|Born||November 10, 1987|
|Other names||Faru, The Nicholas Sparks of India|
|Alma mater||Our Lady of Fatima High School|
|Truly Madly Deeply, The Other Side and More Than Just Friends|
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.
Faraaz heads a digital agency in Mumbai. He is also known for his creative writing and personality development workshops which he takes from time to time. Faraaz is a regular at literature festivals across the country and has also being the guest of honour at numerous college festivals and youth conferences across India. Faraaz is also an accomplished relationship counsellor. He is known for his trademark one-liners and quotes.
After graduating from Xavier's, Faraaz worked on his debut novel and eventually got it published 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. 'Truly Madly Deeply' has been adapted by a production house to be made into a Bollywood movie.
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. LOVE was also later on released on the Juggernaut app.
Kazi's fourth book titled "More Than Just Friends" is a romantic tale of a versatile painter who takes up the brush to escape her tumultuous past, only to find that the shades of love were the only colours missing in the palette of her life. The book, published by Juggernaut Publishers was released in August 2016.
Kazi's fifth book "Meant To Be Together" was published in late November 2018 by Srishti publishers.
Awards and Felicitations
- 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
- Faraaz has been felicitated as one of the legends of tomorrow by SBJ in their 2016 annual calendar.
- Faraaz has been felicitated by the Ministry of Chhattisgarh at the World Books and Copyright Day celebrations held in Raipur in 2015.
- Faraaz has also been felicitated by the Mumbai University at their annual round table conference in 2015.
- Faraaz has been amongst the pre-jury for the 'Have A Safe Journey' anthology published by Amaryllis publishers and the judge of the Juggernaut First Love anthology published by Juggernaut.
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- Manoj Sharma (14 February 2015), "Meet Real Indian Men who write real Indian romance", The Hindustan Times
- Media pictures from the launch
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- Love and a story
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- "Escaping The Past", The Asian Age"
- "Young Achievers In The Spotlight". Rediff.
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- "SBJ Legends of Tomorrow Calendar is here", Delhi Now Magazine, December 10, 2015
- "All my books are inspired from real life", Absolute India (Indian media) newspaper, February 28, 2015.
- "High on feelings", The Hindu, June 8, 2011
- "Book par banne waali hai movie", The Navbharat Times, December 21, 2014
- "Shock Value", The Hindu, November 29, 2013
- "Spooked Out", The Pioneer, December 31, 2013
- "The Daredevil Writer", DNA (Indian media) newspaper, February 8, 2014.
- "I Still Live In Old Times", Navbharat Times, December 20, 2014
- "Even Chetan Bhagat is cashing in on publicity: Faraaz Kazi", Mumbai Mirror, September 2, 2011
- "Romance, horror and a little more", Absolute India (Indian newspaper), January 12, 2014
- "Their Words Are Mightier", Daily Post (Indian newspaper), December 16, 2013
- "'Truly Madly Deeply' a coming-of-age romcom", IBN Live, August 29, 2011
- "Romancing the reader", Shillong Times, March 10, 2013. Quote: "Kazi is rated amongst the top romance writers in India."
- , Social Samosa, August 27, 2013. Quote: "Lektz got 2264 mentions for the book Truly Madly Deeply."
- "Lime Light: Bookmark", The Telegraph (Calcutta), December 30, 2012
- "‘Can’t call it a masala entertainer’", The New Indian Express, 6 June 2011
- "‘Fear Factor’", The Assam Tribune, 6 September 2014
- "The Lovey-Dovey Boys", OPEN magazine. 21 April 2012.
- "Erasing Memories and Saying Goodbye", Bonobology magazine. 2 June 2016.