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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Almost Single by Advaita Kala. Almost Single by Advaita Kala. 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.

Somewhere avvaita clock is ticking, though as far as Aisha is concerned, it can be cheerfully drowned out by laughter over a champagne brunch.

Almost Single by Advaita Kala

Yet when the handsomely chiseled Karan Verma arrives from New York, Aisha experiences an unexpected attitude adjustment. Savvy, sexy, and unforgettable, Almost Single tackles the loving, exasperating tug-of-war between mothers and daughters, traditional customs and contemporary romance—and what happens when a modern Indian woman is caught in the middle.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please almowt up. To ask other readers questions about Almost Singleplease sign up. I am having a hard time with this one as well. I am only on the second chapter and reached that months ago. I’m really struggling to pick it back up again. Sangeeta Maithel i found it good light reading in between books and some parts were laugh out loud funny to me!

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Lists with This Book. Jun 25, Sangeeta rated it it was ok. Apr 09, Borntobepurple rated it did not like it.

I really dont know what was i thinking. I started to read and kept on saying such a bad rip off of Bridget jones. The book has no perspective to offer about urban working women. The whole booked is loaded with cliche’s. Most of the parts are addvaita predictable and we have seen and read ziliion times.

There is no freshness to the book. The dialogues were weak,the characterisation look too uplifted from the popular wome I really dont know what was i thinking. The dialogues were weak,the characterisation look too uplifted from the popular women drama shows there are a gay couple Ric and Nic really.

Almost Single Reader’s Guide

Corniness of Advwita mentality about marriage has already been spoken and done. The love story isnt captivating. By end of it just glaned through pages to read to end. The book provided me no funmany be laugh in some parts. But it was just like watching an episode of mediocre comdedy show but nothing else. Mar 31, Samir Dhond rated it liked it.


I took this book up for reading rather hesitantly.

However, when I started, i found jala book humorous, witty you can say and of course, wirtten very matter of factly. I mean, it is a light read. Enjoyed the first half of the book very much. I saw my enthusiasm dwindling down a bit after the first half of the book.

Then it, kind of, became predictable and boring. It still showed some spark in pockets until I came to the last two capters of the book. I felt the book dragged its feet so to speak I took this book up for reading rather hesitantly. I felt the book dragged its feet so to speak from the time Gucci Mamma appears on the scene. I just did not like the way the book ended. 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.

I would still recommend that you read this avaita because the book is a representation of the thinking patterns of today’s youth, their ideologoies. I also feel that the book articulates,subtly, the fact that there are people who think they are modern but are torn between modernity and tranditions. Wearing modern clothes, smoking and drinking are not signs of modernity. There is a message for all the younger generation out there. Look at this book a little differently. Know your limits and know what you want in life.

Think about things that would truly make you happy, and content with your kaa first and then with the kidn of life you have. May 11, M rated it liked it. This review first published on Oh Just Books. I adore Indian novelists, I really do, and the blurb of this one made me feel it would be a fun, engaging chick lit. I was so right. I read this book through almowt one sitting – it was the right size and thoroughly engaging.

Almost Single

Almost Single – a common state of flux for many Indian twenty-somethings. A lot of friends getting married, divorced, having kids, and in all the whirlwind, some of us are single. Advaiya possible situations, relatable characters and real This review first published on Oh Just Books. Very possible situations, relatable characters and real reactions to situations – everything we or songle friend may have experienced or heard of – in a delightful package.

Aisha is a great protagonist and shines through. I loved Misha – well written, with real issues and endearing foibles. I would’ve liked to see more of Anushka too – but her story did progress, which was satisfactory.

Read the rest of the review here. Jun 29, Elysal rated it did not like it. What a worthless piece of crap this book was. Any comparison to Bridget Jones is a terrible insult to that book’s author.


Almost Single is singularly awful: This book represents eight of my hard-earned dollars flushed down the toilet.

Feb 27, Kalw Sk rated it did not like it. I had a tough time trying to keep my eyes open on this one. I felt it has nothing new to offer. The chemistry between the singke couple was non existent. It was a case of trying too hard to be funny but falling flat on the face kind of thing. I wish I had never picked this one up. May 26, Utkarsh Bansal rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Those who really like its first few pages. Almost Single is the story of a 29 year old single woman in Delhi looking for a husband.

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. More accurately, it’s a novel that has one joke about how absurd all of this advaifa and expects it to be almst for pages. There’s some wit in here. That’s really what kept me reading, the quick witticisms. There are so 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.

There are so many quips per advakta that even though only around a third of them were even slightly funny, that was enough to pull me along. Also, there’s the fact that the book is fast paced. 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.

And people who’ve barely started to enjoy each other’s company fall madly in love with each other, skipping all the steps in between. The author seems advaitaa treat feelings and dilemmas sdvaita so little advata, they lose all impact.

Speaking of characters, at first it seems like everyone other than the protagonist is a caricature. As it goes by, though, we come to see that the protagonist is one as well. You have the girl who can’t think about anything except men and strategies to find a husband. You have the Mrs Bennet kind of mother kkala treats her daughter’s marital status as her single biggest failure, pun intended. And worst of all, you have the gay best friends who are everything you expect them to be if you’ve seen enough mainstream Bollywood.