Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

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When Dimple Met Rishi is Sandhya Menon’s first novel and catalogues a new-age romantic comedy that can only be described as western-Bollywood.

Dimple Shah is fresh out of high school and wants to spend her last summer before college doing what she loves most: coding and proving to others that she’s the best. When she qualifies to compete in web development program in San Francisco, the prize being working with her idol, she’s ecstatic and also surprised her strict parents are letting her go so easily. Enter Rishi Patel, a romantic family friend her parents failed to mention will also attend the program. They also failed to mention that Rishi is her secret, sort-of, fiancé.

Menon manages to perfectly capture the struggles of being a first generation Indian in America. This novel features bilingualism, romance, and culture clashes that add a sense of realism to the story. For a wonderfully light hearted read featuring characters of color and cheesy cliches, When Dimple Met Rishi is the novel to get.