Title: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My Ratings: 5 Stars
Source: Pansing Malaysia
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.
Reading this book felt like watching my favorite Bollywood movie coming in a form of book which is my favorite way of deriving a story! I have so many good things to say about this book but first, let me apologize for my severe tardiness of late. I have been preoccupied with my flower delivery business and last month I was rather swamped with work every day and night. But, I am back now, and enjoying my reading as I used to.
Okay. THIS BOOK. It was the cutest Bollywood-esque book I have ever came across.
There were severe ‘sanskari’ elements which haunts all modern Indian girls these days. I was very attracted towards Dimple’s tiny family. It was an incredible dynamic family, where we have Dimple’s Ma who practically hovers around her and irritates Dimple every second of the day,
and there is Dimple’s Papaji – dream Papa for all girls in the world. Kudos to Sandhya-ji for creating a strong female protagonist such as Dimple. It is not easy to break free from family & cultural obligation, especially for a girl who has dreams larger than world. I was also rather intrigued at Dimple’s career choice. Amazing job, Sandhya-Ji!!
Rishi was also a pleasant surprise. He is sweet and non-taunting and almost too perfect to be true. Good thing he is fictional or girls would walk around looking for a man like Rishi, and will be disappointed to the core. Heh.
He is practical and that is why he has already plan to follow his dad’s footstep, to be an engineer. He has this strong sense of duty towards his family, to uphold the tradition and whatnots, especially when his younger bro Arjun is not sharing the same sentiments as him. But, Rishi’s real passion lies with comic sketching, but comic drawing isn’t profitable, it’s unlikely that he will be a somebody by drawing comics, RIGHT?
Arranged marriage is very common in Indian family even to date. My parents had an arranged marriage and frankly, I wouldn’t have minded one. Oops. However, we are aware that this concept is strange and sometimes frown upon. It just seem ridiculous to some people. How are we supposed to spend the rest of our life with someone we barely know?
This was the dilemma faced by Dimple.
Heck, she does not want to settle so soon. she aspires to be successful in the coding world, she definitely is not made to be a domestic goddess! In this book, we follow how Dimple & Rishi come to accept each other’s passion and will they ever fall in love? That’s up to you to find out!
When Dimple Met Rishi is an easy page turner, and a definite delight to those who would appreciate a Bollywood drama in their life! Love this cute, summer-y read, I hope you will too!
Thank you Pansing Malaysia for this review copy! I loved loved loved it!