Merry Christmas everyone. Hope we are all enjoying the holidays. It has been a crazy year for me. I started blogging this year and it has been good. Thanks to all my followers and the people currently reading this. You guys are awesome. So this is the review of When Dimple met Rishi written by Sandhya Menon.
Dimple shah knows what she wants and it’s definitely not getting an ideal husband like her mother wants her to. She just wants to go to the summer camp for aspiring web developers and work on her passion. Enter Rishi Patel, when he finds out he will be attending summer camp with his wife to be , he is all for it. But what will happen when Rishi, a hopeless romantic who loves tradition meets dimple, spirited girl who is trying to break free from tradition?
So let’s get on with the review.
“Hello, future wife,” he said, his voice bubbling with glee. “I can’t wait to get started on the rest of our lives!”
This is the first book ive read with Indian main characters. To be honest, when I read about it on Goodreads, first thing that came to my mind was a Bollywood movie (I totally love those by the way). Well there was dancing but it was for a competition so it doesn’t count. I really enjoyed reading this book.
I like how we were given a peek into Indian culture through the food, clothes, Bollywood film references and the Hindi spoken in the book at some points. I really felt like drinking Haldi Doodh (tumeric milk) at some point while reading the book though I had never heard of it before.
Dimple is a smart, spirited woman and she wears glasses too so she gets bonus points.But she is still a teenager so she doesn’t have it all figured out and can be hardheaded at times. She wants to make her parents proud but she also wants to do things her own way. Celia, her roommate who is a very supportive friend though she falls under the effects of bad company and peer pressure which has happened to a lot of us.
Rishi is also a smart, nerdy boy who is a hopeless romantic with a deep love for his culture and drawing comics. As the book progresses, we see him grow and get enough courage to do what he wants. He is my favourite character and the most matured character in the book. It actually felt nice seeing the boy be the hopeless romantic instead of the girl as is the case in most romance novels. The way Dimple and Rishi met was hilarious.
The book captures perfectly some teenage years trouble: peer pressure, making plans for the future, love problems. In the book they are put in an arranged marriage but it not a do or die affair which is actually refreshing. The parents at the end just wanted what they felt was best for their kids. I also like that it was narrated from both Rishi and Dimple’s perspectives.
There wasn’t really any major conflict in the series apart from a little plot twist close to the end. It was actually a little predictable and I felt some parts of the plot weren’t really necessary for example the Ashish and Celia sub-plot.
I didn’t really like the ending so much though, it was cliché. I would have liked to see more of the activities at the summer camp and more in-depth look into the development and programming of their app (cause I’m a nerd). It felt like most of the focus was on Rishi’s passion which was good but it would have been nice to see more about Dimple’s passion for programming.
I actually saw many bad reviews about the book on Goodreads but I’m glad I went ahead to read it. I think that’s what happens when a book is overhyped,. Its happened to me several times so now I just read books without expectations or looking at the amount of hype they have and I’ve stumbled upon so many great books that way. That’s just my opinion though.
The writing was smooth and the way things and emotions were described was really good and its also had some hilarious parts .This books makes you want to fall in love, chase your dreams and be goofy but nothing more. I recommend you read it and let me know what you think. So I’m giving this book 3 stars. If you looking for a fun rom-com novel to make you feel all warm inside, this is your book but if you looking for something a bit more serious or with more action and plot twists , move along.
“I love it”, Dimple breathed, the lenses of her glasses reflecting the lights as she swiveled her head to look at every corner. She walked to a painted horse head and stroked its opalescent mane. “Amazing”
Dimple recognised the song just as he elevator doors slid open on the first floor.
Hum tum, ek kamre mein bandh ho, aur chaaui kho jaaye… It was a popular hindi song about a couple who are shut away in a room when the keys go missing. Dimple slapped rishi on his upper arm as they walked towards the door. “Very funny”
My favourite quote in this book is the one by Jenny Lindt, a web developer dimple looks up to.
“You’re going to see a lot of it. People getting ahead unfairly because of the category into which they were born: male or white or straight or rich. I’m in a few of those categories myself, which is why I make it a point to reach out and help those who aren’t, those who might not necessarily be seen if I didn’t make the effort. We need to shake this field up, you know? We need more people with different points of view and experiences and thought processes so we can keep innovating and moving ahead.”
Title: When Dimple met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Published: May 30th, 2017
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Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Chat time. Have you read the book? If you have what are your thoughts about it? Are you into comics or programming? (let’s be nerdy together). Happy holidays everyone.