1974, Calcutta, West Bengal, India  --- Mother Teresa with a child from the orphanage she operates in Calcutta. Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Boyaxihu), the Roman Catholic-Albanian nun revered as India's "Saint of the Slums," was awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.  --- Image by © Nik Wheeler/Sygma/Corbis
Essay : Lessons from Mother

By Usha Uthup

It has been a real blessing to have known Mother Teresa for 47 years. The first time I met her, she was not the person worshipped by people around the world, but a simple nun. I met her at a homoeopathy clinic, a place she also frequented. In the years that followed, I got to love her, feel her, know her, smile with her, walk with her and sing for her. But above all, I experienced her immense passion and strength, dignity and grace and, of course, her simplicity.