I Nyoman Punduh
I Nyoman Punduh, 60 and illiterate, is a farmer from Dukuh village in Gianyar.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To laugh a lot, so that you’ll seem younger.

What’s most important?
Health, and also the ability to earn a good living.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Study and learn a lot.

Are you worried about dying?
I am. I worry about what I will face in death, and so I want to have a long life.

When was the happiest time of your life?
Now is. When I was younger, I never had enough clothes – there were never enough to go round the eight children in our family. Now I have all the clothes I need – and more.

And the worst?
Like I said: when I was young and didn’t have enough clothes to wear. Everything was so expensive and there wasn’t enough money to buy what we needed.

What’s humanity all about?
Having good relationships with those around you.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Maybe because people follow their emotions, and don’t appreciate other people’s feelings.

Is a peaceful world impossible?
It shouldn’t be. There’s less fighting going on now compared to when I was young. Back then everyone was fighting each other, even over small problems.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?
I’m happy.

How old do you feel?
Sixty. I have lot grandchildren around me and they make me feel very old.

Is there anything you still want to do?
I want to be able to read and write. Besides that, I also want to have a lot of rice for stock when my family needs it.

Is one lifetime enough?
No. I want to be reborn and have a better life than what I have now. (BT/AS)

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