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This is India! 99

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 finally finished the book
    A Little Life. It was a whopper! I definitely suggest it.
  • I have been writing like CRAZY. I wrote 2 article for Bravo this week, 7 for another freelance website (about Jordan) and 9 for Werkenntwen about Jordan- so there is a lot of info coming soon! I also had an awesome beach day, went the Nilaya with some friends (an awesome pool) and started working out again. I worked out last monsoon time for a couple months but then stopped and just couldn’t start again. So, it sucks… and I hate everything about it but I’m doing these 10 minute work outs now because I cannot diet! I have dreams about Chipotle burritos. I have dreams about the frozen isle of grocery stores.. life is food and food is life… hahaha just kidding (not kidding at all actually)! Do you guys know of any good youtube butt/leg/abs work out videos? Who needs upper body strength…
  • A Plus did a little mention of 11 travel bloggers (Werkenntwen was one). It’s Ashton Kutcher’s website so that was pretty cool.
  • Ben’s been gone all week in Mangalore. I’m thinking about going back with him this weekend on the train. Anyone been to Mangalore? What’s worth seeing there?

Now your story,

Driving in India is always interesting. I’ve written about how I learned to drive a stick shift here and learn to dodge cows, but I don’t know if I mentioned what it’s like driving a taxi. Our Omni is an old taxi and Omni’s are almost always used as taxis in India, although not as much these days as they were actually outlawed for a period of time.

This is India! 99

One of the fun things about driving are the things you see and the funny ways people look at you. Lots of people have a laugh, as many Indians do, about foreigners driving a very beat up Omni. My Delhi friends get a kick out of it and tell me to turn the meter on.
This is India! 99But the best thing about an Omni is that people hail a cab… and we stop to give free cab rides. It doesn’t happen often enough, and more times than not it’s drunk men trying to find a party, but we do our part when we can.

I offer rides to backpackers sometimes but they think I’m trying to kidnap them. We took this little lady to the market last week and she was happy to hop right in, no questions asked, except what our religion was. This is India! 99

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. Colleen Brynn April 30, 2016 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Hahaha, perfect.
    Such a great story. I can just imagine all of this happening.
    I miss India. Sounds like you are doing great. Sending you my best. xo

    • Rachel Jones April 30, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Thanks girl hope all is well with you! Things are going great here – same same, nothing new! Been trying to surf at vagator on little waves and it’s pretty fun, gives me something to do to escape the heat even if I suck! lol

  2. Jane April 30, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

    sounds like a real laugh most of the time, especially being hailed. I’d love to see the faces of your ‘passengers’ when they realise! What a great life you have created there, I guess it has it’s ups and downs, but must be such a fabulous feeling to have made the change for yourself. Well Done.

    • Rachel Jones April 30, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Jane – it’s definitely a place of ups and downs, but luckily the ups are usually awesome and hilarious!

  3. Kaitlyn April 30, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Hey Rachel, check out toneitup on YouTube it’s two girls in LA, Karena and Katrina and they have workouts you might like. ☺ I suck at dieting too! Keep up the fun articles I enjoy reading your this is India posts, and your other posts for that matter

    • Rachel Jones May 2, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

      thanks for the tip, I will check that out!

    • Rachel Jones May 5, 2016 at 11:55 am - Reply

      I did their 10 min bikini body butt video – really good! thanks so much for the tips

  4. Roy April 30, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Hey Rachel! Love your posts about India. It’s really inspirational to amateur travellers waiting for that extra push! Anyway, I’m from Mangalore and this city is known for its food and pristine beaches. You gotta try thr kori rotti and chicken curry, evening snacks like gole bajje and give mangalorean seafood a taste as well. You will find a lot of similarities between Goan and Mangalorean an cuisine and always a never ending argument about who speaks better konkani. Would love to show you guys around if you want. Lemme know!

    • Rachel Jones May 5, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Thanks for those tips! My boyfriend was just in Mangalore last week :D he said it’s really cool!

    • Rachel Jones May 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Hey Roy, I think I”m going to coming back to Mangalore with him next time he goes, I’ll shoot you an email when I do!

  5. Tim UrbanDuniya May 6, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    “I offer rides to backpackers sometimes but they think I’m trying to kidnap them. We took this little lady to the market last week and she was happy to hop right in, no questions asked, except what our religion was.”

    This is like my life in Pakistan o___o

  6. Jeri K. May 12, 2016 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Hello, I will be coming to India for an internship and your articles have been amazing way to get pumped up! I am so excited!

    • Rachel Jones May 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Jeri,

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for reading!

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