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 Hippie in Heels.

What I was up to other than here:

  • This week was spent recovering from our big adventures in Toronto, and glamping with my mom in Hocking Hills. Now, I have only one week left in the US. Doing all kinds of last minute things before getting back to Goa, Ben, Shanti dog and Kit Kat where I’m going to start a brand new secret project!
  • Hippie in Heels stayed on this list of top 50 travel bloggers, which gets updated 4x a year (and I hold my breath hoping to stay on it!). It’s based on traffic and social media engagement. I bumped up 17 spots to number 33! So pretty stoked!

Now your story,

While on the train back from Ratnagiri with Ben’s brother Josh we had quite a funny conversation with the family across from us (Ben had to stay in Ratnagiri longer). One thing I love about Indian trains is talking to the people sitting near me and sometimes they’ll even share delicious food with me! Actually what I love even more is if someone wants to watch what I’m watching on my laptop so I give them an ear bud, and it’s the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and the woman watching is like lol’ing can’t believe what she’s seeing…. ahh the hilarious memories! Ok back to the story…

Josh and I were chit chatting about what he needed to buy in Goa when he decided he wanted a “Indian shirt” like the one the guy across us was wearing. We asked what it was called and where to buy it, which started us into a conversation.

They were from Kerala and expressed how much they wished we would go to Kerala as it’s “God’s own country”. I told them I spent a lot of time in Kerala, since my boyfriend used to work there. They got really excited thinking that my boyfriend was Keralan, and were less excited to eventually understand I was living in sin with a British guy.

They wanted to know why we weren’t married and I saw I was too young, 25… which they laughed hard about! Then I said my parents would kill me if I got married! That shocked them. They decided they were done talking to me, ha ha. They moved on to Josh.

He was from London… so how could he not have a girlfriend? He said girls give him a headache. The guy from Kerala said, but you live in LONDON!!! You should get a girlfriend. It would be so easy!!”  He was seriously flabbergasted.

The very cute mother of the family told him to come visit her. She knew a woman who was good, “educated”, and would take very good care of him.

We ended up taking a picture with them because Josh wanted a photo of the guys’ shirt. It was an interesting journey, as always on an Indian train.

This is India!

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