Chandra Terway is a 61-year-old retired doctor from India living in North Kuta

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To be helpful and nice to everyone whether they are rich or poor; we are all on the same planet.

What is most important?
Giving and taking love, also staying happy.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
They should respect their elders, don’t take drugs and alcohol and study hard.

Are you worried about dying?
No, that will come to everyone. It can be beautiful if you have lived a pure life.

What was the happiest time of your life?
Graduating from school was special but when I helped two children with polio in Batu Belig that was a very happy time.

And the worst?
When I lost two brothers in the same year. Also, when my good friend Pak Lanny died in June this year.

What is humanity all about?
One should love all creatures with no discrimination and always be kind to the poor.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
People think their religion is superior and many people are too selfish, especially the rich.

Is a peaceful world possible?
Yes, when people start to love and share and respect each other’s beliefs.

How old do you feel?
I feel very young because I walk along the beach every day and I see the sea, the earth, the sun, the waves and the water, which keeps my spirit alive.

Is one lifetime enough?
It’s not enough if you help people and love.

How has Bali changed?
There has been too much development and destruction of the fields. The locals are starting to become too Westernized, too.

Has tourism been good for everyone?
Yes, for most people; this is their livelihood.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?
The West is more developed. The East is developing, too, but they are taking a lot of bad habits from the West.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
Never. I am proud to be Hindu. But I respect all other religions.

What makes you so sure about it?
We believe God is one but his names are different. We feel if you pray, God does change things.

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