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Raise a toast to your inspirational celebrity

We asked: If you have the power to meet five personalities, who will feature on your list and why?

The Telegraph Published 27.03.22, 04:15 AM
From the left top, clockwise: Princess Diana, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand, and H.G. Wells

From the left top, clockwise: Princess Diana, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand, and H.G. Wells

The five people are:

Ratan Tata: Have always read about his noble deeds and would really love to meet him one day.


Narayan Debnath: He made my childhood so memorable. Papa would buy Nonte Fonte comics for me and it’d take me less than an hour to complete one book.

Princess Diana: I’m a bit interested in the British royal family and, in my opinion, she was the most beautiful and humble among all.

Ayushmann Khurrana: He is breaking all existing stereotypes in our society through his powerful performances and choice of roles.

Selena Gomez: Alex Russo (her character’s name in Wizards of Waverly Place) will always hold a special place in my heart.

Ronali Raha

If I had the power, I’d want to meet:

Naina Lal Kidwai: Famous banker, a Harvard alumnus and a chartered accountant, I would like to know about her ascent in the world which is dominated by men.

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi: He’s the nawab of Indian cricket, who played in 46 tests and became the captain at the age of 21. That is a great feat.

Suchitra Bhattacharya: Bengali novelist famous for her novels like Kacher Manush, Hemanter Pakhi, Anyo Basanti. Her novels highlighted the lives of ordinary young Bengali women and how the world revolved around them.

Nutan: She was all grace and charm. Her style was impeccable. After watching her movies, I felt that she was one of the greatest actresses Bollywood ever had.

Dev Anand: Handsome. Infectious smile. No six or eight packs. A true gentleman over whom women swooned. He created some great movies (accompanied with some unforgettable melodies) and popularised the ‘film noir’ genre in Bollywood. He was a self-made star and is still alive in people’s hearts.

Sreemoyee Bandyopadhyay

Five personalities are

Rabindranath Tagore because he’s such an incredibly inspirational figure that I always love to cherish his noble works.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose since his sacrifice and bravery are essential qualities in today’s world.

Naruto and Hinata Uzumaki as I’m a huge fan of anime and these two fictional characters have changed my life to a healthy and happy one.

Herbert George Wells for I was absolutely thrilled reading his The Invisible Man and it would be a huge honour for me to meet him.

William Wordsworth, since his poems reflect the uniqueness, melody and immense love for nature that drives me crazy about him.

Agamani Mukherjee

I would like to meet....

Chanakya: I can’t wait to learn some political ethics and strategies from this eminent personality.

Anne Frank: The Jewish victim of the Holocaust will certainly share minute details about her agonising days at the Nazi concentration camp with me.

Kazi Nazrul Islam: I really want to spend a poetic afternoon with the bidrohi kobi.

Gumnami Baba: I would have a long chat with him to finally be able to solve the death mystery of our very own Netaji.

Stephen Hawking: I am curious about his journey as a legandary theoretical physicist who had to live with the degeneration of motor neurons in his brain.

Mitrajit Naha

If I had the power, I would like to meet:

Rabindranath Tagore, the greatest poet, novelist, song writer of all time, and the pride of Bengal.

Satyajit Ray, another great talent of Bengal, a writer and film-maker of international repute.

Rani Rashmoni, a woman who was much ahead of her time, who was a social worker and reformer.

Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi, who fought so bravely against the British.

Amitabh Bachchan, who needs no introduction. I truly admire him.

Mohua Sen Dasgupta

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