Sandhya Menon – When Dimple Met Rishi
“I was carrying this huge weight on my shoulders without even realizing it – without even needing to. You’ve made me braver. It’s like you have this paintbrush, dipped in brilliant mauves and teals and golds, and you just totally redid my monochromatic life. I need you; I need your paintbrush.”
Synopsis: A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
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.
Review: I love this book. Being a desi girl, all those cute references & the desi mother dialogues just made reading this book so much fun. Many of us will be able to relate to the story.
The mom dialogues are so funny & so true! “I.I.H., for the uninitiated stood for Ideal Indian Husband.” & the one that is the most common in our desi moms “Do you think you’re going to find a husband by being lazy? Do you think, for the past twenty two years since marrying your father, I’ve had a minute to myself to be lazy?”.
AND omg, I died laughing at this:
Dimple put two fingers to the bridge of her nose. “Papa, you’re a diabetic!”
Mama sighed dramatically. “Kya aap mujhai vidhwaa chodna chahte ho?
Dimple rolled her eyes at her mother’s words. “It’s diabetes, Mamma. I don’t think he’s going to die and leave you a widow anytime soon.”
The Bollywood references MADE MY DAY! I’m a huge classic Hindi movies fan & I really want to know if any of you guys got the reference in the photo?
“Hum tum ek kamre mein bandh ho, aur chaavi kho jaaye…” It was a popular old Hindi song, about a couple who’re shut away in a room when the keys go missing. (The man in the picture is Rishi Kapoor, the actor in the original song from the movie Bobby (1973). The link to the song in case someone wants to listen to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBJj-3sgcd0 .
The book was super cute & so funny! I feel like another thing that we could relate to was the fact that sometimes what our parents want for us & what we want may be different but at the end of the day, all our parents really want for us is happiness.
Dimple is so independent & unafraid of being herself that in some ways, I wish I could be like her. I loved that she was determined to follow through with what she was passionate about & she worked super hard to win the Insomnia Con. I loved that Rishi was confident in himself, I loved that he loved his culture & traditions & wanted to incorporate them into his life & I’m so glad he talked to his parents about pursuing his dreams as a comic book artist. I just wish there was a wedding because I can totally imagine a very Bollywood filmy wedding & I really would’ve loved to see them in the future like a few years later to see where they’ve reached, how successful was Dimple’s app, how was Rishi’s comic artist going??