Stories from the archipelago | Tree of Desire by Ni Putu Rastiti

Posted: 27 February 2017

Tree of desire by Ni putu rastiti

Sukri, a scrap salvager from Denpasar, is devoted to his wife and three children. His is a story of longing, unfulfilled desires, and fleeting magic.

Sukri’s family – his wife and three children – are sitting cross-legged in a circle on a carpet of indeterminate color. The carpet is a source of pride for Sukri because it is the one thing that could be said to unite his family. Whenever Sukri and his wife are arguing about money and food for the children, he invites her to sit on the carpet, and their argument dissipates.

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the Author

Ni Putu Rastiti currently works in mental health care in Bali. Her first book is entitled Pohon Keinginan. Her works have been published  in the Bali Post, Media Indonesia, Tempo, Radar Bali, Jawa Post Group, as well as a number of anthologies.


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