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.
Faraha's first novel, The Marriage Bureau For Rich People, was a Richard & Judy and Daily Mail book of the month, and was shortlisted for Best New Writer of the Year at the British Book Awards, Best Published Fiction at the Muslim Writers Awards and the Melissa Nathan Awards for Comedy and Romance. It was followed by The Many Conditions of Love (2009), The Wedding Wallah (2010) and Mrs Ali's Road to Happiness (2012).