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This is India! 58

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:

  • This week was so busy from 4th of July parties, seeing old friends, visiting family, and the USA women’s soccer game, and it was a blast!
  • I gave some tips about luxury lodging in India on an article & I wrote an article about electronics and apps for the frequent traveler for Bindi and Jeans.

Now your story,

The longer I stay in India the more it surprises me and the less I understand it. I would to just tell a scene I saw that combined so many different types of India all together and for some reason just made me smile.

I was at Thalassa, a popular restaurant in Vagator. Before the night ends they have shows: a smoking hot fire dancer in skimpy clothes, two Russian girls who dance to party music, and lastly the boys doing Greek dancing. It’s a bit of a party place, but also a place for a nice dinner.

I was observing the family at a table next to me.

The young girl of the family was in jeans and t-shirt and was dancing like no one was watching while drinking a glass of Sangria. Her dad sat at the table not bothered. The mom was in an Indian pantsuit, which is fairly traditional for a place like Thalassa. She was also drinking Sangria and seemed a little tipsy. Then there was the grandmother, looking very traditional in a saree.. drinking one cocktail after another!

I don’t know why it made me smile so much, but it was just one of those moments that I was so surprised by. Like, even my grandma wouldn’t go to Thalassa and drink a cocktail… so to see a strict looking Indian grandma partying at Thalassa, singing along to the words of the Hindi songs in a saree was a reminder I don’t know India at all!


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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. Pritam July 10, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Oh, the vagaries of India….

  2. Tushar July 11, 2015 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Surprise Surprise – Thats the mantra few times.

  3. Jessie July 12, 2015 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Aww, maybe unexpected is what creates most of magic… :)

  4. Mukesh July 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Grandma does surprises me.
    Apart from that it’s every family’s story.

  5. christine wilhelm July 15, 2015 at 3:03 am - Reply

    So sad to read this news. Pushing crowds are to be carefully navigated. http://www.ndtv.com/andhra-pradesh-news/2-killed-in-stampede-at-godavari-pushkaralu-event-in-andhra-pradesh-781220

    • Rachel Jones July 16, 2015 at 3:29 am - Reply

      It’s very sad…. the pushing can be scary indeed. the train in mumbai is so convenient but i’ve been elbowed my gorgeous girls in saris to take my place lol

  6. Tim UrbanDuniya July 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I saw things like this too while I was in India, and it never ceased to amaze me… I definitely know the feeling of “the longer I spend here, I realise I understand less about it”.

    • Rachel Jones July 23, 2015 at 6:01 am - Reply

      It’s totally bizarre… it’s like I feel like it’ll never REALLY be home when these things happen

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