From the perspective of I Ketut Sirka, 72, a religious-paraphernalia seller from Kerobokan.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To care for the family.

What’s most important?
Proving religious paraphernalia.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
To do the best you can and listen to your parents’ advice.

Are you worried about dying?
No. This life will be continued with the next one.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I was a fish seller, four years ago, and would go to Jimbaran with my wife to get fish to take home to my village to sell.

And the worst moment?
Two months ago, when my son left home because there was a problem with a brother-in-law.

What’s humanity all about?

Caring and looking after each other.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because of different ideas and inspirations.

Is a peaceful world possible?
Yes, if we pray and believe in God.

How old do you feel?
My age: 72.

How has Bali changed?
It has improved and become better.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, it has, but we must keep our traditions and culture.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
Westerners have money and can go travelling everywhere; we can’t.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, never.

What makes you so sure about it?
From generation to generation, we are Hindu.


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