Book Review: The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

So, I was in a bargain shop the other day and was glancing through the books, when a bright book cover caught my eye.  I thought to myself, “Hey, that looks kind of Indian!”  I dug a little deeper (not an easy thing to do when you have a baby hanging on for dear life in one hand and balancing a purse on the other shoulder!)  Anyway, I found the book and flipped it over to check it out… sure enough the book jacket promised that it would be a tale of arranged marriages set smack in the middle of India.  The book was deeply discounted, which was too tempting, I took the risk and brought it home with me.

It didn’t sit on my shelf too long, I started reading it that night after Miss A went to bed.  It did not take long for me to get sucked into the plot.

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People is first in a light and fun series by Farahad Zama.  It is set in modern day India and tells the story of Mr. Ali, a newly retired man with too much time on his hands.  It is witty and funny at times and the characters are well developed.  Mr. Ali, a Muslim, decides to start a marriage bureau from his front verranda. He soon finds success and has more business than he can handle alone. Enter Aruna, a sweet Hindu girl with amazing organizational abilities, who becomes very valuable to Mr. & Mrs. Ali and the bureau.  Farahad Zama weaves in several characters who become customers of the marriage bureau.  Add in a tale of forbidden love and Mr. & Mrs. Ali’s own son who is a political activist (against their wishes) and lots of Indian culture, and you get a plot that makes for very entertaining reading!

What marks the sign of a good book?  I didn’t want to put it down, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end!  Thank goodness Mr. Zama has planned ahead and written 3 more installments in the series.  Although I found the first book in the series at a discount shop by chance, I’m planning to order the next installments in the series from Amazon – I want to find out what happens next!

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

1. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People (2009)

The Many Conditions of Love

2. The Many Conditions of Love (2009)

3. Not All Marriages are Made in Heaven (2010)

4. The Road to Happiness  (coming later in 2011)

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

  1. Kayla Parmar

    I decided to read this series after you mentioning it on your blog… I have the first two books but I can not find the third book anywhere! Know of any place that I can order it??

  2. Heather

    I’m not too sure on the third book now either. I think these are published in the UK so perhaps if you have a friend on that side of the “pond” they might have an easier time find it! I would keep checking amazon and ebay also – hopefully it will pop up somewhere soon.

  3. Heather

    Try looking under the title “The Wedding Wallah” for the third book – it seems that it was published under two different names! I picked up a copy of it in India on our recent trip…

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