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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I personally feel that the author must have got bored writing it so probably, wrapped up the book rather fast and by taking the most logical path to ending the book. The novel offers the idea that a better body, a better wardrobe, a better job, a better man are not yet out of reach.
You hy commenting using your WordPress. I was so right. Read it Forward Read it first. There is absolutely nothing that a person can learn from this book. The love story isnt captivating.
Almost Single by Advaita Kala
Apparently, gay men drool over every hot guy they come across. Relatable for any young indian girl.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I bought this book while waiting at the airport and wanted something that is not too jala. Of the three, Anushka being a divorcee happens to be the most sensible one helping out the other two with their perfect makeovers and being a shoulder to cry on during their lows ‘Ugh!
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Almost Single Reader’s Guide
Look at this book a little differently. In short, it is almost there but not quite. When something bad happens to a character, they express their feelings about it, decide what to do next, and then get over it in less time than it takes other novels to describe the room a character walks into.
It is the story of a 29 year old, independent, career-oriented, fun-loving, alcohol-guzzling, Sunday-brunch-addict kxla forever-on-a-diet shopaholic named Aisha Bhatia.
How much of your work has been inspired by your own life and experiences? I would still recommend that almot read this book because the book is a representation of the thinking patterns of today’s youth, their ideologoies. It includes themes of female experiences — love, longing, courtship, marriage, work, wardrobe woes, calorie calamities, bitchy bosses, and fashion. The protagonist, Aisha Bhatia is 29, single that’s a capital crime over here in South Asia belongs to a new breed of women who are trying to draw balance between their 5-star 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.
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Discover what to read next. Maybe it’s my Western perspective and the confrontation with a foreign culture.
Sex, booze, boyfriends, virginity, arranged marriage, interfering parents — urban Indian women can relate to all these. About Almost Single 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.
Most of them claimed it to be an accurate commentary on urban, single, working Indian ladies – using phrases such as – “you will know a lot about what women think”, “it gives you an insight into the minds of women, especially those nearing thirties”, “it tells you a lot about relationships” I looked at some online reviews of the book.
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A new publishing phenomenon. I felt the book dragged its feet so to speak I took this book up for reading rather hesitantly. Almost Single by Advaita Kala. I felt it has nothing new to offer. For one, I am not sure how to characterize this book. Her mother is forever calling her and nagging her about the marriage prospects that she keeps declining. Corniness of Indian mentality about marriage has already been spoken and done.
This review first published on Oh Just Books. I read this book through in one sitting – it was the right size and thoroughly engaging. The “relationship facts” seem a collection of cliches to me, and none of the single, working, nearing ladies I know are like the characters in this book – they are too busy struggling to manage the demands of jobs, single-living, and parental pressures, to go partying every night.
Urban Indian women can relate to this dream. Reading this book reminded me quite a bit of Pride and Prejudice not coincidentally, other GR reviewers found it reminiscent of Bridget Jones’s Diary.