Book Review: Almost Single by Advaita Kala


After the repetitive college romances by Indian writers, who’re determined on taking lessons from Chetan Bhagat’s books, Advaita Kala’s Almost Single was a wonderful surprise. I was searching for books by contemporary Indian writers when I found that there is parcel of new women writers coming up for the most part composing their first or second book.

Plot : Aisha Bhatia is the Carrie Bradshaw of New Delhi, India. At twenty-nine, she and her single girlfriends are for all intents and purposes spinsters. She works as the guest relations chief in a beautiful, five star hotel, despite the fact that she detests her occupation.

From her manager, who avoids work for trysts in the face of his better half’s good faith, to demanding guests, her life isn’t what she thought it would be. It doesn’t help that her mom is on her case, continually advising her that all her “odd one out” relatives are getting ready for marriage, while Aisha hasn’t had a single proposal.

Be that as it may, a good looking, smooth Karan Verma walks into Aisha’s life, and everything changes. Karan is a NRI (Non-Resident Indian) from New York. Unmarried, odds are he is searching for a simple Indian lady of the hour to take back to the United States of America alongside his business trip. As Aisha becomes more acquainted with Karan, she starts to question what she truly needs out of life and what her future way ought to be.

The opposite side of twenty is somewhat more wrinkled, somewhat more independent, somewhat more responsible and somewhat more mischievous. What’s more, the opposite side of twenty is certainly a lot more adventurous!

Particularly when you are one of only a handful few single ladies, quick drawing nearer thirty. Each friend/relative does not fail to point out the coming years and every relative has at least one love proposal for you.

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As your wind your way through the labyrinth of complexities made by a prejudiced Indian culture including wedded housewives, you make revelations of your own.

Verdict: The plot is straightforward. Girl meets guy though under very complicated circumstances. They meet each other once more… and once more… furthermore; again and inevitably experience passionate feelings for! Nothing exceptional about the plot.

Be that as it may, what make the read fascinating are the modest bits, which the writer has elegantly added to expand the story out.

There is even a bothering stressed mother, who does not appear to understand why her girl cannot be joyfully, hitched like her other cousins, something you can identify with from your ordinary life.

The chick-lit business sector for Indian women is gradually developing, however this is one of the first I’ve read that is really set in India, where the fundamental characters live in India instead of simply visiting home. This makes a radical new market for this book, and it’s a shrewd decision. It depicts India as hip and urban; it’s anything but difficult to overlook that the novel is set in an Indian city and not in New York City.

There are clubs and bar hook-ups; however these young ladies appear to be somewhat less wanton than their British and American partners, it is clear they are carrying on with the high life in India. They adore their costly shoes and garments; however Aisha is compelled to wear a sari to work each day.

Almost single is a book that is particularly at first glance. While Aisha questions what she needs out of life, the book is more about the funniness of regular life than any profound thoughts. It’s a light; fun read that women of any age and background can appreciate. I personally liked the book and would 10/10 recommend.

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