Pak Man Bleck, Electrician, 44, from Pupuan village.
Is there a more lovable character in the whole of Gayatri? Is there a sight that brings more gladness to the heart than our wiry Snoop Dogg lookalike of an electrician sauntering in on his black skeletal old school motorbike, an inappropriately wintry-looking puffy navy coat, his helmet somewhere between his chin and forehead, somwhere in there a subtle but almost wicked smile, torn jeans about twenty centimetres too long for his legs, and his feet casually tucked into a pair of old trainers with their backs folded the worse for wear?
Is it too much to say he is greeted with the eagerness of a second coming, for he is our saviour in our time of need, before whom all cables, wires, MCBs, and short circuit issues lay prostate, parting at his command like the Red Sea? Or would it be more accurate to say that he is a Midas-like figure, except that instead of everything he touches turning to gold, pumps that previously refused to spit out water do so with a smile, lamps that were dead and buried come alive like they have just entered the full bloom of youth, and leaks disappear like a handkerchief from the fist of a magician?
Okay, enough of this rhetorical questioning, meet Pak Man Bleck, man whose agility gets him into the tightest of spaces easily, who used to come to work in a "Prisoner of the In-Laws" t-shirt before he got his uniform, and who is called "Bleck" because his first permanent job as an electrician saw him work such long hours in the open sun of the property that was to become Four Seasons Jimbaran that his dark skin became first a distinguishing feature, and then a part of his name, where it has remained all these years.
He has two sons and a wife who sells satay dough in Singapadu Market. The best thing about him: his never-say-die, optimist's optimist attitude. If he were asked to install a spotlight for Gayatri on the moon, he would look at Gayatri first, then the moon, think seriously for a bit while biting his upper lip, before replying "Coba dulu. Tapi lumayan kita habisin kabel" (in English: "We'll try. But we'll need a long cable.").