Almost Single- Advaita Kala
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…’
Aisha Bhatia is not getting any younger, and all her and her friends want is a guy. While working as a Guest Relations Manager in a upscale hotel, she bumps into a gorgeous guy, and quickly falls for him. Is he out of her league? Does he like her? Along with her best girl friends, and her fun loving gay friends who are a couple hilarity ensues.
Dubbed as the Bridget Jones of India I had to read Almost Single. I love Bridget Jones! To start off with the good, this book was funny. I laughed quite a bit. Sometimes it felt the funniness in Almost Single seemed forced, but still I did laugh quite a bit. Example, the story starts with Aisha and her gal pals toilet papering a car. There was also a interesting part when the girls participate in a Indian tradition that was a total plus.
Now for what I didn't like about Almost Single. First, the setting could have taken a bigger part of this book. I would have loved to be able to picture India, but the setting description was lacking, seriously. The author barely skimmed the surface with the characters. They were caricatures, there was no insight to them.
Very funny, but predictable. Almost Single could have been way better.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam Discovery (February 24, 2009)