Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, narrated by Sneha Mathan & Vikas Adam
Published May 2017 by Dreamscape Media|Length: 10 hours, 45 minutes
Where I Got It: I own the audio book
Genre: YA Contemporary
Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she’s ready for a break from her family – especially from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn’t interested in doing that right now – otherwise she 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 – during which he’ll have to woo her – he’s totally onboard. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. Although their parents hadn’t planned suggesting the arrangement so soon, when their kids signed up for the same summer program, they figured why not?
I really liked When Dimple Met Rishi! It’s a cute rom-com, and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. Well, listening in this case.
Actually, let’s start off with When Dimple Met Rishi as an audio book. Usually I talk about that part last, for some reason, but since I’ve already mentioned that I listened to it, I might as well talk about it now.
I really liked it as an audio book, and I have the slightest feeling that had I read it, I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much. I could picture Rishi and Dimple really well, and while I’ve never listened to anything narrated by either Mathan or Adams, I thought they did pretty well narrating both Dimple and Rishi respectively. In particular, I really liked Mathan’s narration of Dimple’s chapters and she really captured who Dimple is as a person. It’s not that Adams didn’t do the same for Rishi, because he did. I just don’t think he did it to the degree that Mathan did with Dimple.
I think part of it is that I liked Dimple a lot more than Rishi. Dimple is definitely spirited and determined and she knows what she wants. Is she whiny and stuck-up? Sure, but hopefully that will change as she gets olders. She and Rishi do balance each other out, since Rishi is a loyal, hopeless romantic who wants everyone around him to be happy. He’s more of a people-pleaser than Dimple ever will be, though I did find him a little more boring and unmemorable.
I admit that at first, I thought Rishi was a little pathetic. He was really into the idea of an arranged marriage, and like I said, he’s a hopeless romantic. He, especially at the beginning, was a lot more interested in Dimple, and things were definitely one-sided. It’s mostly because Rishi knew, and Dimple didn’t, that they were a possible match. We do see why Rishi acts the way he does, and I slowly started to change my mind because of that.
There is one other reason why I changed my mind about Rishi. It’s not fair to him that I saw him as a pathetic, hopeless romantic. If the tables were turned, and if it were Dimple acting that way, would I have the same reaction? No, probably not, because a big part of my reaction to Rishi at first was because Rishi’s a guy, and it’s not fair that I’m deciding how he should and should not act. And as the book goes on, we do see why Rishi acts the way he does. I think part of it is who he is, and I’m glad I changed my mind about Rishi.
It’s definitely your typical romantic-comedy, and there are actual obstacles to their relationship that aren’t related to random miscommunications. Dimple’s hurtful and dishonest, and Rishi, while overprotective at first, does care about her. She cares about him as well, and I liked that Dimple had no problem saying that she was at a different place in their relationship. I liked that she needed more time and that marriage wasn’t something she was thinking about, even though Rishi seemed more ready for it.
Was marriage something her mom wanted for her? Of course, but her mom also wanted her to be happy, and that was more important than Dimple getting married.
This book also has a lot of funny moments as well. I laughed quite a few times, and I was frequently smiling as well. I think it really came across in the audio as well, because the tone of voice that both narrators used made a lot of moments really amusing and light and fun.
4 stars. So, I didn’t love it, but I did really like it. I think it’s great as an audio book, but I think it’s worth reading in any format. It’s light-hearted and fun, and I definitely recommend it.