When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
We are very lucky to have recent graduate Kate Alfaro volunteer to write a book review for one of the books from our summer books club. Kate graduated in 2017, and loves Fantasy. (Mrs. Coe has a long list of books for her to read, and you too if you are interested!
Thank you Kate for your review! I am excited to share your voice!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon tells the story of a young Indian girl, Dimple, who doesn't agree with a lot of her culture's traditions that focus on the "IIH" or, "Ideal Indian Husband." Dimple feels that these ideals of her culture do not allow for the growth of women. As Dimple gets ready to leave away for college, an interesting opportunity arises for her: Her parents agree to pay for her to attend a summer program that focuses on Dimple's interests in coding and web development and is hosted by her idol who has agreed to work with the winners and further develop their program.
On the other side of this story lies Rishi, an Indian boy of the same age as Dimple who has no problem following his cultural "duty" of marrying the young lady that his parents have arranged. Rishi goes to the same summer program as Dimple under the pretense that Dimple is just as willing and excited as he is for this arrangement. The only problem? Dimple has no idea that her parents have arranged the whole situation for Dimple to meet Rishi.
The book follows the story of how these characters fall for each other and make adjustments to suit each other's wishes rather than blindly following their parents' arrangement. As soon as I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. I loved how this book strayed from the typical "love at first sight" and focused more on accommodation for each others needs as well as actually seeing the characters gradually fall in love, but also grow in their own ways. I also enjoyed peeking into a different culture and while I can't say whether or not this is an accurate representation of the Indian culture, I can say that the book used every opportunity to introduce me to the style, celebrations, and even the language of the Indian culture and I cannot thank the author enough for this insight. This was a great read and had enough humor to make me laugh out loud at times. This is definitely one of my favorite books.