Unscripted. Unstaged. Anosh Irani.

Unscripted. Unstaged. is an interview series from Laura Murray Public Relations that speaks with fascinating artists, advocates, administrators, and other individuals who keep the Canadian artistic community visible, viable, and vibrant.
This week we spoke with Vancouver-based author and playwright Anosh Irani. He is the author of the acclaimed novels THE CRIPPLE AND HIS TALISMANS and THE SONG OF KAHUNSHA, which was published in 13 countries, and was a bestseller in Canada and Italy. His play BOMBAY BLACK received a Dora Award for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology “The Bombay Plays: THE MATKA KING & BOMBAY BLACK” was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Drama.

Q: Let’s say we run into each other at a party – how would you introduce yourself?


Just by my name.  Then I’d take it from there.


Q: If we checked your nightstand, what books would we find you reading right now?


THE MAFIA QUEENS OF MUMBAI, a true life account of women in the
underworld.  And THE VALLEY OF MASKS, a novel by Tarun Tejpal.  And a collection of poems by Ghalib.


Q: If we checked your computer, what favourite sites would be bookmarked?


I don’t know how to bookmark sites.  I’m a caveman.


Q: How did you come to do what you do – was there a defining moment you can tell us about?


Ever since I was a child, I loved telling stories.  I come from a family
of storytellers, who are inspired by alcohol.  Luckily, I found prose.


Q: When it comes to marketing, is there a particular campaign or a poster, advertisement, or promotion that made a significant impact or that stands out in your mind?


Nike’s Just Do It.


Q: Lastly, what inspires you?


Courage.  Men and women who have defied the odds, who have crumbled and risen again.  In a city like Bombay, that happens almost on a daily basis.  And art, of course — music, dance, poetry.  Finally, Bombay itself — my muse, my teacher, my nemesis, my mistress.



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