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On the occasion of Women’s Day, we caught up with Pooja Sahai on what inspires her, and her views and ideas as a woman in the field of design. We hope you enjoy this tête-à-tête!

Berger Paints India: What inspires you to think creatively and fuels you to ‘paint your imagination’? (Paint your imagination is Berger Paints’ tagline).

Pooja Sahai: Nature. My morning walk, holidays and books. Situations that are challenging design, solution wise.

Berger Paints India:  Which is your favourite project till date? Tell us more about it.

Pooja Sahai: A work space for ‘tmi’ which not only had to reflect the work done by the team which is very technical in nature but also be a reflection of the free-spirited nature of the owner. All this within a very strict timeline,.

Berger Paints India: How do you achieve work-life balance?

Pooja Sahai: I take it a day at time. Sorting my priorities works the best for me.

Berger Paints India: Who is your favourite woman in the world of design/architecture?

Pooja Sahai: Zaha Hadid and Coco Chanel.

Berger Paints India: Which design trend are you most excited about?

Pooja Sahai: The eclectic trend, which is always around.

Berger Paints India: How does it feel to be a women architect/interior designer amongst male counterparts?

Pooja Sahai: I believe that this has been a profession where ability and sincerity play a bigger role than gender . So yes very comfortable.

Berger Paints India: Do you think interior design is a gender-dominated vocation?

Pooja Sahai: The world is constantly changing. I remember a Song from a Bollywood movie called hum tum quoting how if a woman has nothing better to do she becomes an ‘interior decorator’.Its all about gender fluidity now. Design envelopes everybody and everything.

Berger Paints India: Which books are you currently reading/what are your hobbies?

Pooja Sahai: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher.

Interested in more inspiration? View the remainder of Pooja’s exclusive interview with us by clicking on the link:

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