About the Book – Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma
Dating Dr. Dil features a love-phobic TV doctor who must convince a love-obsessed homebody they are destined to be together.
Kareena Mann dreams of having a love story like her parents, but she prefers restoring her classic car to swiping right on dating apps. When her father announces he’s selling her mother’s home, Kareena makes a deal with him: he’ll gift her the house if she can get engaged in four months. Her search for her soulmate becomes impossible when her argument with Dr. Prem Verma, host of The Dr. Dil Show, goes viral. Now the only man in her life is the one she doesn’t want.
Dr. Prem Verma is dedicated to building a local community health center, but he needs to get donors with deep pockets. The Dr. Dil Show was doing just that, until his argument with Kareena went viral, and he’s left short changed. That’s when Kareena’s meddling aunties presented him with a solution: convince Kareena he’s her soulmate and they’ll fund his clinic.
Even though they have conflicting views on love-matches and arranged-matches, the more time Prem spends with Kareena, the more he begins to believe she’s the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. But for Prem and Kareena to find their happily ever after, they must admit that hate has turned into fate.
Our Review of Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma
So a desi romance. No scratch that a videshi-desi love story with lots and lots of intimate scenes. Now that’s something. Ok, fine I am not going to be a grumpy “Aunty”. The book is everything a rom-com can offer. So to be fair, yes I do see why this book is appealing and grabbing a lot of eyeballs. It has those qualities and elements. I too did enjoy the book although I am not a big fan of the base plot or specifically the reason the book gives for these two characters to come together. It does sound superficial. Although the way the plot develops and the relationship builds is really cute and gives a lot of swoon-worthy moments
I love how it is not overly Indianized. Usually, there is an overload of Hinglish and exaggerated Indian traditions that kind of becomes overdone and overcooked for even readers of Indian origin. But I love the fact that this book sort of keeps a balance between maintaining the authenticity of Indian families and bringing in a bit of fictional twist to it.
Admit it all you Indian kids, there is not one of us who hasn’t gone through the whole “aunty matchmaking” dilemma. In fact, the way I see it, it is the whole reason why more than half of the couple gets pressurised into getting married and why the rest decides altogether to never get married. But I loved the way that book has brought out these elements, and other Indian traits and yet maintained its focus on the main thing- the romance and the couple and not become an encyclopaedia for Indian traditions
There is a smooth and gradual flow to the book’s events and plot and it makes all the difference. There is a natural flow and course to it but yes it also has all the usual rom-com gimmicks and elements.
In conclusion, don’t listen to this grumpy aunty. The book is a good rom-com that is perfect for your weekend read. It has the elements to give you a sweet read and relax you with swoon-worthy and candy-floss moments. The characters are well etched and developed enough to bear the whole plot. So it is a sweet and fun read with a dollop of Indianism