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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi
Sandhya Menon
May 30th, 2017


The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

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 finally picked up When Dimple Met Rishi and ohmygod, it’s as cute and amazing as everyone says it is. I loved every page, every word of it. Definitely one of my new favorite contemporaries!

“She looked.. peaceful there, the sunset making her black hair glow with red, like she was holding lava inside her instead of blood. Rishi smiled to himself. The fire she had, that passion? Yeah, he could definitely see her being born with lava in her veins.”

The story is told from two pov’s: Dimple’s and Rishi’s. They do not know each other but their parents have arranged for them to marry and their first meeting will be at the famous Insomnia Con for web developers. Well, Rishi knows their first meeting will be there. Dimple.. is completely in the dark about this. Having no idea Rishi doesn’t know Dimple doesn’t know he greets her as future wife and in a shocked reply Dimple throws an ice coffee in his face. Great first meeting! Then it turns out they are paired together at Insomnia Con to create an app together. Dimple has made it clear to Rishi she doesn’t want the whole dating and marrying thing, she does not want to find the I.I.H.: Ideal Indian Husband. She just wants to live life and work on her carreer. But the more she and Rishi spend time together and get to know each other, the closer they grow and something starts to spark between them. Will Dimple give in to her feelings or is she going to be stubborn?

“Rishi smiled and tucket her hair behind her ear. That was quickly becoming her Favorite Thing. Besides kissing him, obviously.”

I am such a SUCKER for the hate to love trope. It gets me everytime. No shock that I turned out to love this book as well. I knew, from reading the blurb, that I really wanted to pick this book up and after all the hype around it in the book community and everyone being so positive, I just had to read it. I enjoyed this story so much and I took my sweet time with it. Normally I finish a contemporary within a few hours, but I spread the reading of When Dimple Met Rishi over a few days, that’s how much I wanted to enjoy this story.

“The point of dating you, Dimple Shah, is to get to know you. To spend time with you. To see the way you push your glasses up on your nose when you’re especially moved by whatever you’re saying. To smell your amazing shampoo. To feel your heart beating against mine. To see you smile. To kiss you.”

I loved the story and the setting. I loved that Dimple wants to focus on the thing she loves most: web development and meet her hero Jenny Lindt. I love that Rishi is the complete opposite of Dimple, a sweet romantic with a passion for art. They’re both very different. Rishi wants to do best by his parents and be the perfect firstborn son, while Dimple is tired of her mother making everything about beauty and finding a husband to get married and have kids with. Yet it’s true what they say: opposites attract. And Dimple and Rishi definitely discover their attraction for each other.

In short: I toitally adored this book! It’s such a sweet contemporary and Rishi and Dimple are super shippable. 5 out of 5 stars for this beauty of a book from me.


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