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This is India! 72

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’m in Bangkok this week for TBEX, a travel blogging conference. I always am surprised how modern and clean Bangkok is.

Now your story,

This is just a little story that happened to my friend.

She was shifting to a new apartment and found the perfect place which was meant to be ready in a months time. It really was and the landlord seemed super legit.

They agreed there would be A/C, refrigerator and a washing machine. He even went with her to Mapusa to decide which ones to get since she’s taking it long term. This is pretty unique and showed that he really cared.

On move in day, she was moving it all in having already left her old place and not being able to stay there, and part way through realized the electricity wasn’t working.

She wouldn’t have known ahead of time because 1. there weren’t any electronics in it as it was empty and 2. you’d just assume it would be connected

The landlord explained they didn’t have the permission yet for the building from the local government (or panchayat, or whatever the permission people are called).

She went a week without it, which isn’t actually a huge deal here in Goa since we are used to outages all the time. It’s now working… but to me is a funny example of how things happen in Goa and how that wouldn’t happen back home! I mean, no one even bothered to mention it wasn’t yet working!

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. Kodi October 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel!

    First off, your experience and advice have been an invaluable! My girlfriend and I have really enjoyed your site and are planning to visit India in a few weeks. We plan to stay 4-6 months.

    Very funny story, i can’t imagine the disbelief she must have felt. On a related note, i’ve just recently purchased a portable batter for recharging our electronics on the go as well as a portable solar panel that i’m debating bringing. The panel is just over 1.5 lbs and is about the size of an iPad. *I mostly just think its super cool and would geek out in excitement if i used it even a handful of times. (particularly while trekking)

    Think I’ll get enough opportunities to use it ?


    • Rachel Jones October 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Yes I think you can definitely use that!! I would bring it if I were you :)

  2. Supreet February 21, 2016 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel

    I have been reading your blogs of late, and have found the observations intriguing. :)
    I moved from India to the US, about five years ago (‘years back’ :P). Over the years I have stopped using certain phrases I grew-up with, in India, as people here ‘don’t get it’.

    You seem to have picked up some of the Indian English idiosyncrasies, like ‘She was shifting to a new apartment … ‘ instead of ‘moving to’ . I used to use ‘shift’ all the time before I ‘moved to’ the states. :)

    Few quintessential Indianisms :

    I love ‘prepone’ and I believe it has made its way into the dictionary as a new word .

    – Supreet

    • Rachel Jones February 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, I find myself saying very “Indian” things!

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