When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Blurb: 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.

Cousin : *barging into room, stopping mid stride, with weird expression on her face* “Why are you smiling like a deranged person at that book?” 

Me:  *Slowly looks up from the book, still adorning the manic grin*  “This book is making my heart melt out of my ears and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” 

Cousin: *Leaves pronto without doing what she came to do.* 

This book…this freaking book, you guys!!!!!!

It is the definition of cute and what every bollywood rom-com should aspire to be.

Get ready to meet the Rhysand of contemporary and fall in love. Rishi Patel is the cutest most precious cinnamon role that must be protected at all costs! He is the biggest USP of this book. And now that I have mentioned him separately let’s go down the checklist, shall we?

1) Was the romance cute? Hell yeah.
2)Will this book make a perfect summer read? Absolutely.
3) Can someone who is not of Indian origins still like it? Without a doubt.
4) Is it too orthodox? Not at all.
5) Is it only romance-centric without anything else substantial to it? No, the humor is another thing apart from the romance that’s quite good. The setting with the quizzes and games also added to the general allure.
6) Is it a quick read? Yes.
7) Does it try too hard to be American? No not at all. What I liked the most about it is that it’s neither American nor Indian, It’s progressive. Something both the cultures can identify with.
8) Were Indians a bit stereotyped via any character? Yes, a bit through Dimple’s mom but nothing that will hinder your reading experience.
9) Are any of the MCs annoying? Yes, Dimple is a bit infuriating at times.
10) Is the ending or any other instances predictable or cliched? Yes quite a few. Amazingly, however, they don’t take away from your enjoyment of the book at all.

All in all this book in my opinion was perfect. It made my heart sing and my face smile…exactly what I expected of it.

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