (India is my favorite country, as I became mesmerized by it at 17, and my husband finally fulfilled my lifelong dream to travel there last year! (Our journey leaned more toward staying at Ramana Maharshi’s ashram in Tiru). When you mentioned your candles (which are beautiful, by the way) and travel blog, I felt like I had to find you! I really love what you’re doing…you are fearless! I’ve always believed in a life with no regrets, and that’s you! (And by the way, my husband proposed to me and I picked up and moved in with him after ONE date…here we are, 22 years later and still happy in love!) Am enjoying your blog and re-living India all over again!

    • Rachel Jones May 28, 2015 at 11:58 am - Reply

      thanks so much for getting in touch! That’s so great you got to come see india :) you sound a lot like me LOL a little bit crazy ;) hopefully i’ll stay as lucky as you’ve been

  10. Marilyn Sandperl May 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Yes, definitely a lot alike! (a little bit crazy! It’s all good…usually!!!) And as far as being lucky like me, of that I have no doubt!!!

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