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Sandhya Menon Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

When Dimple Met Rishi (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From Twinkle, With Love (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Sandhya Menon is an author of Indian origin that writes fiction for young adults. Her name is pronounced sun-dee-yah. Her name in Hindi means dusk or twilight. She is a New York Times as well as a national indie bestseller. She writes her books not only for teens but people who love reading young adult novels or feel like they are still a teenager in some ways and love YA fiction stories.

Sandhya Menon is a feminist and studying to be a shrink. She has published two books and currently lives in Colorado with her husband, son, daughter, and pets. She has multiple favorite things, including a couple thousand Bollywood movies. The first is titled Dimple & Rishi and was published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.

Her favorite Bollywood movie is titled Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Menon claims that her favorite pairing is Isla and Josh in books and Suri and Taani from her favorite Bollywood movie. She is an avid lover of coconut based curries, but any kind of curry is just as good too. When it comes to dessert, Menon readily admits that she is obsessed and never encountered a single dessert that she did not like, claiming desserts with Nutella or chocolate would be her favorite if she had to choose.

As a young adult, Menon loved reading Archie and Tin Tin comics, Fear Street books, and the Mallory Towers series by Enid Blyton. She says that she loves to snack on chocolate while writing over anything else, and she’ll munch on something smaller like miniature Kit Kats while writing. She says that her superpower is seeing words in her head when she speaks.

She shares stories of her days in India with her children and shows them photos of different ceremonies and her relatives. She also teaches them Hindi and they eat a lot of Indian food together and know about the culture even though they don’t currently live in India. Menon says her first crush was when she was ten years old on Johnny Depp. She says that her guilty pleasures are the Twilight books and the movies.

Menon started off writing young adult fiction, and she says that she does want to focus on writing young adult genre fiction, but is open to reinventing herself if she gets bored. She says that she was placed into Gryffindor house by a test, but she’s more like a combo of Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. Her favorite flavors in ice cream are chocolate and peanut butter, and she has accomplished her goal of moving to Colorado and having her dream home.

She admits that she can’t listen to music while writing and requires total silence, taking ear plugs to the library. She loves to think about playlists that match up to her writing, too.

When Dimple Met Rishi is her first published back and stars the main character of Dimple Shah. She is a young lady that has it all figured out. Now that she has graduated, she is more than ready to take a break from her family. It’s just a little bit much, especially when it comes to Mamma’s obsession with Dimple finding the perfect man to become her ideal Indian husband. To hear them talk about it, you would think that they cared about nothing else.

The pressure is on, but Dimple knows that if they really thought that she needed a husband and didn’t respect her, they would not have paid for the summer program fostering aspiring web developers– at least, she thinks so. but she’s going to this program regardless, and if she can’t find a husband that is ideal and Indian enough for her parents, then she really has to figure out how she’s going to get them to stop bugging her about it. Her mother is also always on her to wear more makeup, care more about her appearance, and grow her hair out. But all Dimple wants to do is work on her code and develop apps.

Life for Dimple is working on coding and being herself. Unbeknown to her, Rishi Patel is also attending this program. He was raised more traditionally and learned to speak Hindi before English. Rishi enjoys drawing comics and will go to MIT to provide for his family. He is a hopeless romantic and takes the advice of his parents about finding an Indian woman and how his future wife will likely be attending the same program as her seriously, knowing that he should woo her as part of the process. Rishi is on board with the plan.

Even though it may not be a common modern approach, Rishi believes in stability, tradition, and being part of something larger than himself. His parents did not plan on suggesting an arrangement, and neither did Dimple’s– but they figure that by signing up for the same program, their children may meet and hit it off, and then they don’t have to break the news to them. It’ll be like they did it themselves.

With finding his future wife on his mind, Rishi Patel is ready to not only learn some new things about programming but find his future wife. When they meet, each one thinks that they have the other one entirely figured out. However, when they clash (Dimple throws iced coffee at him after he greets her as his future wife), it seems like they really will not get along. This exciting and funny young adult novel about Indian parents, finding love, and balancing what you want with finding the perfect person for you will have you happy that you picked up this book. Whether Indian or not, it’s a cute story about two people that may or may not be meant for each other.

Sandhya Menon’s second book is titled From Twinkle With Love. The main character is Twinkle Mehra, who is deeply interested in making films and telling stories. When she has a chance to direct a movie for the summer festival for Sahil Roy, she is all for it. She wants to publicly showcase her director’s voice and maybe even get close to Neil Roy, Sahil’s twin brother.

When a mystery man begins emailing her, she thinks it’s Neil. But has she developed feelings for his brother in the process? This romance is about to go totally off script. Twinkle doesn’t know what to do, but it seems that things have a mind of their own. From Twinkle, With Love is told through letters to her favorite female filmmakers and is a story about family, friendship, and finding love where you least expect it.

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