The life story of prince Madé Djelantik is imbued with wonder and magic, awakening feelings of “lightness of being” in this uncertain age. Born in a legendary royal palace in Bali during the twilight of the feudal age in colonial times, the prince was later driven by an early passion for medicine to set sail for Europe and was the first Balinese to receive a degree from the University of Amsterdam. His calling took him to far flung corners of the planet, where he encountered everything from a pirate ambush in the South China Sea and a night attack by a famished army of rats, to a deadly volcanic eruption, and even arrest by the Saddam Hussein’s secret police. In each situation, Dr. Djelantik responded with equanimity and a sublime sense of humor. His extraordinary story is also linked to a pivotal event in his early childhood and the prophetic words uttered by the great Rabindranath Tagore, when the Bengali poet was a guest of his father. By the time, Dr Djelantik established the first hospital in Bali, he had become an internationally recognized malaria expert and as such, he radicated malaria on the island. At 80, the doctor was struck by a life-threatening illness. After miraculously waking up from a five week deep coma, he began to paint crucial scenes from his past. His 42 watercolors gave birth to this book. Dr. Djelantik’s world odyssey draws the reader into an incomparable vision of life, one that offers timeless guidance.