SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Seminar: The Many Conditions of Love

Farahad Zama

Date: 23 October 2009Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 23 October 2009Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G2

Type of Event: Reading

Author reading with Farahad Zama who will be in conversation with Amina Yaqin

Farahad Zama is the author of the successful 'The Marriage Bureau for Rich People' (Melissa Nathan Prize for best Comedy Romance Novel). His second novel 'The Many Conditions of Love' was released in July 2009. He will be in conversation with Amina Yaqin (SOAS).


Farahad Zama was born in Vizag on the Eastern coast of India in 1966. After obtaining a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Engineering at Kharagpur, near Kolkata, he moved to Mumbai to work for an investment bank. An arranged marriage to a Vizag girl soon followed. His career took him to New York, Zurich and Luxembourg and finally brought him to London for six months. Sixteen years later, Farahad is still in South London with his Vizag girl and two Croydon-born boys.

Farahad works in the City and writes on his commute and at weekends. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People is his first novel. He is delighted with its success – it was a Richard & Judy and Daily Mail book of the month, short listed for Best New Writer of the Year at the British Book Awards, Best Published Fiction at the Muslim Writers Awards and Melissa Nathan Awards for Comedy and Romance. The book is being translated into eight languages.

For more information on Farahad and his work, please see his web site

All are Welcome. The event is free.

If you'd like to register please contact or Tel 020 7898 4892/3

Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

Organiser: Centres & Programmes (REO)