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 chanced upon this book while waiting for a couple of friends, who were operating on the Indian Standard Time, to make their grand entry. I made the fatal error of judging the book by its cover. Sometimes, Life is like a book.
You can get so desperate to reach the end of the story that you conveniently skip a couple of chapters. This is my favourite line in the book and one of the few sensible ones which stuns you by its perceptive simplicity in an otherwise complete masala book.
It reminded me not to judge a book by its cover. A book should be judged only after reading it thoroughly and that is precisely what I did after dispelling my pre-conceived notions.
It is the story of a 29 year old, independent, career-oriented, fun-loving, alcohol-guzzling, Sunday-brunch-addict and forever-on-a-diet shopaholic named Aisha Bhatia. This is the whole crux of the book. 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 to snag the perfect NRI for herself.
She is on the wrong side of 25 as well and unhappily single. Then there is the quintessential gay couple — Nic and Ric who provide quick fix solutions to hangovers, beauty tips, are in contention with Aisha and Misha for snagging eligible bachelors and always provide a shoulder to cry on. Davaita tries everything from tantrums to emotional atyachaarmatrimony sites to consulting babas.
Almost Single by Advaita Kala
He cheats on his wife at work and cheats on his work by juggling ,ala wife and a mistress. Aisha hates her job, hates her boss, hates exercising, hates draping sarees, loves her friends, loves gossiping, loves to drink and eat and when she is not doing that, she is looking for true love.
In true Bollywood style.
He sees her gift wrapping a car in toilet paper. She sees him in his birthday suit.
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It is true for most of the parallel stories in the book. Like the story between Aisha and her ever present yet elusive ex is very hazy. There are several instances in the book which make you crack up with laughter because you can actually imagine yourself in that situation and can understand why the characters react in a certain manner.
One can almost she her struggling with the shackles of being an Indian girl as she tries to assert her independence.
Book Review | Almost Single by Advaita Kala
It is a fight within her, in between the modern and the traditional. 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. The inner struggle is apparent and is something the generation today can totally relate to.
It exactly defines the situation women today are in. They want sinle and question everything. In short, it is almost there but not quite. Also, I am still confused about the title. Intern with us Follow TheViewspaper.