Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Length: 378 pages
(total of 56 chapters + a ‘one month later’ part)
Meet Dimple- Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech-world domination.
Meet Rishi- He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans . . .
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But sometimes when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
Dimple couldn’t stop smiling. It was like two invisible puppeteers, standing stage left and stage right, were yanking on strings to lift up the corners of her mouth.
Okay, or maybe something less creepy. The point was, the urge to grin felt irresistible.
What made me get it and thoughts on the cover
What— The whole guy seeking a relationship and a girl who’s not even thinking about getting in one intrigues me, so I had to read this.
The cover — The cover is gorgeous, with a sneak peek of Dimple’s face, and the henna, giving you the Indian vibes and the color orange which always looks great in book covers.
What a fun and enjoyable book this is. I couldn’t stop grinning at all of the sweet moments, and getting serious whenever they’d discuss stuff about dreams and marriage that felt very relatable and real.
Both Dimple and Rishi are such strong characters despite being controlled by their parents and traditions. Rishi, respects the rules set in his life and tries to follow them to please his family but he also has his own mind and thoughts, and I LOVED his character so much, I mean he’s the perfect guy to befriend and marry, he’s funny, goofy, chivalrous, easygoing and humble. And Dimple, she defies all of what she’s supposed to be doing as ‘a girl’ and fights to get what she needs. I totally understood her and how being with a guy was the last thing on her mind, she just wanted to focus on what will help her to get the career she wants so even though she gave Rishi such a hard time whenever she felt that he might be in the way of her dreams I totally get her actions. Still, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t feel sad for Rishi who’s hopelessly in love with her.
Over the time they spent working on her project (developing an application. Super cool!) they both influenced each other in a good way and changed for the better. He got the courage to pursue his true passion in art and she slowly got to be convinced that she can love someone without it being an obstacle to all what she’s set to achieve in life.
I liked how the author alternated the perspectives between both Dimple and Rishi, so a part will end from Dimple’s point of view and then we’ll see what Rishi is thinking about at that same moment soon after.
I was reading the name of some characters in the book (like Ashish, Rishi’s brother) in my head in a certain way and not until later in the book was the right pronunciation mentioned so I wish that is was stated earlier to avoid having the first expected pronunciation stuck in my head.
A cute read about accepting love when it feels right and family relationships. Oh, and there’s some Bollywood dances too. 5/5 stars
“Ah , maybe it’s time to take a break anyway,” she said, the annoyance in her eyes dimming. That was something he’d been noticing more — that he was able to soften her, to rub out those hard edges of hers, when he smiled. The thought made him deliriously happy, mostly because he hadn’t thought it possible for Dimple’s hard edges to be softened at all, let alone that he’d be the one to accomplish it.