Faraaz Kazi (born November 10, 1987) is an Indian author, primarily writing mainstream romance and best known for his debut novel Truly Madly Deeply, published by the Cedar Books imprint of Pustak Mahal and re-released by Mahaveer Publishers in 2012. Kazi has been called the ‘Nicholas Sparks of India’.
Faraaz Kazi is the only child of his parents and was born and raised in Mumbai. A student of Our Lady of Fatima High School, Faraaz moved to GuruNanak Khalsa College of Science to complete his plus two. He went on to complete his undergraduate degree in management and eventually obtained an MBA in marketing. He is a triple post-graduate with a Masters in psychology and counselling and another one in Human Resources. Faraaz also has a diploma in Freelance Journalism from The British Institutes and a certificate in Creative Writing from Xavier’s Institute of Communication.
After graduating from Xavier’s, Faraaz worked on his debut novel and eventually published it in 2010. The book was titled Truly Madly Deeply… Memoirs of a Broken Heart’s First Love! which was republished again in October 2012 and went on to become a national award-winning title apart from becoming the first book by an Indian author to win the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut (Romance). It remains the only Indian book in the Top 100 YA Global Fiction list.
Kazi’s second book titled The Other Side, co-authored with Vivek Banerjee was released on 15 November 2013 by Vikram Bhatt and the team of 1920 Evil Returns. It is the first book in the world to have an animated cover. The book is also said to be the largest attempt so far in Indian commercial horror literature.
Kazi’s third book titled “LOVE” compiled and edited by him is an anthology of cross-genre stories connected by the emotion of love. It features a foreword and one mainstream romance story titled ‘The Doorway’ written by him. The book was released on 6 February 2015.
Faraaz is the recipient of the YCOF National Excellence Award in Creative Writing
Faraaz is the joint-winner of the National Debut Youth Fiction Award (2013)
Faraaz is the winner of the Goodreads Choice Readers Award for Best Debut (Romance) for his book, Truly Madly Deeply (quoted from Wikipedia).