• This is India! 87

This is India! 87

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 in Istanbul for the World Tourism Forum. I will update more next week when I’m back! I’m here the 2-11.

Now your story,

So this may seem a bit boring but I was telling a friend about how I had just gotten back from the lightbulb shop and it cracked her up. I mean, we don’t exactly have a Walmart here!

My house has newer lighting with screw-in bulbs, while most houses here had “clip in” bulbs which I don’t even think exist in the U.S. In the grocery stores, you can buy clip in, but no the screw in which you have to go to an electricians shop for. There is one in Mapusa so I go every once in a while to stock up.

This is India! 87The guy there will take each bulb out of the box and take two wires to the end of it to see if it lights up before selling it to me. I can’t even read the writing on the receipt but I bought about 10 bulbs for 200 Rs. ($3 USD) and I don’t even know if that’s cheap compared to home because I can’t remember the last time I bought a lightbulb in the US. This is India! 87 But yeah, this is really all I can think of to share! haha Hope you have a great week!

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 February 9, 2016 at 2:01 am - Reply

    That’s awesome! The mundane makes the world go round.
    Yes, that is cheap. :)

  2. Tim UrbanDuniya February 13, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Yeah, it’s cheap! And yes, been there before, with those two wires to test it!!

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