This is India! 69

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:

  • I am on the GOMOWGLI tour in Kerala! Which means I’m having way too much fun to be on my blog or checking emails…. please follow along on Instagram for up to date photos and stories!

Now your story,

The washing machine broke again. The repair man from the company did warn me that I needed that warranty. I knew he was going to get on me about it.

“Ma’am you didn’t get the warranty… already, you would have saved money”

A repair visit is 350 rs. and a warranty was 2,000 rs.

I don’t him I realized that… but if the same thing keeps breaking, I shouldn’t have to more than once anyways. So if it gets fixed properly the first time, then I never have to call again. But I call for the same thing over and over, and he can’t fix it. I told him the warranty was good though, because their washers are “pieces of shit” and I should have known I’d still be calling to get this fixed. He seemed to understand my predicament.

“still leaking water ma’am?”

I told him, yes, it’s the same problem.. the machine shakes and leaks water.

On visit 1, he could find no problem and it didn’t leak to prove it so that was all.

On visit 2, he informed me I had to use liquid soap.

On visit 3, he informed me that liquid soap needed to be from THEIR company only, not some random brand.

On visit 4, he bought a repair part (aha! maybe it wasn’t the soap!)

So, here we are on visit 5. I said I know it’s got something to do with the machine shaking so badly and he said okay I know what it is. He understood so I left to get back to writing this blog.

“ma’am I am done”.

He was so happy. The washer was running and not shaking at all. He said it’s fixed now but you should pay the warranty in case it’s not. I said so, I should pay you 350 rs then 2,000 rs in case it breaks again.. the SAME problem.


Well, I’m not going to because it’s not shaking it was the first 5 visits.. so I thought okay he’s really worked hard on this! I said what did you do? He pointed to some cardboard between the washer and shelf…

“I put that there.”

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. Betsy September 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Haha! Simple solution. Have fun in Kerala!

  2. venus john September 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    exasperating..i have a Samsung washing machine and luckily it has been working ok since the last 4 years..

  3. Christine Wilhelm September 27, 2015 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Your guy is not a Maytag guy for sure! A washing machine will shake and sometimes intermittently leak unless the feet under the machine are leveled to match individual floor variations. It is a simple matter of using a wrench and a level. Same with refrigerators, they must be level too..most all floors are dippy and slanted to some degree. His cardboard leveled the machine temporarily …get Ben to do it right or you can..washing machines are not heavy or hard to work on. Also make sure the agitator is clean of hair too..just unscrew check and and clean if needed.
    To live with less frustration in Asia, you need to become a do-it-your- self-er.

    • Rachel Jones September 29, 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      You’re props right, it’s been about a month now and the cardboard has worked but if it starts again I”ll try that!

  4. Sarah September 28, 2015 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Ha! I hope that fixes it. But how frustrating!

  5. rebecca September 28, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

    that is ridiculously frastrating!

  6. haili September 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I had washing machine and repair woes too. Ended up buying a new onida for around 10k on flipkart and love it! No more shqking and its soso quiet!

    • Rachel Jones September 29, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      ahhh but a 10k investment lol… i can’t do it in someone else’s house!

  7. Cate September 29, 2015 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Ahahaha!! Great story, loved it! And yes, that is India!! lol

    • Rachel Jones September 29, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      lol ;) glad you liked it … even I was laughing rather than being annoyed!

  8. ashish September 29, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    liked your blog..

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