Ni Made Sumatra, 70, is a fruit seller at a traditional market in Denpasar.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To study hard so you’ll have a good future.

What’s most important?
Being happy – smile. It makes life easier.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Don’t follow other cultures and copy what others do. Think about what the future would be here – our culture and traditions – if everyone copied the cultures of others.

Are you worried about dying?

I don’t really think about that. It’s a time that comes to everyone and there’s not much use in thinking too much about it.

When was the happiest time of your life?

There hasn’t been any one particular happy time – it’s all been the same, more or less. I’ve never really been that happy, but I accept my life for what it is and try to do my best.

And the worst?

When I was a child. Food was scarce, and we used to eat cacah, which is made from the roots of cassava. We used to mix it with rice, because rice was expensive. Nowadays cacah is used as duck feed. It’s not that nice but contains a lot of carbohydrate.

What’s humanity all about?

It’s about helping people in times of need.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because sometimes people can seem so different from one another.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

I think it’s impossible.

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

I’m happy enough.

How old do you feel?

Forty. People say I look younger than I am.

Is there anything you still want to do?

No, not really.

Is one lifetime enough?

No it’s not enough. I really hope the Gods let me be reincarnated. (BT/AS)

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