In this amusing though flawed novel, Kala introduces the Bridget Jones of India. Aisha Bathia is an independent year-old single woman living in New Delhi. She’s got a coterie of friends – one single woman, one ‘getting a divorce’ woman and a Gay couple, a mother who nags Aisha about her. Is Indian chick-lit there yet? Kiran says no, as she reviews the desi version of Bridget Jones’ Diary – Almost Single by Advaita Kala. Read on.

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Almost Single by Advaita Kala

almoet The love story isnt captivating. Jun 29, Sarthak is currently reading it. I also read lots of biographies, I am a bit of a history enthusiast. Humor was lame and the story quite predictable.

Book Review of Almost Single by Advaita Kala

Initially when I picked the book, I thought it would be something like “The Single Woman” by Mandy Hale, where the single woman rediscovers herself. I am a hotelier by profession and have worked and studied in India and advaitx. On one hand she is a smoker and drinks too much while having already said bye bye to her sacred virginity, on the other hand she still believes in hosting havansastrology, consults babajee before taking every important decision in her life and keeps the Karva chauth fast to find her perfect man.

I really dont know what was i thinking.

Her mum, cousin and aunty and friends give the r The Indian Bridget Jones, only wittier and funnier! Also, there’s the fact that the book is fast paced.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Email required Address never made public. In a city where old is meeting new, daughters are surprising mothers, and love is breaking all the rules, this heartfelt and wickedly funny cross-cultural debut novel introduces a smart, irreverent young woman searching for independence and matrimony in a culture bound by tradition.


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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: As an Indian woman, Aisha lives in a culture steeped in tradition. I’d absolutely check out more Chick-lit like this!

Almost Single Reader’s Guide

If you liked this review, please share it with others. I have great friends and family, and their support has been tremendous. In what ways does she follow what her culture expects of her, and in what ways does she defy it?

In the early chapters, I didn’t feel this to be a novel in an Indian setting, I felt the characters, basically everything, is too westernized. Wearing modern clothes, smoking and drinking are not signs of modernity. A ten on ten in the humour department but not quite satisfied with the content. sinble

Urban Indian women can relate to this dream. The author seems to treat feelings and dilemmas with so little weight, they lose all impact. It is nearer to reality, far away from the likes of Mills and Boon. Except here, once the prejudice part is done, the book often forgets to overturn that prejudice.

But if you’re looking for a look at the Indian culture’s treatment of marriage, even Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States would be a better pick. Except, skngle the thing: Jun 29, Elysal rated it did not like it. What inspired you to write Almost Single and advaitw did you decide to really sit yourself down and start on it?

One of them is getting divorced, and the other two are desperately looking for a good matrimonial catch [before they hit the expiry date from the marriage market ;- ]. In what ways does it differ? From the Trade Paperback edition. I had a tough time trying to keep my eyes open on this one. There is Misha who escaped from a small town and her parents to enjoy the independent life in Delhi and whose sole aim in life is asvaita snag the perfect NRI for herself.


You have the Mrs Bennet kind of mother who treats her daughter’s marital status as her single biggest failure, pun intended. Hunting is no more a male prerogative. I’d really recommend to read it, especially as a light summer read. It is a fight within her, in between the modern and the traditional. Aug 18, payal deb rated it it was amazing.

The genre consists of books written of women, by women and for women. We are experiencing almmost difficulties. The whole booked is loaded with cliche’s. The liberated ones who use their married as well as maiden surname with a hyphen sound to Aisha like a firm of chartered accountants.

I kid around sometimes saying that I have the strongest sales force because I have friends all over the country and they are totally tracking the book. The characters clearly have no peace in life and hence after reading all that I lost my peace. View Full Version of PW. Almost Single is the story of a 29 year old single woman in Delhi looking for a husband.

Please try again later. The characters needed far more development if I was supposed to care. A lot of friends getting married, divorced, having kids, and in all the whirlwind, some of us are single. All the more difficult to choose one from umpteen ectypes.

Not bad for time pass reading Now coming to the last bit, why i addvaita a morale booster, ‘initially’, in the first place.