Wayan Nendri, 70, is from Denpasar and sells banana-leaf handicrafts for offerings at Badung Market.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
It has taught me how to sew and how to make good banana-leaf handicrafts for offerings and to sell them.

What’s most important?
Health, God and family, although I never got married and had children.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

They have to study hard and be good to others.

Are you worried about dying?
No, I’m not worried, because death is God’s will.

When was the happiest time of your life?
I’ve never had the happiest time of my life, not yet. But I conform with the life I have and thank God for looking after my health.

And the worst?

I can’t think of any very bad moment. Maybe just the continuous struggle to get money.

What’s humanity all about?

Being good and loving each other.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I don’t know anything about conflicts.

Is a peaceful world possible?
Yes, it is.

How old do you feel?
As old as I am now.

Is one lifetime enough?
Yes, one life time is enough for me.

How has Bali changed?
Bali has developed very well. There are many tourists, cars and new buildings everywhere.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes. There are more tourists coming to Bali and this means I have more customers.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?

Westerners have a different way of thinking and also have more money.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure about it?
Because faith in my religion is the most important thing.



  1. Tom says:

    These interviews with older Balinese are really good, it’s amazing and sometimes sad to read about their hard lives and thoughts about the world.

  2. Jeff says:

    I admire thi woman’s optimism and faith-and also a very beautiful smile.

  3. Jeff says:

    I admire this woman’s optimism and faith-and also a very beautiful smile.

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