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A brush with many colours!

Saying that she juggles roles would be a downright insult. She has various shades about herself and she is just comfortable in all those. Vandanaa Sehgal is an architect, a lecturer at the College of Architecture, painter, socialite married to an IAS officer, mother of two and above all a homely woman.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 00:17 IST

Saying that she juggles roles would be a downright insult. She has various shades about herself and she is just comfortable in all those.

Vandanaa Sehgal is an architect, a lecturer at the College of Architecture, painter, socialite married to an IAS officer, mother of two and above all a homely woman.

“I love to paint because it is through painting that you can let your heart out,” says Vandana. Vandana has been painting since she was a kid but never took it up as a profession.

“If you are an artist by profession then I feel that you have to prove something to the world. But in my case I have no compulsions, as I am not an artist by profession.

I can express myself freely without any pressure, straight from my heart. It is just a pure emotion,” says Vandana.

Vandana is a Lecturer at the College of Architecture, Lucknow University.
She holds a Masters degree in Architecture and to everybody’s surprise she is going to pursue her PhD in Architecture Theory from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.

“I always wanted to do a PhD but didn’t get an opportunity after my masters, and now that I’ve got an opportunity I want to make use of it,” says Vandana. She has got a scholarship to pursue her PhD.

“When I was doing my Masters I had a hard time. I used to travel from Dehradun to Roorkee in a local bus everyday.

However, the hard work and determination did pay and I passed out with a first division.”

Born and brought up in Chandigarh, Vandana gives the credit for her success to her father, her husband, Navneet Sehgal and her will to do something. She says, “My father was also in the services.

He always made sure that my two younger sisters and me always read meaningful books. Our entire childhood was full of books and knowledge.” “My husband has been my backbone after marriage.

He has always supported me in all my endeavors.”

Telling HT We about her marriage with Navneet, Vandana says, “It was a typical arranged marriage. My parents had heard about Navneet and his family through common friends and one fine day Naveent and his parents came to our house to visit us that was the first time that I had met Navneet and liked him instantly.

The confidence instilled in his face made me fall for him. Both of us liked each other and ended up in a wedlock in 1991.”

“Navneet and I are complimentary to each other. He is a stronger person and I am a little laid back and relaxed. Emotions don’t sway him and I am emotional. This makes our relationship very balanced,” says Vandana.

Vandana is a complete Locknowite now and hates the thought and process of shifting to Delhi. “We are shifting to Delhi in March. Navneet is now posted Delhi. But neither my children nor me want to shift to Delhi.

We have been living here for the past 10 years and we love this place a lot,” says Vandana.

On entering Vandana’s house one will be greeted by innumerable Ganeshas. She loves to collect Ganesha idols. “I find them aesthetically very appealing.

I feel nobody can make a bad or an ugly Ganesha. They are always cute.

I have collected them from all parts of India and I have them in all shapes and sizes,” says Vandana.

Vandana Sehgal truly is a woman to look upto. A true woman of substance.