I recently read and reviewed When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon. As I came to the the end of the book- the flap where you often have the author’s bio, this is what it read.
Sandhya Menon was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food. She balances this upbringing for her obsession with happily ever afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri. Now Sandhya lives in Colorado where she’s on a mission to (gently) coerce her husband and children to watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite. Visit her online at sandhyamenon.com
In my somewhat disillusioned state, I was tempted to reach out to her and see if she would be willing to share more about herself for my readers on the blog.
Me. A blogger who hasn’t even completed a year in this blogging world. Never reached out to anyone remotely well known. Have a handful of readers and followers, some of whom are just coerced into reading what I write.
Her. A New York Times best selling author. Also a National Indie bestselling author. A book with an ‘amazon best book of the year’ to her credit. On book tours and media events throughout the year. Gearing up to publish her next book.
But, as luck would have it, Sandhya was absolutely amazing, and I was able to ask her a few questions for you all. I loved her responses! A massive thanks to Sandhya for taking the time out to talk with me and my readers!
I read that you moved to the US at the age of 15. What kind of challenges did you face as a teenager in the US, with Indian immigrant parents?
Sandhya: It was really hard to adapt to a new country/culture right in the middle of my high school career. The funny thing was, once I got used to things, I immediately began to adopt American culture, much to the horror of my parents! I struggled a lot with finding the right balance of Indian and Indian-American as I grew up, and also with finding people who understood that struggle. Thankfully, I did find a core group of friends who helped me along.
In keeping with the theme of this book, did your parents ‘introduce’ you to your husband? And were there any similar ‘Shah’ and ‘Patel’ moments that they schemed?
Sandhya: Haha, no, my parents didn’t arrange my marriage! I actually married my (non-Indian) high school sweetheart! 🙂
In your book, Rishi (the obedient son), was planning to go to MIT, to please his parents, instead of pursuing his passion of comics. Were your parents inclined that you pursue something other than writing? Were you headed in another direction, before you pursued your choice of career?
Sandhya: Absolutely. Rishi’s struggles as an artist totally mirror my own struggles as a writer. My parents were adamant that I find a “real” career, which is why I went to college and majored in psychology. I even did a couple of years of graduate school in clinical psychology before leaving to focus on writing.
Dimple’s favorite childhood classic was ‘A wrinkle in time’. Is that yours as well?
If you could cast your characters in a movie edition of this book, who would you choose to play Dimple and Rishi and Dimple’s mom? (I thought Dimple’s mom was the cutest):
Who are your most admired authors (including authors from the Indian subcontinent) ?
And a quick-fire round
Cupcakes or Gulab Jamuns
Gulab jamun-flavored cupcakes. 😉
Morning person or Night owl
Both together would be FANTASTIC, but I’ll go with Nutella for right now
Coffee or Tea
Tiger mom or Elephant mom
Sandhya Menon’s new book From Twinkle, With Love comes out in the summer of 2018.