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.
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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 she is not supposed to be unmarried. Because of the rapid way in which the concepts of love and courtship are evolving , the 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. 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 this 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 — the urbane urban ones who constitute the Multiplex audience. And the girl-meets-boy will never go out of demand. Be a good Samaritan : If you liked this review, please share it with others.
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REVIEW: Almost Single by Advaita Kala
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.
At twenty-nine, she and her single girlfriends are practically spinsters. She works as the guest relations manager in a beautiful hotel, although she hates her job. As Aisha gets to know Karan, she begins to question what she really wants out of life and what her future path should be. There are clubs and bar hookups; though these girls seem to be a little less promiscuous than their British and American counterparts, it is clear they are living the high life in India. They love their expensive shoes and clothes, though Aisha is forced to wear a sari to work every day. Speaking of saris, that is a beautiful one on the cover, though the model seems to lack experience tying saris!