Wayan Bokek, 70, sells grilled fish in Serangan Island, where she’s originally from. She has five children and three grandchildren

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Take good care of your children.

What’s most important?
My family

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Go to school, get a good education and be wise when taking decisions.

Are you worried about dying?
Very much.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I had my second child. It was a good moment in my life and my job was better back then, selling prawns.

And the worst moment?
Now, because my husband is sick. He has a heart condition and he doesn’t want people to see him ill.

What’s humanity all about?
Helping each other and especially the family.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because there are many differences between people and each person wants something different.

Is a peaceful world possible?
No, unless we learn to accept differences and to be more tolerant.

How old do you feel?
I feel older than I really am – 80.

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, it is.

How has Bali changed?
Before, life was a lot harder. Now, the situation is better as we have more work because of the tourists.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Very good.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
I don’t know. I deal with tourists every day but I never learn much about them.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, I haven’t.

What makes you so sure about it?

I’ve always been Hindu and I’ve never thought about not believing in my religion.


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