The countdown to the new year had begun. He searched for her frantically, even as his stomach churned. At last, when he felt bold enough to give words to his feelings she was nowhere to be seen. It took him until the eighth count to find her.
The world had now stopped existing around him. Time stilled, and the music was barely more than background noise. Instead, he heard his heart thumping loudly. Seconds turned to hours as slowly, one pair of eyes looked up as the other peered down. Lips previously smiling in mirth turned solemn as they touched. Hands sneaked up to curve around the neck and waist. In the darkness of the party, tongues dared do things they would never have otherwise.
But that night, his heart also broke, because his dream came true, just not to him.
This scene was inspired by reading Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. She mentions in passing about a God who punishes by making one’s wishes and dreams come true, but not for that person. I shall be posting a more in-depth review of the book soon, but needless to say, I was absolutely in love from the first moment I set eyes on it. I especially loved the writing style and would be very happy if I could, one day, write half as good as her.
I’ve had a bit of a reading slump for the past two or three months and so to get myself back on the reading bandwagon I went on to BookTube. This book by an Indian author caught my eye, especially since so many of my trusted booktubers highly recommended it. However, I have a bad relationship with Indian Authors since I don’t tend to read in the genres that are popular here, which is Romance Fiction. But, I still picked up this book because it promised to be an easy and fun read that could get me back to reading again.
Dimple is a computer and web design geek who is all set to go to Stanford University. Before going to college, however, she plans to get some experience in App Designing by attending a 6 weeks workshop in San Fransisco. Her parents, however, have other ideas on sending her to this workshop. Without her knowledge, they have set her up to meet one of their friend’s son, Rishi. Rishi is very traditional in his ways and he’s actually pretty excited the possibility of an arranged marriage.
Here are my thoughts on the story.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst reading this book. Dimple and Rishi are such carefully developed characters that I couldn’t help but root for them. I loved that this was more than the clichéd ‘opposites attract’ story. Even though at the onset it feels like they are as different as two people can possibly be, as their relationship develops, it is their similarities that ultimately keeps them together. I also loved that the author did not stereotype the main characters. Dimple’s mom was a tad stereotypical but let’s face it, a lot of Indian moms are like her.
Despite really liking the story, I did find a few things that irked me a bit. Firstly, some of the dialogues, especially the ones with the parents, came off as stilted and unrealistic. Secondly, there were instances when I felt like Rishi was acting way too older than his age. Nevertheless, this book is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Just relax, have some chai and enjoy yourself.
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