Book Review : When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Dimple and Rishi #1)

Picture this . I open the book to have our central character being yelled at by her mother while the same thing was happening to me . My mom screaming my name as if the house was on fire only to find out that she wants me to finish my breakfast before it gets cold. Typical Indian household and that is how I knew that I have kept an interesting book .

When Dimple Met Rishi Official Synopsis

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.

When Dimple Met Rishi RWAT Take

In my mind I was already bickering that the book is going the typical Bend it like Beckham template and the family potrayal was so typical and stereotyped . Until I kind of looked at my family and realised maybe it does kind of reflect on Indian families. So anyways coming back to the book, Lets just say that the book can be defined as a typical Young adult romance with Indian character and sans any explosive or steamy scenes. Just one innocent kiss is all that could be defined as a bold scene.

There are not many books apart from the Indian romance fictions, that has Indian characters and Indian family setting as its core theme in an young Adult Romance Atmosphere. so for that alone i loved the book because it had something different to give its readers. It was nice seeing the traditional young adult novel working with an indian element


The book has a smooth flow to it and is captivating in its narration technique. The romance too feels very natural and sweet in its developments. No insta love or over the top star gazing lovers. The secondary characters though prevalant does not get much to perform but in a manner, that keeps the book simpler, lighter and fun to read. A quick in and quick out.

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