Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Hi Munchworms!

When Dimple Met Rishi

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!

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

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?

The good

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.

The bad

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.


Afbeeldingsresultaat voor iced coffeeAs 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?!



17 thoughts on “Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

  1. i felt so much the same way about this book!!! i was annoyed with poor dimple even though she is my fellow nerd??????? and I so much agree, predictability is…….*existential crisis*

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  2. I hear you on the predictability of some contemporary books. That’s a bummer because this one looks so cute. I’ll probably end up picking it up, anyway, but at least I know what to look for, now!

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    1. True! I often don’t mind predictability, but there are those few books that are just TOO predictable, you know?
      I do hope you enjoy this one when you pick it up. It’s a quick read! 🙂


  3. Lovely review, Kathy 🙂 I get you about the predictability, somehow we all want to be surprised, but… well, we read so many books, it’s getting harder and harder to be surprised hahaha 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it overall 🙂

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    1. Thank you. 🙂
      That’s true! Usually I’m not really all that bothered by it but this really was a case of “I can predict the smallest things about it and it’s annoying”. If there’d be at least a few small surprises along the way, I think I would’ve been fine, haha.

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  4. I too really liked this book, although I haven’t read it since summer so I don’t remember much of it other than I read it in a few days!
    As for the drink… I have a *slight* addiction to caffeine/ coffee… I type this with one in front of me… And I shouuuulllldd stop drinking them, but maybe another time 😉

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    1. Haha, it’s such a pity that we sometimes forget about books. Especially if we read a LOT of books everything can get so hazy after a while.. 😛
      Do it when you’re ready for it! I’m still keeping up with it. Went from one / two caffeine boosts a day to one every two or three days. Yay me. 😀


  5. As far as things I shouldn’t eat as much as I do go, my answer will have to be rice, because I’ve been told by multiple people that I eat too much of it? If you were to ask me, there is no such thing.
    Second off, I truly really need to finally get to this book! It’s been sitting on my shelf for ages I only need the motivation to pick it up… Might do it after I’m done with Call Me By Your Name, especially after seeing this review!
    Great post 💛
    P.S. I was on a similar caffeine free diet but now you made me really crave some coffee… I didn’t have it in a while so I should be fine haha :)) Latte Caramel Machiatto, here I come!

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    1. Hahaha. My boyfriend keeps telling me I should cut back on the spaghetti but I also feel like I can never eat “too much” of it. Like, ever. I could easily eat it every day too; that wouldn’t bother me at all.
      Ooh, you do! It’s a quick read! 🙂
      Hope you enjoyed it! I’m still trying to turn it down a bit and so far so good. Normally I have at least one caffeine boost a day and now it’s once ever two or three days. Progress!

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    2. There is definitely no such thing as too much spaghetti.
      That’s definitely progress! I’ve been able to cut down even more, but that’s because it was making me really really anxious…

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  6. I agree with you on most of the things you mentioned- in fact, Dimple got on my nerves with regard to being a bit disrespectful to her own culture! She is ambitious, independent, and unconventional, probably the traditional Indie culture is too constrictive for her, but still… as for coding, I felt exactly the same way! They were supposed to, especially Dimple, was supposed to hone her coding skills, but as soon as they meet each other and the romance starts to blossom, all the coding and their objectives are all but forgotten and I didn’t appreciate that aspect as much. But overall, it was a cute, funny, and delightful read!

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    1. Hm, I can see where you’re coming from with saying she was disrespectful towards her own culture. I guess it didn’t bother me all that much per se because I’ve always been quite the rebel myself? I loved doing the opposite of what my parents wanted me to do – sometimes I’m proud of that, sometimes not, haha. But it probably explains why it didn’t bother me when it came to Dimple.
      I really missed focus on the coding!
      Thanks, Noriko ❤


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