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Our recent discussions about multiculturalism here at Dear Author reminded me to pluck your book out of a stack sent to me by Jane — our distributor of all advanced and finished copies. The pull quote from Independent clued me in as to what to expect — namely Bridget Jones in a sari.
But I think saries are lovely and India is a country which has always interested me. Aisha Bhatia has the standard chick lit accouterments — a slightly boring job with a boss who makes her life difficult just because he can. She and her friends go out to meet and mingle in the Delhi night spots. She meets a cute guy under embarrassing circumstances. Gossips about him with her friends. Manages a few more prat filled encounters with him all the while starting to fall for him.
Then, when she thinks all is lost, manages to hook her man. Not all the words or conversations are immediately translated into English. The characters are presented from an Indian-centric POV and, like my initial forays into British chick lit, I enjoyed the window into a different mind set than the standard American books. You have an easy to read writing style and I breezed through the novel in one afternoon.
It is what it is and you deliver on that. But I guess my search for any evolution in the chick lit genre will continue. This book can be purchased at Amazon or in ebook format from Sony or other etailers. This book was provided to the reviewer by either the author or publisher. The reviewer did not pay for this book but received it free. We do not earn an affiliate fee from Sony through the book link.
Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 20 years ago. Thanks for the review Jayne. I just spent a solid minute staring at the cover trying to figure out if the model is wearing the sari incorrectly.
I have to say dismissing the character as an Indian knockoff of an already established British character is kind of demeaning! It is, but from the review it also sounds like this is another Pride and Prejudice update like Bridget Jones was. Maybe a comparison to Bride and Prejudice might be more appropriate? Mala :Apologies for misspelling Delhi. Sorry, sorry. As I said, the story covers all the bases of this already established genre. I liked this book a lot more than Jayne did, but yeah, it is pretty standard-chick-lit fluff with a cast of upper-middle-class characters who are obsessed with clothes and boys and hanging out in bars with their friends.
Thanks for the reply, Jayne, and for the clarification on this just being a lather-rinse-repeat of Chick Lit tropes except with an Indian setting! Although I suspect that was the sheer novelty of seeing what my life might have been like had I stayed in India. A giddy stream of consciousness rather hilarious and ultimately quite sweet novel about a twenty-five year old girl finding herself in the search for a meaningful relationship.
I especially loved the blend of Hindi and English in the narrative cos it made the humour pop right off the page … I could totally hear it. Another interesting India-set chick lit I read in the past year was Lucky Every Day by Bapsy Jain, which pushes the genre envelope a bit more the heroine comes to the US and teaches yoga at a prison.
I think what Penguin is doing is reprinting the Penguin India chick-lit books that seem like they have the best chance of succeeding in the US on their US imprints. Which is cool; I wish they would do the same with other genres of fiction. I am Rhonda,44, artist and author of two short stories published in Groundwaters magazine.
My canvas was accepted at the art show over at The Pizza Research Institute and is entitled Waterway in France…I am so glad to find an auithor and script writer like yourself…Thank you for your wonderful book.. Although you are right there was not much of a story, set patterns. But the writing style of the author made it all up for me..!! No similarities really, anyways not ones which make a significant difference. Attitude of the protagonist maybe, nothing else as far as I feel.
I have just recently seen Kahaani…this film where Vidya is pregnant in India. This story is in total chaos and Vidya is seen barfing. Really Vidya is much like Impali and her daughter princess Chanda. Ofcoarse, Chanda is about 2 yrs old and in a lot of Kodak photo adds…please…to Avaita Kala…write more stories about India ,thank you Rhonda.
This all seemed a little too simple.. When can I get some info on new characters for stories…. We do not purchase all the books we review here. Some we receive from the authors, some we receive from the publisher, and some we receive through a third party service like Net Galley. Some books we purchase ourselves. Home Commenting Policy. Like this: Like Loading Jayne Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 20 years ago.
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Book Review | Almost Single by Advaita Kala
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 working as a guest relations manager at the five-star Grand Orchid Hotel. The job seems fabulous, but in reality the hours are bad and so is the pay. And Bathia's life as a modern woman is small compensation: a year-old woman in India is not supposed to be unmarried. With her two best friends, Misha and Anushka recently divorced from her cheating husband , Bathia searches for love, trying everything from online dating to fasting during Karva Chauth, the traditional Hindu festival for married women.
REVIEW: Almost Single by Advaita Kala
Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. 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 a clock is ticking, though as far as Aisha is concerned, it can be cheerfully drowned out by laughter over a champagne brunch. 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. A new publishing phenomenon.