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A subtle reminder from Pak Made

A subtle reminder from Pak Made

By Charu Agarwal

Taking a break from indulging in the egocentric melodrama of my life, I decided to push my laptop aside and amuse Pak Made, housekeeper of the beautiful villa we were renting in Ubud.

Whenever he comes by, he never misses an opportunity to pull up a chair next to me and start a conversation. I often tune him out because I’m always busy being busy on my laptop.

Pak Made looked confused. “We don’t understand how foreigners spend all day in front of their laptop. Their life depends on wifi connection! How can they make a living sitting in front of a laptop? For us, earning money means doing hard physcial labour,” he said while flexing his muscles.