Nyoman Parti, 52, is a mother of two from Serangan Island.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

That you must work hard, to have your own house and a good life for your family.  To have a house is very important.

What’s most important?
Family, and work!  Without work there is no money, and without money you and your family cannot have a good life.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Live well, live without conflict, be good to your husband or wife, and be good to your friends.

Are you worried about dying?

Yes, I am worried; not for me, but for those left behind.  I’m sad at the thought of leaving my children and grandchildren.

When was the happiest time of your life?

I am at my happiest every time I am together with all my family and friends, especially on big ceremony days when we all get to wear our best clothes and celebrate.

And the worst moment?
The worst time in my life was when my parents died.  It is not good to be left behind; that’s why I’m worried about dying myself.

What’s humanity all about?
The purpose of humanity is to respect the ancestors, to follow religion, and to do good; that’s the important thing – to do good.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
There is too much emotion in this world.  Wars happen because of emotion.  If people were cooler there would be more peace.

Is a peaceful world possible?
If everyone becomes friends, if everyone does good, then yes, it is possible.

How old do you feel?
Ah, sometimes I feel older, sometimes I feel younger!  It depends on the situation.

Is one lifetime enough?
Yes, it’s enough.

How has Bali changed?
In the past, a long time back, there were fewer ceremonies and less religious observance.  Ceremonies still did take place, but rarely.  But now absolutely everyone, from small children to adults, practices Hinduism well, and there are lots of big ceremonies.  Hinduism is stronger and in better condition now.  Why?  I think it’s because the economy has improved and people are better educated.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Of course!  Tourists bring money into Bali.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
In the West, people don’t wear sarongs!  But seriously, it seems to me that Western people are more brave and outgoing.  Look – Westerners come here to Serangan, a new place, and go surfing.  Balinese people are more shy and scared.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

Never. I’ve never doubted.

What makes you so sure about it?
Because in the past when there was less religious observance things were worse, people were often sick; now that people are more religious things are better.  That keeps my belief strong.

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