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Women’s Day: A success story from Shimla

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Vandana Bhagra, Shimla, is multi facet personality, who proved the commonly observed notion wrong that after being a wife and a mother, there is an end to one’s individuality.

Living by the motto “When was the last time you did anything for the first time!” and taking every opportunity to do something new or something that makes her happy we have Vandana Bhagra, modern face of women in urban area who knows how to pamper herself as well as family without any failure.

“The concept of “a complete women” as per me is a total myth. No matter how hard you try to become a perfect housewife; a daughter-in-law; a mother; a professional you lose something or the other during this journey.”- Vandana

Just like Roseanne Barr, an American actress said, “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it” we have a multi facet personality Vandana Bhagra who with her firm determination changed the wrong commonly observed notion that after being a wife and a mother, there is an end to one’s individuality.

Born and brought up in Shimla, Vandana currently runs her own business venture namely, Hotel Samrat SS and while sharing about her life she says, “Most of my decisions were my pick. My first career choice was in the tourism industry but then I landed doing Journalism. In my 14 years of career span I have worked with many reputed publishing houses in Delhi.”

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“My most recent venture has been the reopening of my father’s premises Hotel Samrat SS, Opposite Tourism Lift, by making five rooms operational. Being totally new to the hotel industry my husband and I had a great deal to learn and we both divided the labour which paid us back in a form of newly renovated dining hall; VIVA BAR & RESTAURANT in 2011, with special thanks to Ar. Dhruv S Lal for his complimentary interiors of the entire place”, she said further.

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When the entire world is talking about Liberation of women Vandana says, “It is a farce dream and will need few more decades to become a reality. There are ample examples that can be quoted where liberation has been chained with an anchor and thrown in an abyss. Realistically only 20 per cent women feel liberated all over the world and perhaps only 5 per cent are those in India, who can actually share their experiences about the price they paid while on their way to success.”

When it comes to maintaining a balance between personal and professional life she says, “I have been very lucky as my husband has been more than supportive. He has been by my side at all times be it running for Sood Sabha Shimla Society meetings, hotel administration or freelance assignments, he has always been there to take care our five year old daughter. My family has been my strength in helping me achieve whatever I have done till date.”

While expressing her opinion on position of women in society she says, “Women are still being discriminated in all phases of their lives. Examples of discrimination exceeds much more over achievements of women. I personally feel that still long strides need to be made in this direction. Decisions have been taken in protecting the rights of women but implementation of those is far from seen.”

As per her message to other women she says, “The concept of “a complete women” as per me is a total myth. No matter how hard you try to become a perfect housewife; a daughter-in-law; a mother; a professional you lose something or the other during this journey. Have time for yourself too. Never underestimate and undermine yourself, as you have really not realized your own strength yet.”

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