Title: As Kismet Would Have It
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: YA, contemporary
(sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi)
Dimple Shah has a lot of opinions about marriage, but they boil down to this: It’s not for her.
Sure, she loves her boyfriend, Rishi, but why does she need to validate that with an institution that has historically never favored the woman? Why go through all that hassle?
Rishi Patel deeply disagrees. He believes in the power that comes with combining love and tradition, and when the time comes, wants nothing more than to honor those things in a huge celebration with his friends and family. He knows Dimple loves him, but in hearing her rant about how marriage is a “construct of hegemonic masculinity” for the millionth time, a small, niggling part of him worries that it’s not the institution of marriage Dimple has a problem with; maybe it’s him.
The two lovebirds find themselves at a philosophical impasse. Can they find a way to work it out, or does kismet have other plans?
This little companion to Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi is the two C’s that I needed right now – cheesy and cute! Now when I say cheesy, I mean it in the good way. The ‘smile like a weirdo at your computer screen’ way. The ‘ohmygod you love each other, stop hurting yourselves’ way.
This short story is adorable and simple and straightforward and has Rishi and Dimple having a conversation I had wondered about at the end of the first novel – on their views on marriage and whether or not it would change – and I was pleased to find that while they were still them, they had obviously grown to be willing to think about things from each other’s points of views and even from their families’ points of views.
I also am now even more excited to see Ashish and Sweetie fall in love because they seem adorable as well!