“Love comes in many hues and forms. It exists at different levels. It swings from the passionate to the mellow, it exists in different kinds of relationships. Love is not all hearts and flowers. There are rough times. Work it out, don’t walk out. Love and Humanism together with respect, seem to be the way to relieve the world of its angst, or at least some of it. Love your fellowmen. Empathize. It will go a long way.”
– Tannaaz Irani
Here is our Valentine’s day special interview session with Tannaz Irani, who has written two books and is also a partner at Creative Crow Publishers.
1. Tell us something about yourself.
Where do I begin? Well, I was schooled at St. Agnes’ High School, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Mumbai. Then I studied the Liberal Arts for 5 years at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, but I did study Economics for 4 years.
My world-view has been moulded by the theories and philosophies I was exposed to at this college; and which have continued to morph all my life till date; but college laid the basis for it.
I also have a Law degree.
I’ve always loved language; and after my kids grew up, I wrote for fun, starting a blog, tanus-corner.com
I then became Editor at Creative Crows Publishers LLP. Now I am a Partner at this firm; and I am working with Col. Chadha, my Partner and the Founder to build it and grow.
2. What is writing for you?
Writing to me is self-expression. At one level, it is very personal; I find the exercise cathartic; and I feel light and easy after I’ve written something. At other times I like to write analytical stuff, very objective; and pertaining to social issues.
3. Did you always want to be a writer?
Not consciously. I was taught to be practical – to stand on my feet, make a living, so I chose to follow Dad and became a lawyer, though I never practised. Writing has always been a love; and were I to be asked what my heart’s desire was, it would have been writing or something related to it.
4. Who is your biggest influence?
In real life, I would say it is my mother. Even today, I am just not happy if she doesn’t approve. To me, she is excellence in every possible way. I like to think I am very much like her.
The author who has influenced me the most, I would say, is P.G. Wodehouse. He taught me to always see the lighter side and laugh.
School teachers and professors at college have also played a significant role.
5. We would like to hear something about your latest book.
The book is ‘Goodness Gracious Grandmama’ from the house of Creative Crows Publishers, written as a memoir. The tone is tongue in cheek and satirical. While my maternal Granny never set out to be a comedienne, I always saw a funny side to her; especially as I grew older I found her quite hilarious. While some of the anecdotes in the book have been fictionalized to an extent, it has definitely been influenced by my memories of her. It does make for a fun and humourous read.
The book is available on http://www.creativecrowspublishers.com
6. What problems did you face while setting up your own publishing house?
Creative Crows Publishers was founded by my Partner Col. Mahip Chadha, a very dynamic personality. I came in about a year later. Well, it has faced the usual problems faced by any new enterprise; but we smooth them over with hard work, ingenuity and a dogged will to do well.
In the brief span of time of its existence, the firm has done rather well; our procedures are transparent; we are economical; open; and we do our very best for our authors always having a personal touch. Most of our authors become our friends. Do check our website http://www.creativecrowspublishers.com
7. What are your other interests besides writing?
I love music across various genres, and of course I love to read, though unfortunately I have grown so busy, I have very little time to read anymore! I love historicals and history; I admire Indian handicrafts, and I like to keep my mind lively and active.
8. Tell us about your upcoming work.
There is no full length book on the anvil as of now, as I want to concentrate on the publishing house. Maybe a year or so down the line I might come up with a book on controversial social issues – That is one thing I would really like to do. Meanwhile I contribute to journals and blogs.
9. Since it is Valentine’s Day today, would you like to share something special about this specific day?
Well, I love a handful of people and no more; and at the risk of disappointing youngsters I would say that vis-à-vis these persons everyday is Valentine’s Day. Cliched I know, but that is just how I feel.
10. How can our readers connect with you?
Readers can inbox me on Facebook.
Email is good too: firstname.lastname@example.org