Book: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Review: Spoiler Free
Synopsis: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him – wherein he’ll have to woo her – he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
I really enjoyed this book. It was different from what I was expecting, but I was very happy with this story. It is about two kids, Rishi and Dimple who are going to be arranged into marriage later on. They both have to fight to find their own way in this relationship. There are very few books featuring the Indian culture and from what I know about Indian Culture is represented it very well.
Characters: Dimple and Rishi were both very inspiring characters. Dimple was empowering and inspired doing something for yourself rather than living in the ways of tradition. She didn’t take crap from her parents or anyone about being who she was. Her style was unique and refreshing. I loved how she still respected her parents’ wishes she just wasn’t going to openly obliged to something she doesn’t want.
Rishi was always looking for a way to please his parents and tradition seemed to be the way. Although he wanted an arrange marriage he respected Dimple and her decisions about anything and that made me love him all the more. Rishi doesn’t represent a typical masculine and swoon worthy boyfriend which was nice. He was about art and comics. I loved his unique personality.
Plot: I believe the reason I dropped a star was for the plot. Although I did love how it wasn’t insta-love with our two main characters, I felt that the general goal they were striving for in the beginning got lost. Dimple came to this web designer camp for herself and to do what she wanted to do. That was a factor I loved and is just got lost along the way. Somehow we got more in detail about the dance contest than the ultimate contest. Even more so because the ending was so rushed. I did love Dimple and Rishi together and their small moments.
Writing Style: Menon’s writing style didn’t stick out to me as being super high in vocabulary or overly descriptive. It was just basic and straight to the point. It made the book not very challenging to read.
Overall When Dimple Met Rishi was a very cute contemporary. If you are looking for a diverse and cute summer read I recommend it. What were your thoughts and opinions on it?