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When Dimple Met Rishi

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
on May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Pages: 380

Reaction Upon Reading: Everyone needs to read this book!

“This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.” 


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.

“But that was Rishi… he was like a pop song you thought you couldn’t stand, but found yourself humming in the shower anyway.” 

Overall Thoughts:

This book is humorous, light-hearted and completely raw and real. Basically, it hits you in all of the feels. ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ quickly made its way on to my ‘Top Reads of 2017’ list! It would make the most amazing rom-com and is something I would love to see. I just hope they nail the casting and keep the authenticity of the book intact.

I am obsessed with the characters, the fact that the story is centered around a female characters love of coding and that it lets you into the world of Indian culture and norms. We explore the notion of arranged marriage, Indian families, and their expectations all still while trying to follow your dreams.

I am really glad I read this book before the hype becoming overwhelming.

Dimple is the character I connected the most with. She is a teen web developer who has been trying to convince her parents to let her go to Insomnia Con; a week-long web development camp and competition for aspiring coders. Getting to Insomnia Con isn’t easy as Dimple comes from a traditional Indian family who is more focused on her getting a husband than a career.

Dimple is shocked when her family allows her to attend to Insomnia Con, but she is even more shocked when she meets the boy that her family has arranged for her to marry unbeknownst to her. It isn’t all love at first sight but the love that develops is real, raw and surprisingly beautiful.

Dimple quickly calls out her mother against her ‘unrealistic’ views on marriage and the kind of woman Dimple is supposed to present herself to be. She is someone is happy just being herself and doesn’t feel a need to fit the mold her mother has set or societies. She is content with no-makeup and messy hair.

Rishi, on the other hand, is a total goofball. He respects his Indian culture and does everything he can to please his parents and preserve his heritage. Rishi is someone who puts everyone before himself and works hard for those he cares about. He quickly takes a liking to Dimple regardless of her attitude and contempt she has for him.

I always appreciate a story that opens a door for me. This did just that, it opened a door to Indian culture and customs I previously knew very little about. There are many phrases and words in Hindi, they speak about different types of Indian fashion, and the book delves into family customs. One takeaway is I now really want to watch a Bollywood film.

Overall I think this book is fantastic. A rich blend of humor, love and cultural norms being tested.

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About Kassey

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

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