• This is India! 96

This is India! 96

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:

  • Ben and I are in JORDAN! It’s amazing. Follow on or for updates. Tonight we are doing “Petra by Night” tour which should be cool. I’ve eaten so much food… it’s not ladylike. I keep saying I’m going to eat less, but then I keep traveling to these places that have such good food that I’m afraid I’ll never have again.. sigh!
  • My Insta was on this Matador article as if you’re looking for more people to follow, check it out!

Now your story,

India is full of funny signs. I’ve written about the road signs before that say things like “safety on the road means SAFE TEA at home” and the other clever things they come up with.. “don’t go to HELL MATE, wear a HELMET”.


You also see these clever warning signs in ATM’s, trains, and planes! I took a photo to show a few examples. We are also being cautioned in India.

This is India! 96This sign is telling us that the girl who looks like a foreigner in jeans(or a really white, modern Indian), is actually drugging the little old lady and is going to steal all of her belongings! The girl’s thought bubble is saying, “if she drinks eats this intoxicated BISCUIT all her GOLD ornaments are mine!” BEWARE! lol but seriously, this happens on trains!

This is India! 96

So, this sign is saying you can have a crore of insurance payout for only 14 rs per day (goes to show how many people are paying into this in India!) but if you look at the bottom corner…This is India! 96…it is a caution that if people are calling you from this agency offering you a bonus, it’s a fraud call! Don’t pay them for fake insurance. Of course these things happen all over the world, but it seems most advertisements here have a caution on them.

This is India! 96

The State Bank of India ATM in Goa… “NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER share your confidential information with anybody.” That’s 9 never’s people. I think you better take note!

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. Ivana April 10, 2016 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    LOL this is exactly the crazyness that I love about India XD. No shame in their game!

  2. Leah April 11, 2016 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Hey Rachel! Big fan of your blog…its definitely inspired me to visit India one day! Quick note: the link to your 25 travelers killing it on Instagram takes us back to your Best of Istanbul post. Would love to see who else is listed. Whoops!

    • Rachel Jones April 12, 2016 at 12:42 am - Reply

      woops, thanks for catching that. I just edited it with the right link so you can check out the other accounts :)

  3. Tim UrbanDuniya April 18, 2016 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Some people need these warnings – and not just in India!!

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