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. 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. : Almost Single eBook: Advaita Kala: Kindle Store.

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Stay in Touch Sign up. Apr 24, Nicole rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. There is a message for all the younger generation out there. May 26, Utkarsh Bansal rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Or does she even want to be rescued?

Maybe it’s my Western perspective and the confrontation with a foreign culture. I would still recommend that you read this book because the book is a representation of the thinking patterns of today’s youth, their ideologoies.

I have always written but it has been a very private endeavour, mostly an attempt to make sense of the world around me.

There were several cultural references, which were not given supporting details to help advaih Non-native to India understand. 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. Somewhere a clock is ticking, though as far as Aisha is concerned, it can be cheerfully drowned out by laughter over a champagne brunch.


Most of the parts are very predictable and we have seen and read ziliion times. I love reading about different cultures and part of the experience and appeal almosr reading a book taking place in India is learning about India.

Be a good Samaritan: This ended up being just another chic-lit with nothing great in the offering. Almost Single – a common state of flux for many Indian twenty-somethings.

Sometimes, Life is like a book. 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.

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. Towards the end of the book, Aisha says: You may sure pick this one only to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon or kill in-flight time.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is a fight within her, in between the modern and the traditional. I have a kid sister who is a lawyer from the London School of Economics; I live at home with my parents and a St Bernard.

But about half a way, it gave exactly what I was expecting and more and I’m so glad I didn’t put it away. Feb 24, Pages Buy. 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.


The best parts are the emotional and societal events in a 29 year old single, surviving alone, pressured with a high profile, higher expectant job title, with a few traces of thoughts asking her to quit her job, yet carrying on with it. Know your limits and know what you want in life.

Almost Single by Advaita Kala

Jan 08, Namitha Varma rated it it was ok Shelves: Mar 13, Shalini M rated it liked it Shelves: I’m really struggling to pick it back up again. Jan 28, Kannan Ranganathan rated it it was ok.

Read it Forward Read it first. I adore Indian novelists, I really do, and the blurb of this one made me feel it would be a fun, engaging chick lit. In short, it is almost there but not quite. We hope they will enrich your experience kalz this delightfully funny look at finding love.

Enjoyed the kla half of the book very much. As an Indian woman, Aisha lives in a culture steeped in tradition. The chemistry between Aisha and Karan is practically non-existent.