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Please hug me.I'm just like you.

Really sorry--I have had to remove this post as it will soon appear in a book. Making it available online would have been very unfair to my publisher who has placed so much trust in me. I hope you enjoy the other posts as much as you enjoyed this one. A heartfelt thanks for your support and understanding.Thanks for continuing to read what I write.


  1. Even i dnt have anything to say, just silent tears.

  2. I'm reminded of this picture:

  3. ...And there is not much to comment either.
    Thank you for telling us that story but most of all thank you for going there.

  4. I am so glad these supportive organisations exist and that people like you give your time to spread a little happiness. It sounds like the children had a lovely time. I love that they were so polite and asked for sweets for their sick friends. I think they are a fine example for many others.

    I can't help but wonder about that one child though and his black drawing. He is in a dark and lonely place :-(

  5. wat do i say.. ya feels sad.. teaches the value of life..

  6. Misti: You said it.Silent tears.

    Tyler:The image really moved me too.

    Devil Mood: Thanks for commenting.

    Bob-Kat:Couldnt help noticing that, that little boy was among the ones who did not know thier full names.

    Mr.Fab:Honoured to see you here

    Diya:It really does.

  7. Hugs, ps. That's about all I can say. Hugs.

  8. It is a blessing to god that there are people out there who are willing to go to these children.

    Thank you

  9. :)I really appreciate your kindness towards those children

  10. Somewherejoe: You ogt what i was trying to say.You understood.Thank you.

    Freelance Cynic: The people who set up the organisation deserve kudos.

    Deepak: There was nothing fo me to smile about.I just felt humbled.

  11. Chills and teary eyes, Ps. I just can't talk. But I have tucked the picture into the wallet of my consciousness. Bless you.

  12. Gawpo: I felt that way too.

  13. Oh geez, that was so touching. I'm in tears--for them, for how lucky I am. It was so wonderful of you to give them some much needed attention.

  14. katherine: I know--We really do not realise just HOW FORTUNATE we are--sometimes, we need to remember and be grateful.The visit was really was an eye-opener for me.

  15. Bharathi9:40 AM

    I can't write most of what i feel..its not about feeling grateful, its about how so many have been shortchanged in life .The calm acceptance that you talk of was the most morbid desire to even indulge in something so taken for granted..what can one even say?

  16. oh you are such brave and kind-hearted woman! I really admire you...The world needs more peole like you!It really touched me when the kids asked extra chocolates not for them,but for those who are suffuring more than them:(.I can't believe how mature these kids are!

  17. Bharathi--what i meant is that we have to be grateul for our lives.That visit just mad me realise I have no bloody right to crib anbout ANYTHING.And certainly made me realise not to take anything for granted.

  18. realy no words.those kids will be there in my prayers.

  19. No words. This post has inspired me to spend time atleast once a fortnight / month with such organizations. Thanks.

  20. Thank you for sharing this experience and congratulations for having had it!

  21. Sunny: I feel happy that you have decided to do that.

    Jonice:Thank you--I just felt it was an eye opener--not a great deed which deserved congrats--but thanks anyway.

  22. yesterday i saw a documentary 'back to bosnia' that was about a family who went back to bosnia post-war to reclaim their stolen property...i was moved by the i read this blog of yours that made me realize that though the bosnian family had so many problems yet they were so trivial as compared to these childrens'...tomorrow is it possible to come across some other sad reality that would make me realize that problems of these AIDS infected children are trivial...I DON'T THINK SO.

  23. What a life to lead with experiences as rich as these. How moving an account...
    How different is the world....
    How i take things for granted...
    How is it that suddenly all the things i thought mattered are specks of dust..........

  24. what can I say that hasn't already been articulated so well...silent tears

  25. My mother died of cancer. The one perpectual fear I have is to suffer like that. In life one cribs about the various million issues and problems one faces. a promotion not received, a cricket match lost, I wish I had this and that. One's needs and wants are never ending. However like PS said our trivial problems are nothing compared to what these kids have. Health I guess is one of the most important riches one should expect and hope for. Of course that does not mean that we would all turn into Gautam Budha's over night. However the point is that we should thank our lucky stars for what we have and not crib about what we dont have. Life can be a great leveller.....

  26. srikala5:03 PM

    Indeed an eye-opener!! Couldnt control my tears reading it - felt very moved. Yes, its one of life's many lessons - we have no right to crib about anything at all. Just thank Him and have these innocent kids in our prayers too. What was their sin for having born with this...and yet, how complacently they live life. I very badly wish that even the lone child who stood apart, also got to mingle with you.
    I am glad I know you, preeti for the person you are...u helped bring smiles to the children's lonely moments! God bless u!

  27. PS, you display a deep sensitivity to kids and a perceptivity of human behavior that is quite remarkable. When I first saw the title ‘Please hug me’ put up on the right side of your blog, I didn’t have the slightest clue that I was about to read one amongst the most touching articles I’ve come across in the recent times.
    It is saddening that our society often tends to fight against the victims rather than against the disease. The recent incident that I recall is the expulsion of two little kids from a school in Kerala, as they were affected by the disease, and incidentally, the state boasts to having the highest literacy rate in the country!(and that is not something which I would like to project about the state where I live in)

    Your post calls for a self-examination among the readers, PS, so that the next time before we fret & frown about our misfortunes, we would pause for a minute to think about these kids who doesn’t even have a fraction of what we all have been lucky enough to have.

  28. this is relly scary :(

  29. Silence just transcended on beautiful and touching ....and ur such an admirable woman.

  30. i do wish those children had many such days to look forward to, where someone would come just to be with them...thinking of that lonely child too...just couldn't leave such an emotional post without saying

  31. Very proud we have some people like you and both colleagues to spend and share for them.

    "we all know that touching someone with AIDS cannot spread it, we still have that mental fear and loathing" it happens generally to all, but we have to prepare our self if to bring a change and satisfaction in them.

  32. Thanks for sharing this.. Very touching.. Hope we could do something for such children..

  33. That was really touching. I had tears in my eyes when i finished reading it. How true when you say our problems look trivial compared to what these kids go thru have gone thru every single day.... and yet when i leave ur comment box the triviality will come back, the endless complaints will come back! I wish i cud really humble myself like u guys did once u were back inside ur car...

  34. And the worst thing is that these lil ones are suffering for no fault of theirs! Comming from this profession I only hope that 'cure' is discovered for this disease and the drug company dont aim at profits for the benefit of these budles of joy.........

  35. I lost my step-sister to AIDS in 1991. It was heartbreaking (and still is), and I cannot imagine what you've witnessed even though you so eloquently described it without going into terrible detail.
    Thank you, though, for doing what many of us wish we could, in lieu of being able to effect a cure/total prevention.
    I am enjoying your blog...

  36. I lost my step-sister to AIDS in 1991. It was heartbreaking (and still is), and I cannot imagine what you've witnessed even though you so eloquently described it without going into terrible detail.
    Thank you, though, for doing what many of us wish we could, in lieu of being able to effect a cure/total prevention.
    I am enjoying your blog...


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