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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It includes themes of female experiences — love, longing, courtship, marriage, work, wardrobe woes, calorie calamities, bitchy bosses, and fashion. As it goes by, though, we come to see that the protagonist is one as well.

There’s some wit in here. Do you defy what your culture expects of you in any ways? She sees him in his birthday suit.

advait Jun 14, Ellie rated it really liked it. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I imagine it was a good read in the original language, but it was a waste of my time.

Sep 08, Lavanya Nair rated it liked it. One can almost she her struggling with the shackles of being an Indian girl as she tries to assert her independence.

I felt the book dragged its feet so to speak from the time Gucci Mamma appears on the scene. Then it, kind of, became predictable and boring.

The idea for Almost Single germinated as a result of some of the experiences that surrounded me. I chanced upon this book while waiting for a couple of friends, who were operating on the Indian Standard Time, to make almoxt grand entry. Bridget Jones is a good story, but Almost Kal is better in a lot of ways. Aisha Bathia is an independent year-old single woman living in New Delhi working as a guest relations signle at the five-star Grand Orchid Hotel. There is absolutely nothing that a person can learn from this book.


She tries everything from tantrums to emotional atyachaarmatrimony sites to consulting babas. Agreed, the language is simple and easy and almlst standard, it does nothing more to engage the reader.

The dialogues were weak,the characterisation look too uplifted from the popular women drama shows there are a gay couple Ric and Nic really.

Book Review of “Almost Single” By Advaita Kala | soniareviews

The plot and people became way too superficial towards the end, making the climax a bit abrupt and chaotic. You may sure pick this one only to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon or kill in-flight time. Discover what to read next.

Overall, don’t spend your money but if you get a chance, why not pick it up. I am an avid reader and have a particular liking for the suspense genre, right from my Nancy Drew days to Agatha Christies, and the present conspiracy theorist books.

Almost Single

The genre consists of books written of women, by women and for women. It is true for most of the parallel stories in the book. 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.

Do you think that this sentiment might be different for men? There always is a fine line between modernism and traditional values that is well portrayed by Advaita. Notify me of new comments via email.

Feb 24, Pages Buy. And if you play a drinking game where you take a shot every time Ric says “darling”, you might get just tipsy enough to enjoy the book. 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 independent world of cosmopolitan life almosg and their orthodox society. There cant be any spoilers cuz the plot is very predictable.


Dec 13, Pooja Banga rated it liked it. Do not expect it to enrich your empty hours. Feb 24, Pages. While the romance scenes are not very tense or romantic, Kala hits a bull’s-eye with the situations Bathia and her cohorts finds themselves in.

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.

Book Review | Almost Single by Advaita Kala

What a worthless piece of crap this book advait. Please try again later. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Dec 21, Aanchal rated it it was ok. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I loved the narration, very hilarious but very true. All in all, a desi version of Sex and the city, except the city isn’t New York but New Delhi, and the lustful, fun filled escapades of three dilli chicks makes ‘Almost Single’ a fun read.

Do you think that U. See all 3 questions about Almost Single…. Most of the parts are very predictable and we have seen and read ziliion times. Definitely a light read but don’t expect too much in terms of story line.