My family is my priority: Tania Deol
Tania, once a quintessential south Mumbai girl has been a homemaker in the extended Deol family, staying n Juhu-Vile Parle scheme. And she has her distinct identity as a designer of furniture.
You must be the most low-profile star wife.
To be honest, I feel awkward to talk about myself. Both my husband and I are very private people, we don't party, neither do we like to get photographed together.
Initially, I didn't have my own identity of my own so to speak. (Laughs) But now, I speak occasionally because of my work.
Have you always wanted to be a career woman?
I was so young when I got married that I didn't know what I wanted out of life. Initially, I designed Bobby's film outfits.. strictly because of a comfort level. Today, I have found my niche. I enjoy designing furniture. I do it more out of love than a career ambition.
Why furniture designing?
I have done a course in interior designing. I was encouraged by the response to the furniture I designed for my house.
Subsequently I was invited to show , case a few pieces an exhibition. I started getting orders. So I began my own label.
Is the job any easier because you're a celebrity wife?
Obviously, I'm known because of my husband.. which makes the job easier for me than it would be for a rank newcomer.
On the other hand, some clients have this preconceived notion that my furniture is unaffordable because I'm a star wife. It isn't but I have to live with that.
How difficult is it to balance your domestic and professional lives?
Unarguably, my family is my priority. At the second level, I love my work and have learnt time management. I'm at the workshop in the mornings when our two kids are at school. Later in the day, I handle things from home, so I can be with my kids. At times, this double shift can be stressful but I'm not complaining.
Has the Deol family been supportive?
They know I'm very serious about my work. They've all been very supportive. Sunny bhaiyya keeps complimenting me on all the stuff I make.
What about Bobby?
Bobby isn't involved with my daily routine at the workshop. Still he's very tuned in, he's pretty vocal about what he likes and what could be better.
How would you describe Bobby as a husband?
(Laughs) Caring. Bobby is very emotional, he does these small, endearing things which mean so much. As a couple we can pre-empt every breath we take.
How is he as a father?
Aryaman and Dharam adore him. When he's at home they're always playing their little games with him. He's clued in to every moment in their lives.
Have you thought of opening your own store?
Bobby wants me to buy one but I'm okay this way. Maybe sometime in the future.
How important is it for a woman to be independent?
It's extremely important because it leads to more mutual respect.. (shyly) and love.