Mini Reviews: When Dimple Met Rishi & As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon

Today I’m here with a review post of two books. First is When Dimple Met Rishi and second is As Kismet Would Have It, a sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi. So, let’s begin!

1. When Dimple Met Rishi


Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they 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—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

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.

My Review:

When Dimple Met Rishi is a cute, light-hearted read. It is essentially a love story, but the main characters also deal with their issues and have personal development throughout the book.

I liked Rishi. He was traditional but was also open to accepting Dimple’s modern outlook. He was compassionate and kind.

I had certain concerns with the story. Dimple kept punching and hitting Rishi time and again despite Rishi getting hurt. Dimple is portrayed as a modern Indian-American teenager but wears mostly kurti tops, a traditional Indian attire, which seemed unrealistic.

Overall, the story was entertaining and I enjoyed reading it.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

2. As Kismet would Have It (When Dimple Met Rishi #1.5)


Dimple Shah has a lot of opinions about marriage, but they boil down to this: It’s not for her. Sure, she loves her boyfriend, Rishi, but why does she need to validate that with an institution that has historically never favored the woman? Why go through all that hassle?

Rishi Patel deeply disagrees. He believes in the power that comes with combining love and tradition, and when the time comes, wants nothing more than to honor those things in a huge celebration with his friends and family. He knows Dimple loves him, but in hearing her rant about how marriage is a “construct of hegemonic masculinity” for the millionth time, a small, niggling part of him worries that it’s not the institution of marriage Dimple has a problem with; maybe it’s him.

The two lovebirds find themselves at a philosophical impasse. Can they find a way to work it out, or does kismet have other plans?

My Review:

As Kismet Would Have It is a short novella set one year later after the ending of When Dimple Met Rishi. The story deals with the issues left unexplored in When Dimple Met Rishi, aka the subject of marriage which our two main characters have differing opinions on. Both reach a consensus on this subject and we get a satisfying ending to the saga of Dimple and Rishi.

This barely took me an hour to finish and was a short and sweet read.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Have you read these two or either of these books? What did you think about it/them? Do share in the comments below!

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