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This is India! 57

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:

  • Werkenntwen got added to this list of travel bloggers in India & this insane list of 2300 travel blogs, divided into categories- for solo female travel blogs, Werkenntwen is #8 of 309 blogs based on traffic! Big happy news for the blog!
  • I pretty much wait to do my online shopping while I’m home since shipping to India is expensive, and found this cute world map wallpaper. I swear one day when I have a house, it’s going to look like a globe lol or a museum.

wallpaperedI love maps and think they make great souvenirs. This company can make personal orders for you of any size color or location, so of course I want an India one! I love decorations, like wallpapered, that can give you that travel-y feeling while you’re at home.

Now your story,

If you’ve been to India or read my blog often, you’ll know that of all the habits the Brits gave to India, standing patiently in the queue isn’t one of them.

Whether it’s someone pushing your shopping cart out of the way and cutting in the supermarket, or someone at a veg market not giving you a chance to order while literally pushing you out of the way… it’s something that you’ll encounter almost every single day in India.

Well, I have had enough! When it’s a free for all that’s one thing and even I will push to the front. If you don’t you’ll never get anything done. But, when it’s a single file line and someone wants to cut, I draw the line… and lose my temper.

On a flight in India is when you’ll see things that shock you… I promise you that. Just last week our friend had someone light a cigarette on his flight before take off. How did he even get the lighter in!? Anyways, the story…

The flight landed and I got up, grabbed my bag and stood my ground so to speak. I was in the aisle seat and near the front. When I’m in the middle, back, or not an aisle seat I just wait. Outside India, I stay seated until it’s my aisles turn, but if you do that flying in India no one will give you a turn. The aisle filled up quickly.

There were people in front of my all the way to the plane door which was still closed. The guy behind me taps my shoulder while holding his bag above my head and says,

“scuse me….” while he tries to physically push past me, trying to push me back into the seat I was next to.

Where did he think he was going to go? Does he not understand we all need off the plane? Does he not realize there is a bus shuttle we all have to wait on for more people to get off the plane?

I gave him a little piece of my mind. I know, I know I’m supposed to love everything about India and only say nice things… but I do lost my temper.

There was a little friendly cursing, there was some borderline name-calling.. but mostly it was explaining something called common sense to him.

I’m not proud of my meanness, but I do lose my temper here sometimes.. I can’t be a perfect lady all the time, ha ha. I was already in a bad mood or maybe I would have just ignored him and continued standing my ground.

If you’ve flown in India, I have to imagine you’ve seen this… I see it about half of the flights that I take so it can’t be coincidence. It’s something expats sit around and have a real bitch-sesh about. Alright now I’ll take a deep breath and go back to forgetting about it :)

This is India!

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P.S. this post was sponosred by Wallpapered, but all opinions are my own. Also, feature image source: pushkar


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. Soniya July 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    So true, we are always in hurry !!! Be it in queue or while driving ..Infact there is no concept of queue…Good, you expressed your feeling to that person ..Some where I read(whatever I remember) :A lot of harm is not done by bad person speaking but by a good person not speaking…

  2. Maddy July 3, 2015 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    wow, just stumbled across your blog and your posts have inspired me to see India! it looks incredible!

  3. Pritam July 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Yeah, This is a very true.. Another consequence of over-population. This way of thinking is ingrained in Indians right from childhood. Sharmaji’s child got 98%. Why did you get only 97% ? If you are not in front, you are nowhere…. And the poor child will be like *[email protected]$%^&*&%^$#

    • Rachel Jones July 6, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

      great point! i love that “if you are not in front you are nowhere” its so true, even at the butcher i get cut!

  4. veena July 3, 2015 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    oh my god, yes! it’s the little things like that that will irritate me to no end, but it is so typical of life in india. it especially bugs me in the supermarket, because a lot of times the cashiers won’t say anything and i’m the only asshole who will speak up.

    ohhh, india.

    • Rachel Jones July 6, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

      it can be the most frustrating thing about living in india for me. i never allow someone to cut me, but then at the same time when it’s a mad crowd, i will get just as mad to get to the front lol… i have to adapt!

  5. Betsy July 4, 2015 at 1:35 am - Reply

    I have not taken a domestic flight in India yet. But I will be this fall. Anyway, the same thing totally happened on my international flight into Dhaka and when we got back to Istanbul. :) My mom and I just sat there, on our way home we had already missed our connection so no need to rush. :)

    • Rachel Jones July 6, 2015 at 1:08 am - Reply

      Ah interesting, well I hope that you don’t have troubles while flying domestic in India ;)

  6. christine wilhelm July 4, 2015 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Congratulations on your newest recognitions. I truly enjoy your successful blog and am delighted I found it. I am always smiling when I read your posts.
    Thanks for sharing your Incredible India so wonderfully!

  7. Tushar July 4, 2015 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I like the first photo and then I like the second photo. I like both photos in short.

  8. Justine July 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Haha, I’ve noticed similar behavior on planes in Indonesia and the Philippines. I’ve noticed that people bolt into the aisle the moment the plane lands…like before it stops moving. I’m always baffled by why people are in such a hurry, considering we all have to stay on the plane until the door opens. It’s something I always snicker at. But you’re right about having to shove your way into the aisle. Otherwise you’ll never get off the plane…

  9. Haili Britton July 7, 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Yuuupppp…been there and usually just wait till everyone is off the plane while listening to some hardcore death metal or punk on my ipod. It is pretty baffling, especially when suddenly the gate connector thingie breaks or the buses take forever and people wind up just standing uncomfirtabley in the aisle for another 20 to 30 mins. Plus, its not like their NOT gonna have to wait for luggage anyway. I just sit comfy in my seat like the old peeps and laugh at them all.

    • Rachel Jones July 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      hahahah you’re so right about the luggage and those damn buses!!

  10. Siva July 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Well done!!. Go ahead and give ur piece of mind all the time. Unfortunately the pushy attitude in India is a byproduct of having limited resources but a huge population. So that shows in relatively calmer places like an airplane. Try to be in a race for amenities all the time it becomes second nature and it shows in unwanted places.

    I guess we Indians ll grow out of that attitude once we don’t have to rush to get one privilege or other

    • Rachel Jones July 9, 2015 at 5:27 am - Reply

      Thanks for that insight Siva. I think you’re exactly right.

  11. Tim UrbanDuniya July 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Yessss Pakistan is no different in this regard… everyone is in a rush, yet when they get there, there’s no end of waiting around for things to happen. It drives me mad sometimes, when there always seems to be so much pressure to get in, get out, but so little time spent just enjoying. On the other hand, I’ve been left waiting many times by people who seem to have no rush to be anywhere!!

  12. Ruchi July 11, 2015 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Being from India, the biggest and most pleasant cultural shock that i received was something related to this very thing. I was traveling out of India, flying to the western world for the first time in my life. At the changeover flight at Heathrow, while trying to get my baggage in the overhead cabin, I somehow managed to lose grip and the tote bag fell down spilling the contents all over the aisle. There were about 20 passengers waiting behind me and when i turned around very very apologetic imagining rude and angry glances, they were all smiling patiently at me, waiting for me to gather myself and the contents of my bag. It was an overwhelming moment. In India i would have been pushed, shoved, cursed at and probably trampled over.

    • Rachel Jones July 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Ruchi – I know what you mean here! I feel the same way when I come back to the US. I was waiting to pull out into a busy intersection driving and the cars stopped and let me out and I thought damn in India I would have honked and scooted up and caused them to stop. But they just smiled and wanted to let me go.

  13. Anur May 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Hehe I think we have inbred on darwins theory of survival of the fittest theory lol …
    I thought I almost was as good as rest of us Indians until the Mumbai local were my way to travel back and forth to office hmm that was something just blew away my mind haha moved back to my peaceful Goa
    Have u ever travelled by taken a ride on the Mumbai locals in between station wld love to hear abt that exp and keep more coming …

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