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:

  • I shared my top 3 India destinations with Empty Rucksack Travelers. If you’re ever looking for more blogs about India to follow I really love theirs- they give great tips about renting bikes up north and also give such detailed information on everything from budget breakdowns to food.

Now your story,

In India cows are sacred. Most people know that. I actually wrote a post about how much I love cows, even though in Varanasi one head-butted me and ripped my pants open with his horn.

hitting a cow in india

It’s a complicated relationship that Indians and cows have: they love them, yet let them eat plastic or starve. They know they are holy, but they have gambling cow fights in the fields in Goa…?

It’s in many guidebooks that if you’re driver accidental hits one of the many cows that walk in the middle of the roads, that you should try to get far away from the chaos.

funny cows in india

The U.S. State Department website literally says you should leave the scene so that you aren’t caught up in a riot. I mean they made it sound like cows trump people, which on the road- they do.

Well, I was driving in Calangute and the car (a massive Mahindra jeep full of drunk guys) hit a cow. EVERYONE saw. The cow could still walk and got to the side of the road.

No one did anything. No one checked if the cow was okay, or reprimanded the drunk drivers… Life just went on. So it was the first time seeing this happen and since I’ve actually seen it happen one other time and no one reacted. I guess it’s a little shocking to me how they can be so revered but so ignored at the same time. I also wonder, if it was a foreigner that hit the cow- would they ignore it or cause a scene. What do you think?

This is India!


FYI if you see an animal that is hurt in Goa, please call International Animal Rescue at +91 832 226 8328

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