Ages ago I got my hands on a copy of When Dimple Met Rishi. Of course this was when there was a bit of a hype and it made me decide to wait a bit before reading it myself. I didn’t want to get my hopes up, or, even worse, lose the interest to read it at all!
Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.
He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…
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.
Told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists, Dimple is fighting her family traditions while Rishi couldn’t be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents. Could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?
Firstly, I love diverse reads and this is probably one of the diverse YA books out there when it comes to the Indian culture. I expected to be thrown into the Indian / Hindi culture and that’s pretty much what happened.
The integration of habits, rituals, principles and the language made reading When Dimple Met Rishi a unique experience!
“This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.”
When it comes to our characters, I have to say Dimple got on my nerves at times but… I could still definitely understand her? So it’s a good thing? Even while writing this is feels weird to come to that conclusion but it is.
She’s younger, I’m older so it makes sense that I can’t really agree with the way she behaves sometimes. Yet I know I would probably have reacted the same as she did in certain situations. So it ends up being relatable after all, right?
I want Ashish – Rishi’s brother – and Celia to have their own stories! Like, I’m so interested in Celia’s past and how she became the person she was in When Dimple Met Rishi. Not to mention my curiosity to Ashish’ struggles living with a traditional Indian family when he feels he’s way more American than anything else. Loved those two side-characters!
There was something about people who were that secure; they made you feel better about yourself, like they accepted you for everything you were, imperfections and all.
What I loved even more is the nerdiness in this novel! Dimple and Rishi being part of a Summer program connected to coding their own app is definitely a fun setting. After the geekiness in Queens of Geek, this probably is my second favorite on my list of geek- / nerd-novels, haha.
I thought there would be way more coding present and actual things connected to the Summer program they were all part of, but this wasn’t exactly the case. A pity really, because I love myself some geekiness and nerdiness!
There are those contemporary novels that can be predictable, yet have a couple of surprises as well. This wasn’t one of them. I pretty much saw every twist and turn coming and… Well, I expected to be surprised at least once, you know? That in combination with Dimple getting on my nerves… I have to conclude this was just an okay read for me.
As for the munches, the obvious iced coffee! Google helped me find this drool-worthy picture because I’m trying to step back a bit on the caffeine-part.
Apparently it isn’t really amazing for your health to get that daily caffeine boost? Okay, no. I knew that. I just decided for myself I have to cut back a bit..
Is there something you do or eat or drink that you know you should do less of, but you just can’t help yourself?!