We did our fair share of celebrity spot­ting to give you a sneak peek into their personal lives

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS -

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.

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