Saturday, 3 June 2017
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple is looking forward to her summer away from home before starting university in the fall. She knows that successfully completing the distinguished web design summer program will open all sorts of doors for her in the future.
Rishi has other reasons for attending; he is going to meet his future wife, the one his parents have selected for him.
Both Dimple and Rishi were anticipating huge changes to their lives as a result of this summer camp, but they got far more than they expected.
I loved this book form the opening pages. Dimple is a strong young woman, she knows what she wants out of life and has a plan how to achieve it. She intends to beak out of the mould her parents have planned for her.
Rishi likewise knows what he wants and a has a pragmatic approach for his success. He is very traditional, loves his heritage and embraces the idea of the life his parents have planned for him
All is going well for the teens and their plans, until they meet. From that moment, I couldn't wait to read more, to find out how they both could succeed in their goals without totally crushing the other. How could I not love both Dimple and Rishi. They were both so sincere and passionate in their belief that they had chosen the correct life path.
As I read, I also pondered the idea of arranged marriages. It is still widely accepted in many parts of the world but disdained in others. To fully appreciate it's value, I feel I would have had to have grown up within it's practise. To have had parent, grandparents and aunts and uncles watching over me and perusing perspective bride grooms. It appears a years long, if not life long process of much thought and consideration.
I can imagine the lively discussions this book will initiate among teen readers. Tradition vs modern thought. The value of involving your parents in your life and finally being true to yourself and your passions vs purely financial goals.
This is a wonderful debut novel from author Sandhya Menon. Her next book is due out in 2018.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.
Cover image courtesy Simon & Schuster Canada.