Friday, January 7, 2011

The Many Conditions of Love by Farahad Zama

The Many Conditions of Love is the second book in Farahad Zama's Marriage Bureau for Rich People series. It looks like there is a third book coming out in March.  The series is about Mr Ali, a retired Indian civil servant who opens a matchmaking service on his veranda.  The second book focuses less on Mr. Ali's business and more on Aruna, Mr. Ali's assistant who is newly married and begins to have troubles when her spiteful sister-in-law comes to stay.  Rehman, Mr. and Mrs. Ali's son, is also a large focus of this story.  He begins dating a non-Muslim, and family conflicts develop on both sides.
I enjoyed this one, although not as much as the first simply because I love reading about Mr. Ali's matchmaking clients. These are light and quirky books so I think the more serious themes don't work as well. I hope that the third book returns more to the marriage bureau itself. Either way I am looking forward to reading it. 4/5

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