We did our fair share of celebrity spotting to give you a sneak peek into their personal lives
For the longest time I thought Vidya Balan was really a Bengali, and being a Bong myself, felt a sense of pride on her achievements. She was one of our own. And it broke my heart when I learnt otherwise. With time, I have made peace with reality. But on meeting her this week, I realised it was not her ‘Bongness’, but her inherent charm that makes even a stranger feel at home around her. The day we meet, with our near-identical Lucknow chikan kurtas, silver jhumkas and messy hair, we are almost twinning! She welcomes me with a warm smile and there is an instant connect. As we start chatting, the conversation quickly veers from movies, to being a socially awkward teenager, to weight issues, and to missing Kolkata; and it increasingly starts to feel as if I am talking to a doppelganger. A soul sister moment with Bidya madam was the last thing I had expected when I went for this high-profile interview. The prospect of meeting one of the most talented cricketers in the world can be equal parts thrilling and daunting. But when I meet Adam Gilchrist in the coffee shop of a suburban hotel, he’s charming, candid and lets down his guard to field (no pun intended) questions on matters other than cricket. Here’s three things I learned about him in the course of the interview — 1) His wife Melinda and he are high-school sweethearts and have four children together. Aww!
2) His famous gnome-like ears often led to him being called ‘wingnut’ by the opposing team.
3) Butter chicken is a favourite in the Gilchrist household. Turn to ‘Personal Agenda’ to know more.