x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

'I remember Mother Teresa's warmth'

Neel Kumar and his family travelled from Dubai to Kolkata regularly to visit the orphanage in the years after he and his sister were adopted.

Neel Kumar and his family travelled from Dubai to Kolkata regularly to visit the orphanage in the years after he and his sister were adopted.

Mr Kumar was photographed at the age of seven with Mother Teresa on the day he saw her for the last time. "I was very young but I remember a feeling of warmth you got from meeting her," he said. "When she passed away obviously I was sad. But she had taken what she had done far enough that there are so many people she inspired that will keep this going. It's not like her compassion left with her, which is a beautiful thing."

Mrs Kumar said: "Mother Teresa was very sweet, very humble, very gentle, and she had all the time in the world for you. She was so tired that day she met us and she was busy with some public function. Yet she found the time to talk to us. When you were in her presence you were very important to her."

* Colin Simpson