I Made Kerog, 90, still works in the ricefields in Tampak Siring, Gianyar
Whatâ€™s most important in life?
Being a hard worker and doing your best.
What are the elements of happiness?
To be able to earn a living and be healthy.
What were your dreams as a child?
I wanted to be able to make the best tuak (sweet, coconut-based alcoholic drink), but I didnâ€™t have any coconut trees and there were none around that I could use. To make tuak, you canâ€™t just use ordinary coconuts from the market because you have to cut the coconuts before they flower â€“ otherwise theyâ€™re no good for tuak. Eventually, though I worked with other people and made tuak.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Donâ€™t fight with each other and create enemies.
Are you worried about dying?
Yes, I am.
What do you think will happen to you after you die?
Iâ€™ll be reincarnated but before that my spirit will reside in our local temple â€“ the temple of the God Siva â€“ where I will wait for reincarnation and the local community will make offerings of fruit to me.
When was the happiest time in your life?
When I was young and able to make a lot of Tuak â€“ and drink it, too!
And the worst?
When it was hard to make a living because conditions were not so good.
Whatâ€™s humanity all about?
Living in peace and harmony with other people, especially within our own families.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I donâ€™t know what the exact reasons are – maybe itâ€™s because of differences in the way of thinking. Everyone has their own opinion about things, and maybe thatâ€™s the reason.
Is a peaceful world an impossible dream?
Yes, it is.
In summary, are you disappointed with your life or happy at whatâ€™s happened?
Iâ€™m happy enough.
Did you have the opportunities you thought youâ€™d have?
Yes, I think Iâ€™ve had.
How much has luck has played in your life?
Not that much, but I have been lucky from time to time.
How old do you feel?
Very old â€“ about 90!
Have you achieved everything you set out to, or are there
still things left to do?
These days thereâ€™s nothing left that I want to do.
Is one lifetime enough?
No, itâ€™s not enough. I still want to be with my friends and work with them and have fun. (BT/OS)