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 leads you to think that the story is of an about-to-be-divorced woman whereas the story is of an almost-left-single-girl — a 29 year old who is desperately looking for a partner. I’d absolutely check out more Chick-lit like this! Written by Kiran Jhamb.

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Chick with substance-that’s how I like it. Do you defy what your culture expects of you in any ways?

It’s a satire about the pressures on women to make themselves presentable and get married as early as possible, to as rich a man as possible. Bridget Jones has her diary, Carrie Bradshaw has her newspaper column, but what does Aisha Bhatia have?

I need to disconnect and feel that urge within me to start writing again, some sort of trigger. But Bathia has her eye on only one man, Karan Verma, the handsome investment banker from New York, even though as things move along she begins to question exactly what she is looking for.

Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. In this amusing though flawed novel, Kala introduces the Bridget Jones of India.

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Hunting is no more a male prerogative. And the girl-meets-boy will never go out of demand. Jan 23, Readingmakesmecalm rated it liked it. Not much of a story line in this book and the sungle ended as if the writer ran out of pages.

There are zlmost many quips per page that even though only around a Almost Single is the story of a 29 year old single woman in Delhi looking for a husband.


I get into phases and then read books specific to that style or genre. Humor is a strong point in chick lit. There were several cultural references, which were not given supporting details to help a Non-native to India understand. She sees him in his birthday suit.

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In what ways does she follow what her culture expects of her, and in what ways does she defy it? I adore Indian novelists, I really do, and the blurb of this one made me feel it would be a fun, engaging chick lit. As it goes by, though, we come to see that the protagonist is one as well. In what ways does it differ? Do you think that this sentiment might be different for men?

We’re not here to grow and almots the secret depths in people with Aisha, we’re here to make fun of the world with her. Trivia About Almost Single. Any comparison to Bridget Jones is a terrible insult to that book’s author. Except here, once the prejudice part is done, the book advalta forgets to overturn that prejudice. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A few more details would have been good.

Look at this book a little differently.

Do you think that Aisha grows throughout the novel? I loved her writing though. Be a good Samaritan: Feb 05, Komal Mehta rated it really liked it Shelves: Most of them claimed it to be an accurate commentary on urban, single, working Indian ladies yb using phrases such as – “you will advaiita 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” Sex, booze, boyfriends, virginity, arranged marriage, interfering parents — urban Indian women can byy to all these.

The second one, Misha, oh I can so totally relate to her, coz she too is vertically challenged like me and suffers from the ‘high-heels-complete-the-look’ syndrome. The novel offers the idea that a better body, a better wardrobe, a better job, a better man are not yet out of reach. He sees her gift wrapping a car in toilet paper. Refresh and try again. May 11, M rated it liked it.


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The idea for Almost Single germinated as a result of some of the experiences that surrounded me. They try all the tricks of the trade to hunt for their prey, starting from ny shopping for spouse on desivivah. The only reason why I finished reading this advzita was because I had started reading it. But there is no freshness in the dialogues and neither in the story line. Like the story between Aisha and her ever present yet elusive ex is very hazy. Very possible situations, relatable characters and real reactions to situations – everything we or a friend may have experienced or heard of – in a delightful package.

Dec 29, Nikhilesh rated it did not like it. 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. Advalta dialogues were weak,the characterisation look too uplifted from the popular women drama shows there are a gay couple Ric and Nic sngle. Maybe it’s my Western perspective and the confrontation with a foreign culture. The rapid way in which the concepts of love and courtship are evolving and continue to do so.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. There were several cultural references, which were not given supporting details to help a No Originally published in India, much of the book was lost in translation or more accurately, not translated at almoat.