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. 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. Is Indian chick-lit there yet? Kiran says no, as she reviews the desi version of Bridget Jones’ Diary – Almost Single by Advaita Kala. Read on.
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The genre consists of books written of women, by women and for women. It includes themes of female experiences — love, longing, courtship, marriage, work, wardrobe woes, calorie calamities, bitchy bosses, and fashion.
The tone is catty, chatty and the story is told in a more confiding, personal tone. Humor is a strong point in chick lit. Chick lit does not deal with culturally suppressed women.
It is nearer to reality, far away from the likes of Mills and Boon. Their third friend Anushka is a product of 21 st century. It leads you to think that the story is of an about-to-be-divorced woman whereas the story is of an almost-left-single-girl — a 29 year old who is desperately looking for a partner.
I want a wedding, but am I ready for marriage?
Aisha is Bridget Jones in a sari. At 29 qlmost is not supposed to be unmarried. Because of the rapid way in which the concepts of love and courtship are evolvingthe urban woman is facing a fight within herself — between the old values and new ways.
Hunting is no more a male prerogative. Thus she waits for that perfect man …. Sex, booze, boyfriends, virginity, arranged marriage, interfering parents — urban Indian women can relate to all these.
They are perceived as a group of hungry piranhas waiting to sink their teeth into any man. The liberated ones who use their married as well as maiden surname with a hyphen sound to Aisha like a firm of chartered accountants. Amour becomes a career, a vocation. So they are caught between competing demands to be strong and independent while retaining their feminity.
Book Review | Almost Single by Advaita Kala
The novel offers the idea that a better body, a better wardrobe, a better job, a better man are not yet out of reach. Urban Indian women can relate to aevaita dream. Aishas may be living in metros but they must be in minority. So she has brought western hangovers. She portrays New Delhi as being as hip and urban as New York.
Despite these gems, towards the end the plot and the people become too superficial. The novel is for a niche audience — apmost urbane urban ones who constitute the Multiplex audience. And the girl-meets-boy will never go out of demand.
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