Thursday, May 11, 2006
....and you keep a part of them with you forever: An Indonesian experience, the finale
Kenakelayan quoted this in one of her entries:
...you will come across people who will leave you increased in some good way or other, and you keep a part of them with you forever. These are baraka people.
Anang, the driver who took care of our trip from day 1, fits the above bill very well. A well mannered and mild-tempered person, he forever spoke with a pleasant tone and expression. Never did we see him once, losing his temper or showing his annoyance towards anyone. He tried his best to answer our queries, answering to our barrages of questions left and right.
Always wearing a sincere smile, he is ever polite in his ways. When eating with us, he chose not sit too near, perhaps in fear of disrupting our privacy, eventhough we felt so comfortable with his presence. Once at the hill at Parangtritis, as he was imparting valuable knowledge to us ladies, an old woman who was on foot, greeted him and made some query, to which he answered with a smile. Others would probably brush the woman aside but not Anang!
He completed high school and started working immediately without acquiring tertiary study. But let not that make you think poorly of him! His knowledge of his motherland is to be praised. His knows ancient history of the Hindu and Budhhist power colonising his homeland as much as he knows of the whole gamut of the present day politics. And he even read serious books like Hamka's!
Patience is written all over his face especially when following us around bargaining for things at the market or when we had to wait for the sun to set its best crimson color at Parangtritis or when the guys were in a state of despondence for not able to capture Merapi at its best. As if reading the guys' mind, he made a detour, taking a route with a better view of Merapi.
Here are some exerpts of our conversations with him (retrieved from my memory box, thus, some distortions might have occured)
"Yang bahayanya, awan panas, dihasil dari proses letupan gunung itu. Di sini dipanggil Wedus Ghembel. Panasnya bisa capai 2000 darjah. Ia bisa gerak laju sekali"
"Biar saja saya yang bawanya" and off he took all our shopping goods and we walked around hands free.
At Parangtritis, we were amazed on how the villagers managed vegetable farms by the beach. "Iya. Sayur bisa hidup di pasir. Cumanya, perlu ada air yang di lalukan ke situ."
I could rave on and on about this guy who is a walking encyclopedia in his own unique way!
From day one, Anang had carried an unspoken motto that says: I am here to make your stay worthwhile!
Anang is one of those people whom you keep a part of them with you forever! May Allah swt give him His blessings constantly, insyallah.