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as seen through the eyes of her better-half

When I Read You Like a Book

(For Jyotika, at intimate distance)


When I read you like a book

the chapters just wouldn't end

as if heaven itself were the book


When I read you like a lyrical verse

every word bears another new word

as if you were an ocean of layers


So I read you like a narrative, a tale

in which I search myself, a word

and find them all as your synonyms


© ️Rajvinder Singh, Berlin, 2020

Translated from the German original

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Prof. Dr. Jyotika Sehgal was the former HOD, Dept. of Painting, College of Art, Delhi, India. She acquired her Ph.D. through practice-based research in England and Delhi on "An inquiry into the 'lingual to visual' translation process as a form of trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural mediation". Springing from that, her multilingual book, "to reach you, I dream," was published by the Lecti Book Studio in 2018 in their Loom-Mool series. Her 2019 Ebook, "Guru Nanak Dev Ji's, Jap Ji Sahib, Manifestations of the Magnificent," is available on Presently she is working on its second edition.

In Solo-Shows, she has presented her art-works in New Delhi, India, Berlin, Germany, and Wolfson College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. In India, she is a recipient of the Sahitya Kala Parishad, Yuva Mahotsav Award, the National Cultural Scholarship, Charles Wallace India Trust Award to England from the British Council, and the National Academy Award in Painting by Lalit Kala Akademi, India. 

Jyotika mainly paints in Oils and Egg-Tempera, and her studio is in Berlin.

Introducing Jyotika Sehgal...


Jyotika Sehgal, Prof. Dr.



1981, 1st Class and also merit position holder from

Air Force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi, India

1985, Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting with 1st Class 1st) from

Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India

1987, Master of Fine Art (Portrait Painting 1st Class) from

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujrat, India.

1987, NET, UGC India Professional Exam.

2005-2009 in Europe; involved in

Practice-Based Research at the UWE, Bristol, UK.

2010-2014 continued the research in India and Europe.

2015 Awarded Ph.D. by the University of Delhi, Delhi, India


Teaching Experience:


1990-1996 Lecturer of Painting at the Govt. College of Art, Chandigarh.

1996-2021 at the College of Art, New Delhi, India.

Retired as Professor and HOD, Dept. of Painting, College of Art, Delhi.




1987, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Yuva Mahotsav Award, New Delhi, India

1987, National Cultural Scholarship in Painting, India

1988, University Grants Committee Research Fellowship in Fine Art, India

2002, Charles Wallace India Trust Award to the United Kingdom

2011, National Academy Award in Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, India.



Major Exhibitions: solo and two-person show:


1992 (Joint-show) Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh, India.

1997 (Solo-show) JJValaya Art, New Delhi, India.

2002 (Solo-show) Indian Embassy, Berlin, Germany.

2003 (Solo-show) Wolfson College University of Oxford, UK.

2007 (Joint-show) Insel Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

2021 (Solo-show) Shridharani, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, India.



Book Publications:

2018, A Multilingual Book, Based on her Ph.D. Research, Titled: To Reach You, I Dream, Um Dich Zu Erreichen, Träume Ich, Published by the Lecti Book Studio, Europe, and from 2023 on Colorit, Helsinki.

2019, Published an Ebook Titled: Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Jap Ji Sahib, Manifestations Of The Magnificent” on the Smashwords Website

2024, 2nd Edition, Re-rendering of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Jap Ji Sahib, Manifestations Of The Magnificent”published at KDP Amazon and Apple Books


Nuria Singh, daughter, Berlin, Germany

Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, former Mexican Ambassador To India

Birgit and Prof. Dr. Detlef Seydel, Wolfsburg and Berlin, Germany

Mehras (Ena), Art Collectors, New Delhi, India

Jaspreet Takhar, Architect, Chandigarh, India

Pooja Sood, Curator and Art Management Consultant, India

Daniel Massat, former Director, Alliance Française, Chandigarh, India

Dr. Alka Pande, Writer and a Consultant Arts Advisor, New Delhi, India

Rod Waig, Artist, Oxford, England

Bettina and Dr. Uwe Riemer, Hamburg, Germany

Nafisa Ali Sodhi, Actor, India

D. J. Singh, JJ Valaya Life, India

Molly and Stephan Schwardmann, Leipzig, Germany

Jyoti Pande Lavkare, Environmentalist and Writer, India

Anu and Col. Mandeep S. Sehgal, Secunderabad, India

Dr. F.H. Taylor, former Secretary, CWIT, London, England

Prof. Sebastian Blackie, University of Derby, England

Zubeda B, Lawyer, New Delhi, India

Sybille Schrader-Ludwig, Mahlow, Germany

Karandip Singh Sandhu, Chandigarh, India

Sonam and Sudhanshu Pandey, IAS, India

Dr. M. S. Nayar, Newcastle, UK

Renu George, Founder Gallery Time and Space, Bengaluru, India

Punjab National Bank, Mumbai and Chandigarh, India

Punjab University Museum of Fine Arts, Chandigarh, India

College of Art, New Delhi, India

Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, India

Chandigarh Industrial Cables Ltd., Chandigarh, India

PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh Press Club, Chandigarh, India

Art Collection Wolfson College, University of Oxford, England

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujrat, India.

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