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This is India! 73

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:

  • In the blogging world, Werkenntwen was mentioned in this article about top travel mers! Woo hoo. I love Instagram. Are you following mine? Here’s a link if not! I was at TBEX (travel blogging conference) all of last week, so this week I’ve been trying to put to use some of the things I learned while I was there.
  • I’ve been sick so haven’t gone out too much. It’s very hot right now in Goa (90’s with 40% humidity).
  • Ben got a “new dog”… I know, it’s not that surprising. He found him under our Omni van, so creatively named him Omni. He’s been around for almost a month now. He’s very sweet and I post pictures of him on IG and FB. He is definitely someone else’s dog and lost so we are trying to find his owner. Shanti LOVES Omni and the cat loves trying to kill Omni so it’s cool they all get along but there is unfortunately another layer of mud in my house :(

Now your story,

I’m going to tell you a story that was told to me by someone who will go unnamed since they would probably want it that way! lol

This girl and her boyfriend were on a local bus in India. After hours of the driver being a bit of a maniac, inevitably the bus breaks down. The guys who worked on the bus (2 ticket guys and driver) get out and are trying to fix it while everyone else waiting in their “sleepers” which are basically coffins you have to lie down it since there is no room to sit.

After some time, one guy finds this girl and her boyfriend, the only foreigners on the bus and after requesting something for about 3 minutes of confused conversation they finally realize he’s asking them for a condom!

Weirded out, but able to help, they gave him one. He came back 5 minutes later and asked for another. She gave him another. 5 minutes later they get in the bus and it starts moving. No explanation….

So either that was some serious jugaad (read this article to see what that means and how Indians can fix anything) OR while the bus was being fixed, that guy was bored and needed something to help him with some naughty time passing. I guess we will never know. lol!

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. Fernando October 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Sounds like the guy was really handy with condoms… and fixed the bus ;)

  2. Emma | banquets and backpacks October 23, 2015 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    If he fixed the bus with them I am both alarmed and impressed and if he didn’t then I’m just alarmed.

  3. christine October 25, 2015 at 2:57 am - Reply

    I loved the jugaad article.
    I’ve traveled on all types of vehicles that have died in the middle of nowhere and have witnessed unbelievable mechanical improvisation. On one occasion, I was riding on top of a cabbage lorry coming back from climbing the Bromo volcano in East Java (http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/bromo.html) when the lorry began backfiring like an uzi before rolling to a dead stop.
    I watched in awe as the driver and his three companions nonchalantly removed the lorry’s spark plugs, spread them on the ground, struck a match and set the plugs ablaze using gasoline they’d siphoned from the lorry’s gas tank. After cooling, the plugs were carefully cleansed of ash and metal deposits , polished and twisted with cotton thread to make them fit the spaces of the stripped-out sockets.
    Ka-boom..the lorry’s engine came alive and off we went. Miracles do happen!

    I am going out on a limb and guess the condom in your story was used as a rubber gasket substitute or an O ring to stop leaking oil. If the condom was lubricated, so much the better as it would make a tighter seal, like using a silicone gel. Condoms have lots of practical uses and, especially, the village kids love to blow them up for balloons! Family Planning clinics are active in even the most remote villages insuring a free and steady supply.

    • Rachel Jones October 26, 2015 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      It’s crazy how easily (seemingly easily) Indians can fix things that break. The security guy at our housing complex seems to be mechanic, electrician, A/C repair man.. etc!!

  4. Tim UrbanDuniya October 27, 2015 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Probably better not to ask about that one!! :p

  5. Jessica (ourgloballove) November 2, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Definitely a case of jugaad! We’ve had our car radiator fixed with a condom before when we were in the mountains and no one had any parts available. To this day the radiator is still working and the parts haven’t needed to be replaced yet! =)

    You’ve got to love India!!!

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