I’m back with another interview of another author I truly admire, the one and only Sandhya Menon! When Dimple Met Rishi took the YA rom-com scene by storm when it came out and so has her next two books. Her first book was what got me into reading YA contemporary at all since I was more of a hardcore fantasy fan back in 2018. I love that desi characters are getting their own happy ending thanks to Sandhya and that desi models are so boldly featured on her beautiful covers. With that fangirl-y introduction aside, let’s jump into the Q&A part!
What better time to do this post than on a summer evening, right? I got tagged by The Readers Bay and Charvi from Not Just Fiction. The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by one blogger to other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. I don’t know what I did to deserve to get tagged twice, but thank you so very much to them for doing it! 🙂 They have some really amazing blogs with superb content, so do check them out and show them some support! Before we get into the actual post, I’d just like to talk about how things have been recently for me.
I know I was absent for about 3 weeks on here and it was completely unplanned, so I am sorry for that. Things got very hectic and I just didn’t have time to keep up with blogging and bookstagramming for a while. However, now that I’m back on both the platforms, I’d just like to let you guys know about a few things. During my hiatus and in the past week, I was in a position where I felt really underappreciated as a blogger and content creator. I was even reduced to tears because I don’t really get much support in real life for what I do. The only thing that has kept me going is my limitless passion for books, blogging and the support I receive from the wonderful online community of bookish people, be it on Twitter, Instagram, the comments section of my blog or the blogger groups I’m a part of.
If you’re one of those people and I haven’t shown you much support in return, please know that I’d love to but it’s going to take me a little time to get everything together. I will surely make it my priority to do so the second it’s possible. Your support has kept me going through some tough times here and I really appreciate every like, comment and share. It honestly means the world to me that there are people out there who actively consume my content and actually enjoy it. This blog and blogger would definitely not be here without you and I’d like to thank you from the core of my being for all the love you’ve shown.
I’m falling behind on this, but I’m going to get all of the challenges done anyway because I’m stubborn like that. I’m really not doing this to win any of the giveaways, I just like to challenge myself to blog consistently and post about books. If you’re new here, I’m doing all of the blogging challenges for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon and today’s challenge is hosted by Ashley from Inside My Minds.
The challenge: Discuss no more than two characters that you have connected with on a more personal level. And then pick a situation that the character was in and discuss what they should have done differently if you feel that they should have done something differently. It is possible that you don’t think a character should have done something differently.
Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary) [Bonus: #OwnVoices novel]
Published: By Simon Pulse on May 30th, 2017
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
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.
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.
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.
Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.
The topic for today (13/07/17) is: Favourite Books I’ve Read That Feature a PoC MC
I feel like I don’t talk about diversity enough on my blog. Being a Person of Colour myself, I’m always looking for good representation of people like me and just non-white persons in general. This is a collection of amazing books that I’ve read this year featuring a PoC as the main character. Two of them are popular and have received a ton of hype, but one is more of a hidden gem. Without further ado, let me get to my list.