Basuni Anom, 71, is a shopkeeper from East Java who has lived in Bali since the 80s and has two children.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
I’ve been doing my job for a long time and in a few different cities. I have learned that different places have different cultures and opportunities.

What’s most important?
Fraternity. Every place has a different culture and we should be able to adapt to and to socialise wherever we are.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Don’t be hasty in making decision. Don’t listen to anyone unless you are certain that they are right.

Are you worried about dying?
No, because everyone will die eventually anyway. It’s God’s will and we have to accept it, be ready for it and not worry about it.

When was the happiest time of your life?
It was between 1966 and 1980, when my business was doing well. After 1980 it got harder because of competitors.

And the worst?
There isn’t any particular moment that I can think of. I’ve been pretty happy with my life.

What’s humanity all about?
As a part of a family, to take care of each other and educate them about our religion. And as a social creature, we have to love each other.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

It’s because of misunderstandings and miscommunication between people. If people understood and communicated better, I’m sure there would be fewer conflicts. I don’t think it has anything to do with politics.

Is a peaceful world possible?
I am sure one day peace will be achieved when people realise that what they are doing now is wrong.

How old do you feel?
I feel I’m in my 40s because I still love working and being with young people. It makes me feel young.

Is one lifetime enough?
Yes. It’s God’s will. It’s enough.

How has Bali changed through the years?
It’s a lot busier now. There’s not enough space in Bali, but it’s developing fairly well. Even the youth care more about developing the island, which is good.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes. It has generated a lot of income to develop the Island.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
They are pretty much the same.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
Never.

What makes you so sure about it?
Everything is controlled by God. Even when we are sick, I believe that God cures us through the hands of the doctors.

BT/PCAR

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