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This is India! 50

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:

  • Hawaii has been a whirlwind, but I’m still here tentatively until the 19th… although there are talks to extend that.. Hawaii is probably my favorite place on earth so far, no joke and as I write this I am making cunning plans to stay here longer.
  • Surprisingly, I actually AM doing some work and wrote this mini guide to Singapore for Bindi & Jeans a website I freelance for.

Now your story,

Today we’ll talk about the traffic police in India! woo hoo.

My mom and dad were visiting and we were taking them to the airport; their trip in Goa had come to an end. It was a blast! I loved seeing their shock to some of the crazy things in India, but also was excited when they actually liked it.

Of course the driving made them gasp, sometimes laugh, and sometimes shake their heads thinking “those idiots” during ridiculous traffic jams, as we all really do.

We were headed toward Panjim bridge, and those familiar with Goa know that there are two options: one straight into Panjim, and one just on the other side. We needed to take the left one in order to go to airport the fastest way. There was traffic as it was New Year’s Eve.

As we got to the roundabout where you have to decide to go right or left, a police officer came to stop our car telling the driver “it’s blocked, too much traffic, you must go right”. Traffic wasn’t blocked, and my driver wanted to go left. He slowed down, said “no…” and did exactly what he wanted to do: go left.

We watched as the cop tried to tell every car behind us the same thing, and after they all ignored him, he walked back to the side of the road defeated. It just cracked us up!

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. Megan May 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    You’re in Hawaii now?!
    Which island? I live in Pahoa on the Big Island. :)

    • Rachel Jones May 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      how is the big island? i was on oahu and maui for 3 weeks

  2. Sonja Riemenschneider May 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Haha! I can just see it!

  3. Tim UrbanDuniya May 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I know that bridge!! I got shaken down by a dishonest policeman at that bridge when I was in Goa!! I had to pay Rs. 500 to get out of whatever it was they accused me of (I still can’t remember what it was).

    • Rachel Jones May 28, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

      hahah wow 500 they are really upping their scams! that’s a lot!

  4. De'Jav May 17, 2015 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Sounds like he was wasting his time.

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