Author Advaita Kala
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Publication Year 2007
Number of Pages 284 Pages
About the Author: Advaita Kala believes that the idea of Almost Single came about when she observed that the concept of love and dating had changed considerably. After the novel, Advaita Kala has written scripts for mainstream Bollywood movies. An hotelier by profession, Advaita quit her job as a hotel executive to pen the sequel to Almost Single. Advaita has lived in six cities before choosing to stay in Delhi for over two years. However, she still travels extensively.
Blurb: My name is Aisha Bhatia; I am twenty-nine years old and single. I work as a Guest Relations Manager at the Grand Orchid Hotel. I dine at luxury hotels and stay in five-stars during my travels; I can name old and new world wines with great élan, and can tell my cheeses apart. I tolerate my job, hate my boss, and bond big-time with my friends, while routinely suffering from umbilical cord whiplash. I don’t really care for my vital stats at the moment, and I don’t have a cute/funny nickname either. Hence this introduction: it stinks, but it sticks. In fact, sometimes I think there should be support groups like the AA out there for people like me. Wickedly irreverent and laugh-aloud funny, Almost Single is a delightful romp through the five-star world of champagne brunches, gay soirées, and the dilemmas of hip, young girls on the lookout for love and matrimony.
Review: Another disappoint read. I just went by the title and cover. The over use of slang language made it irritating for me. Too boring narration. I felt I was reading typical bollywood masala stuff. I could not read it till last because I felt I was wasting my time. the protagonist Aisha’s character is a smoker and drinks too much and it not a virgin, and on the other hand she believes in havans, astrology, consults baba before taking every important decision in her life and keeps the Karva chauth fast to find her perfect man. It exactly defines the situation women today are in. They want everything and question everything, to which I don’t relate.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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