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Full Circle

Day 115: Jakarta

Michael Palin - Full Circle'Ramadan - Month of Self-Restraint', headlines the Jakarta Post, poked under my door at six o'clock. Ninety per cent of the Indonesian population is Muslim so the life of the country will be seriously affected by the festival, which requires true believers to refrain from eating, drinking and sex between dawn and dusk for twenty-nine consecutive days. More seriously it is announced that Baywatch has been temporarily removed from the television schedules.

Muslims see Ramadan as a month of blessing that provides them with the opportunity to purify themselves, the paper explains. Only the sick and aged, pregnant women, nursing mothers and those who are travelling long distances are exempt. But what about those travelling only short distances? Will they be weaving about the road, concentration sapped by tiredness and hunger? How dangerous is the journey we are about to embark on?
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Full Circle
  • Day: 115
  • Country/sea: Indonesia
  • Place: Jakarta
  • Book page no: 166

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