How To Fill The Hole in Desi Teens’ Hearts: Guest Post by Kav @xreadingsolacex

As I think I’ve said many times before on this blog, representation is important.

I mean, I’ve discussed it quite a few times and as a marginalized person I’m ALWAYS going to be looking for books that represent me, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m saying this.

But today, instead of ME talking about how representation of marginalized people is important, I have a guest poster!

Kav reached out to me for some help with a project they’d been planning for some time. Obviously, being friends with her and loving what she was trying to do with this project, I’m having them guest post on my blog about why When Dimple Met Rishi should have a movie adaptation!

I haven’t read WDMR yet, but I’m excited to, and I’m truly glad that this book exists to represent Indian and Desi teens.

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Literature and media has always been my source of comfort. I turned to stories to heal me from the greatest of wounds and the darkest of days. I turned to fantasy worlds to give me an escape when the real world was far too cruel. I turned to fictional characters to provide me friendship when I struggled with finding some in my life. Literature and media has always been there for me.

Until I realized it wasn’t really there for me.

Movies didn’t have heroes who looked like me. Books didn’t have characters who came from the same culture and heritage. T.V. shows didn’t have stories for people with my background. No one represented me.

It was a day early in 2017 when I saw an author who looked like me writing a book starring a hero and a heroine who looked like me. A hero and a heroine who came from the same culture and heritage, who came from the same background.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon changed my life. It changed how I saw myself—the respect and dignity I gave myself. It changed the respect I gave to my roots. It changed how I looked at the power of media and how I looked at the world around me.

This year has been unforgettable in terms of book-to-movie adaptations. From Love, Simon to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to The Hate U Give and more, the strides made this year surpass so many previous years—especially in giving stories featuring marginalized characters a voice.

I always wanted to act growing up. Acting was one of my biggest dreams that I lost because I could never see myself playing any of the characters I saw on the screen. Dimple Shah was the first character I could truly envision myself playing because she looked like me.

When Dimple Met Rishi has impacted Indian-American teens around the world. It filled a gaping hole in my heart that I didn’t even know I needed filled. Dimple and Rishi’s story celebrates the positives of Indian culture while still acknowledging the negatives of it. It’s an adorable romantic-comedy that also goes beyond the surface level and has some of the most powerful underlying messages.

Dimple Shah is the first heroine I could ever truly see myself in. I’ve related to many, many fictional characters throughout my reading journey, but there’s something so special that comes from seeing yourself in a character who looks like you and thinks like you and feels like you. Dimple Shah is that character for me and so many others. Rishi Patel is that character for others still.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Love, Simon. Crazy Rich Asians. All of these were the rom-coms of 2018, book-to-movie adaptations that did exceptionally well. Let’s make When Dimple Met Rishi another book-to-movie adaptation that does exceptionally well.

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ABOUT KAV

Kav is a 17-year old booktuber, writer, and co-host of Book Bound Society who loves media, books, and social justice. They are frequently active on Twitter and YouTube talking about a combination of book-related and social justice-related topics. They enjoy fawning over fictional characters, playing with their pets, consuming too much caffeine, and interacting with those in the book community.

FIND THEM ON:

Booktube  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Goodreads

READ THEIR REVIEWS OF WDMR ON:

Booktube  |  Goodreads


shall we chat

what did you think of the post?? isn’t is amazing and so well-written? have you read WDMR? would you like to see it as a movie adaptation? what books do YOU feel represented by??

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14 thoughts on “How To Fill The Hole in Desi Teens’ Hearts: Guest Post by Kav @xreadingsolacex

  1. This is such a lovely post!💓I really enjoyed reading it and When Dimple Met Rishi has been on my TBR for so long (it’s always checked out from the library when I go, which is a good sign, haha) and this made me want to read it even more.

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  2. My heart and soul are just so happy to read this! Seriously, such a moving and heartfelt post. I love you both and I believe with my whole heart that Sandhya Menon is going to change the world AND get that movie adaption! Netflix, hear our prayers! 💕xx

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  3. Yesyesyesyesyes.
    Yes to all of this. I feel like Desis are so underrepresented in media. I know there’s been an effort to increase rep, but I still can’t find myself,,, which sucks.
    And the other thing is that there’s no intersectional rep out there… Like, find me a book with a queer Indian MC. I dare you.
    Anyways this really resonated with me.

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  4. Wonderful post! Representation matters so much and is definitely very important. It really means to world to me when I get to see a part of myself in a book or in media. 😭💞 I felt really represented by Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – the Asian and anxiety rep was AMAZING.

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  5. This is such a wonderful post, thank you to both of you for doing this ❤ Representation is so, so important and it warms my heart to see that more and more teens and people around the world are able, little by little, to see themselves like these in books and movies. I just hope that this goes on and on and on, because it should and it's so, so necessary, too ❤ Thank you for sharin this! ❤

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  6. I read the book a little while ago and absolutely loved it! I think that it was an amazing representation of that culture and those types of people, and it should definitely be made into a movie! It would be a movie that I’d love to watch.

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  7. When Dimple Met Rishi is sitting on my bookshelf and I’ve been meaning to read it for FOREVER. And yes, let’s make a really great movie adaptation!!! This sounds fantastic!!! Also, Kav is the best! I love their youtube!!!!

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  8. As a Desi girl, this makes me so happy!!! I’m gonna read this soon. I’m really liking how more and more books with diversity are coming out because honestly everyone deserves representation. Thank you for this post. Also thank you Kav ♥️♥️

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  9. This is a great post Kav (and May). I have read When Dimple Met Rishi and while I wasn’t a huge fan of the book (I just had a few small issues with some parts of the relationship between the main characters, but overall thought it was a good story and well written too) it would be great to see this adapted as a movie. Representation is so important, and anything that can make more people feel seen and that can give them a story and character to connect to is always going to be a positive thing in my mind. 🙂
    Love Simon is currently my favourite film of the year, and I haven’t seen TATBILB yet but I’ve heard amazing things about it. I can’t wait to see it.
    Again great post. 🙂 ❤️

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  10. This was absolutely so amazing! I loved it and I’m so glad we are getting more and more rep. I do hope the book gets turned into a movie!

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