Books by Zaid

Book cover for An Incomplete Love Story, a novel by Zaid Ismail

An Incomplete Love Story

An Incomplete Love Story is a tale, seldom told, of a man struggling to find his humanness in a community where he doesn’t belong.

Zayd is a fourth-generation Muslim Indian, growing up in apartheid South Africa, who fatefully discovers why life matters.

A childhood premonition of hopelessness, a father with an unexplainable rage, and a community steeped in double-standards all make for a perfectly dysfunctional adulthood.

Despite his roots, and his struggle for an identity, Zayd navigates his way through a deeply traditional and culturally aloof community.

The prejudices borne out of the caste system, his racial profile, his social standing, and the sectarianism within his community all make inclusion seem impossible.

Yet, it’s not enough to dull his spirit.

Will the emotional isolation of his childhood set him on a collision course with destiny, or will his anomalous nature finally rid him of the inheritance of an emotionally unavailable father, so that he may find peace before it’s too late?


At times I wanted to embrace him and at other times punch him in the gut. Written boldly, eloquently and with a touch of humour.

Jules (Reader)


Book cover of Own Your Life, a book by Zaid Ismail

Own Your Life

“Just be happy.”
“It could be worse.”
“Don’t take life so seriously.”

Are you tired of hearing this?

No one wakes up in the morning choosing to be unhappy. If happiness was a choice, no one would be sad.

Understanding why we find it difficult to connect with joy or hope, will allow us to become aware of how we may be working against achieving the very life that we want for ourselves, or for those around us.

Before you go trying to forgive and forget, or convincing yourself that it’s just chemical imbalances or genetic inheritance that leaves you feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, reconnect with the humanness that resides within you.

You reconnect with your humanness when you see yourself through your own eyes, rather than through the eyes of society.


“When standing at the edge of the crossroads, this book will help you take the next step and save you from stepping onto a roller-coaster.”

Fatima Zahra (Reader)


Book cover of The Egosystem, a book by Zaid Ismail discussing the heart of the human experience

The Egosystem

“The flower fluttered in the wind and blossomed
radiantly as if the whole world was admiring it. At that point I realised that it was beautiful even if I was not there to admire its beauty, and for a brief moment I felt a deep yearning for people to be like that flower.”

Paying attention to detail around you is the easy part.

Understanding why you take what you do from that detail is the not-so-easy part.

That’s emotional mindfulness, and that’s what the author delivers on in this powerful read.

The Egosystem is a hard-hitting take on introspection and self-awareness.

It leads you on a journey to achieve a level of mindfulness where it matters most.

Your emotions.


“Superbly insightful and thoughtfully put together.”

Jules (Reader)


Book cover for 21 Days to Live. An ebook by Zaid Ismail including a simple, but fun 21 day challenge to improve your mental health.

21 Days to Live

Does it feel like life is too much to handle?

Do you miss the days when it was simple?

Life has a way of getting insanely complicated when we’re not looking.

Forget about chemical balances, laws of attraction, and whispering to the universe.

It’s time to reconnect with you.

In this easy-to-follow 21 day guide that includes insights and challenges that reconnect you with the simple pleasures in life, discover what it means to live again…but without over-thinking things.

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