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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

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Book cover: Dimple drinks chai through a straw.

When Dimple Met Rishi is a romantic comedy that I had wanted to read as soon as I heard of it, and I was lucky to receive a free copy from the author. Thank you very much Sandhya Menon.

It’s an arranged marriage story that takes place in the US. Dimple does not want to have an arranged marriage, while Rishi is open to the possibility. They find themselves attending the same summer programme, which results in awkwardness, stress and adorable dorkiness.

It’s an #ownvoices book.


I thought this book was hilarious! It was a very light read and just the thing I needed at the moment. You will most probably have laugh-out-loud moments while reading this book. I certainly did.

Dimple is such an amazing person – I would have looked up to such a character in my teens. And Rishi is adorable, like so so cute. He is just amazing and sweet.

The romance is very cute as well. It builds up and it is certainly not insta-love. I was able to understand why they fell in love with each other. Even though this book is indeed a romance story, it does follow the personal growth of the characters and their relationships to family and friends.

I learnt quite a bit of Hindi, while reading this book, which was nice. The context could be understood out of the text. Shout out to one of my friends though, who helped me with the translation so that I could

In my opinion, the cover is beautiful. I like the placement of the title and the clothes that Dimple is wearing. I do have one question however, why is she not wearing glasses?

Rishi has stereotypes about basketballers, which is absolutely normal. However, I feel like he would have rethought about these stereotypes when getting closer to his brother later on in the book.

A few ableist descriptors were used: psycho, depressedpsychotic and spasming.

Micro penises is used as a negative term. Quite a few people talk like this, however I wish Rishi would have called her out on this. Especially as she says later that “No off day justified making fun of someone’s appearance or being as cruel or vulgar as they had been. She knew that.” referring to the same boys, when they are being rude to her. Thus, I think she should use the same logic when talking rudely about other people. Possibly by highlighting her hypocrisy in this situation..


When Dimple Met Rishi is an adorable romance. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone looking for a fun, summer read.

4-stars
4 stars

Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi? Did you like it?

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13 thoughts on “Review: When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

  1. I enjoyed this book too. You point out several things I didn’t catch in my review, I’m going to add a link to yours if that’s okay. Dimple is wearing her glasses on the back cover, but I agree, it’s a subtle erasure of a very common disability. Your reviews have made me think a lot about disability language and being more respectful and inclusive both in my reading and the words I speak, so thank you.

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  2. I honestly hadn’t thought about the erasure of her glasses on the cover. As someone who’s worn glasses/contacts all my life, I can definitely see how this would be subtle erasure. People are always complimenting me when I’m not wearing glasses and it’s exhausting. I loved that Dimple refused to wear contacts – I personally need them to see better because my vision is so bad, but I appreciated that aspect of her character so much. I guess the publisher though the cover would be more appealing without her wearing glasses – which just plays into the ideology that glasses=ugly (which I HATE). Thanks for pointing this out.

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  3. I loved this book! The romance was adorable! You mentioned a lot of things I didn’t pick up on before like some of the ableist language. I need to get better at spotting them. Thanks for bringing awareness to them!

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