Friday, January 15, 2010

ALMOST SINGLE by Advaita Kala

Publisher: Bantam discovery
Date issued: February 2009
ISBN: 978-0553386103
Contemporary romance
Trade paperback
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Aisha Bathia works as a guest relation’s manager in a five star hotel in New Dehli. She basically enjoys her work, but at twenty-nine and single, she wonders if marriage really is for her. She has some single friends who all talk about the pros and cons of either staying single or getting married. Her mother always reminds her that marriage is something to be desired and even a shot at finding a partner on the Internet doesn’t bring the desired results. Then Karan Verma checks into the hotel and Aisha finds herself very interested in the handsome businessman. She helps him look for a house, helps him organize an engagement party and becomes his girlfriend, kind of. They developed feelings for each other, but Aisha is still debating whether or not marriage is really her thing.

This story has been acclaimed as ‘chick lit with an Indian twist’ and Aisha as the ‘Bridget Jones of India’. I can heartily agree with these statements and this book was quite enjoyable. Advaita Kala has introduced a heroine who is witty, modern and very likeable. Aisha has to cope with a modern world and Indian traditions. Karan seems like a really likeable fellow too, and through Aisha’s eyes we see that he is handsome and caring. The only flaw in this story is that the romance scenes are not very tense or written in much detail. There could be a tad more sexual tension between the hero and heroine. Still, the story is witty with a ménage of interesting characters and entertaining to read. I even laughed out loud a few times. I am interested to see how this writer, through consequent stories, develops.


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