I realise that I have disappeared yet again.
I would like to say that the blame lies entirely with university. To be fair, a large proportion of it does. When you’re working 30 hours a week, trying to learn a language, practising your ten-minute PR pitch (NO NOTES), commuting two hours a day and occasionally socialising, blogging kind of takes a back seat.
Buuuuuuut I also have been falling a bit out of love with this blog. I think I need a change, and it’s going to be a big change. I want to blog about other things as well – about all the vegetarian recipes I’m trying and loving. About bullet journaling. About movies and places I’ve been and things I’m thinking.
So in the next few months I’m planning a huge overhaul. I don’t really know how long it’s going to take me. I know that the name of this blog will change, probably the layout, probably my usernames. Which is…scary. “theloonytuney” has been ME online for so long, but I don’t think it really sums me up anymore – in case you didn’t know, it’s a combination of two of my favourite Harry Potter characters, Luna and Petunia (loonytuney, get it). But it’s hard to spell and I think I’m going to do a rebrand. I’m still going to post reviews of books and discussions, because that’s why I started blogging in the first place. But I want this to be a space to talk about lots of things, and I hope that doesn’t turn too many of you away.
ANYWAY. This was supposed to be a review. Ahem.
WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is a gorgeous, hilarious and heartfelt book. It’s #ownvoices and it shows. I absolutely adored it and I’m going to give you a list of reasons why.
1. It’s super nerdy in a very unapologetic way.
Dimple loves coding, and she’s not afraid to show it. She doesn’t wear make-up, like her mum keeps telling her to. She’s beautiful not in a Hollywood kind of way but in a Dimple kind of way. She has goals and aspirations and she won’t let anyway stand in her way. YES DIMPLE.
2. Rishi has got to be the most adorable love interest on the planet.
Apart from being Ideal Indian Husband (IIH) material, and therefore Family Approved, he is really sweet and dorky and hilarious. Plus, he consistently stands up for Dimple, which I really admire, and he’s always there for her even when she doesn’t think she needs him.
3. Hate to love. One of my favourites tropes.
I mean, put yourself in Dimple’s shoes. Some guy comes along and says he’s supposed to marry you, according to their parents? I’d be freaked out too. And she thinks Rishi is going to ruin her chances of winning Insomnia Con. But obviously (this is a rom-com after all) they end up falling for each other. Look, I adore rom-com movies, but I could do with Rishis and Dimples on screen.
4. So much family love.
Okay, so Dimple is a little more lukewarm towards her family. Rishi is the more traditional one, always trying to show respect for his family, do what is right by them. And I think he makes Dimple appreciate her family more. I love all the code-switching that goes on, all of the family banter that just shows how important #ownvoices books are.
5. It’s a great reminder that a book doesn’t have to have a 100% white cast to be a fantastic rom-com.
So yes, more of these please. I would definitely like a movie. And several spin-offs. And a grown-up version where Dimple’s mother is making their wedding a nightmare. PLEASE.
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.
Huge thanks to Hachette Australia for a review copy (I had to buy the hardcover just for the back tbh)
Are you also a huge fan of rom-coms? What are your favourites?