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When Dimple Met Rishi Book Talk

October 11, 2017

Below is the text for the book talk I did for When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

Librarians and teachers, please feel free to use this in whole, or in part, as text or presentation. If you do, please drop me a line in the comments and tell me where you used it because I’m curious.

Cover image, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

When Rishi met Dimple, he said “Hello, my future wife!”

When Dimple met Rishi, she threw her iced coffee at him, because, Hel-LO, crazy person?

… Maybe Rishi should have introduced himself first.

Here’s how Rishi sees things. He’s going to a six-week program to learn about coding, but, more importantly, he’ll have a chance to learn about Dimple Shah, the girl his parents and her parents have picked for him to marry. It’s a way to honor his Indian heritage and look forward into the future.


Here’s how Dimple sees things: She’s going to Insomnia Con, an amazing program to fulfill her dreams of learning about coding and working in tech. More importantly… no, there is nothing more important than that. All Dimple has ever wanted was to work with coding, and Insomnia Con, headed by tech mogul Jenny Lind is her chance to get started.

Dimple’s parents never told her about Rishi. Marriage to an Ideal Indian Husband? The idea makes her cringe. And the idea that her parents have set her up with this Rishi Patel… well, that makes Dimple furious!

Yep! Dimple’s furious! About the arranged marriage thing, and about working with Rishi. She’s not sure whether they’re going to make the killer app of her dreams… or wind up killing each other. She and Rishi have nothing in common: He’s easygoing and she’s ready to fight for her beliefs. Indian family traditions make him feel connected and her feel trapped.

But here’s the thing. Rishi’s really easy to talk to. He gets what it’s like to grow up with strict Indian parents… Even though he clearly has a crush on her, he’s willing to put that aside, and put everything into helping her win Insomnia Con.

Here’s the thing: Dimple can’t stop staring at his mouth, and wondering what it might be like to kiss.

Dimple and Rishi have nothing in common.

Dimple and Rishi have more in common than they think.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrea permalink
    February 8, 2018 11:33 am

    Thank you for posting this! I am planning on using it at a middle school book club meeting next week!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 3, 2018 7:50 pm

    I am using it for a book talk at Sullivan High School!

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