Book: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
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.
I had really high hopes for this book, I’d heard a lot and one of my closest friends has read it and liked it. I guess I was slightly disappointed because I thought it was going to end in a different way.
It started off so well for me. Dimple seemed like such a feisty, independent and feminist young girl. Especially when she was growing up in a family that wanted to arrange her in a well-meaning marriage. Her inner monologue was so similar to mine, her eye rolls and sarcastic comments made me really love her.
I obviously loved that it had Indian Rep, and gave me a chance to learn about a different culture, and provide them with representation.
Also, the book did have its cute moments. But I just wish it was not in the same novel as someone who was supposed to be providing a strong female voice. I’m not saying that in order to be a strong woman, you’re not allowed to have feelings for someone, or get into a relationship. But if you start a novel off by introducing a girl who wasn’t interested in love and wanted to win a competition; it’s slightly disappointing when you then never mention the actual “coding” but just show her -very quickly- falling in love with someone.
It was as if the first and second half of the book were completely disjointed, like they were written by different authors. In the first half, I loved how strong Dimple was, and I loved how romantic and traditional Rishi was. But in the second half she became whiny to me, not as funny anymore just a bit cranky. All. The. Time. It was as if she had a complete personality change! She was really horrible to Rishi for no reason, and then all of a sudden just changed her mind! Realised that she actually likes him, and has growing feelings for him. It wasn’t really believable for me.
For someone whose passion was coding, we heard basically nothing about it after she got with Rishi. Which wasn’t that exactly what she was fearful of?? If she wanted to have relationship and a career, I wish the book had balanced it as well.
I guess I can be satisfied knowing that even though they stayed together, she was determined to try and remain herself – so she set ground rules, and reminded him that she didn’t want to get married any time soon.
The reason I am so confused with this book, is because when it started I thought it was going to be Dimple having her “feminist” awakening staying throughout. I thought she would choose to expand her career, win the competition and be FRIENDS with Rishi. Why can boys and girls not be friends?? The personality of Dimple just changed too much for me, and ruined the novel in the end.