Zama's comic debut concerns the romantic complications generated by the titular bureau. Though living in beautiful coastal India, Mr Ali is bored in retirement. With the encouragement of his wife, he sets up a dating agency, and appoints an assistant, Aruna.
Her secret love life lies at the heart of the story, and Mr Ali finds himself unable to offer his usual sage advice. A writer of charming and breezy prose, Zama pays homage to Jane Austen in a contemporary love story firmly grounded in classic wrangles over family, property and class.