‘Let me light up lives’

It was Bollywood cutie Preity Zinta’s birthday recently. And the bubbly, 34-year-old actress has got a bagful of gifts — no, not the ones she got, but those that she wants to distribute, after a “small get-together with friends”. Says Preity, “I want to do something meaningful. I feel like it’s my new beginning and I want to do something completely different. I’m going to be a part of this campaign called Light a Billion Lights where you sponsor electricity to a complete village, that works on solar technology.” Preity also intends to sponsor the education of underprivileged children. “I feel the only difference between a rich and a poor kid is that the former has the resources to get proper education while the poor kid doesn’t. I feel if a poor kid is given the same, he has a chance to do much better than the rich kid,” says the actress, adding, “God has given me so much and now, I feel it’s my turn to give back.” But, if there is one wish she has for herself this year, then Preity wants her IPL team to lift the trophy this year. “It has these little diamonds on it and diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so you know what I mean, don’t you,” she smiles saucily.