To celebrate the release of When Dimple Met Rishi (out in the UK on 1st June!), the wonderful people over at Chapter 5 Books have put together this fantastic blog tour! This book is absolutely wonderful and I’m honoured to be finishing up the blog tour with a guest post by the lovely Sandhya Menon.
Lovable characters is one of the most influential aspects of a story for me, and often a deciding factor on how much I enjoy a story. Dimple and Rishi are both amazing, hilarious characters and the chemistry between them was ugh. That being said, I always tend to think about which fictional characters from my favourite books would be really good friends, so I put this question to Sandhya Menon:
WHICH TOP 3 FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WOULD DIMPLE MOST LIKELY GET AN ICED LATTE WITH?
1. Janna Yusuf from Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali: Janna sounds exactly like the spunky, fun, insightful girl Dimple would become instant friends with!
2. Simon from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Simon’s just so incredibly cool that I think Dimple would immediately click with him. He’s passionate about theater just like she’s passionate about coding!
3. Lara Jean from the Lara Jean series by Jenny Han: Lara Jean is sweet and kind, and she’s also incredibly intelligent and emotionally mature. I think Dimple would love to be her friend and grab an iced latte with her!
I love Simon and Lara Jean, and am looking forward to reading Saints and Misfits once it has been released, so I really enjoyed reading this response and decided to pick 3 of my own for Rishi!
1. Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: books, books and more books. Need I say more?
3. Linny from If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak: I think Linny and Rishi would get on really well since they’re both creative and Linny is never without a camera the same way Rishi is never without a sketchbook.
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.