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Richard Oh's relentless pursuit of enlightenment

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, August 22, 2019  /  03:26 pm
Richard Oh's relentless pursuit of enlightenment

Richard Oh. (Falcon Pictures/-)

Indonesian filmmaker Richard Oh takes his intellectual and creative pursuits very seriously. “At home, he [Richard] reads books incessantly,” said his wife, novelist and writer Pratiwi Juliani. Visitors of the Reading Room cafe in Kemang, South Jakarta, can usually spot the 59-year old Richard sitting in his favorite corner. Sometimes, he can be heard cussing and yelling at his computer screen as he plays online chess games against strangers thousands of kilometers away. The cafe proves Pratiwi’s description of the avid-reading Richard. As its name suggests, it is literally a reading room filled with thousands of books from various genres and of different languages that visitors can read freely. Reading various books and talking to a diverse range of people have turned Richard into a versatile conversationalist on various issues, ranging from climate change ...