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Sunshine Girl needs math lessons… Nineteen-year-old Tara Muvvala didn’t mean to lead a double life. But her bone-deep aversion to math + a soul-deep desire to please her mother = her failing math grade + exploding food vlog ‘this masala life’. Enter her mother’s research intern and resident math genius Farah Ahmed. Tara makes a deal with Farah - help her pass the math course Sunshine Girl needs math lessons… Nineteen-year-old Tara Muvvala didn’t mean to lead a double life. But her bone-deep aversion to math + a soul-deep desire to please her mother = her failing math grade + exploding food vlog ‘this masala life’. Enter her mother’s research intern and resident math genius Farah Ahmed. Tara makes a deal with Farah - help her pass the math course and she’ll welcome Farah into the local Bollywood Drama & Dance Society. Grumpy girl gets life lessons… After losing her mom to a heart attack, dumping her small-minded boyfriend (she’s bisexual, not confused) and reluctantly moving to the US to be near her dad - all in the span of eighteen months, twenty-three-year-old Farah has hit the full quota on LIFE. Two things keep her going - her internship with a brilliant statistics professor and the possibility of meeting her dancing idol through the Bollywood Drama & Dance Society. That is, if her new hot-mess housemate will let her. Soon Tara and Farah are bonding over chicken biryani, dancing to Bollywood Beats at midnight and kissing... against all the odds. And maybe beginning to realize that while life’s even more complicated than math, love is the one variable that changes everything! Will they realize that together they have the recipe for a Happily Ever After?


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Sunshine Girl needs math lessons… Nineteen-year-old Tara Muvvala didn’t mean to lead a double life. But her bone-deep aversion to math + a soul-deep desire to please her mother = her failing math grade + exploding food vlog ‘this masala life’. Enter her mother’s research intern and resident math genius Farah Ahmed. Tara makes a deal with Farah - help her pass the math course Sunshine Girl needs math lessons… Nineteen-year-old Tara Muvvala didn’t mean to lead a double life. But her bone-deep aversion to math + a soul-deep desire to please her mother = her failing math grade + exploding food vlog ‘this masala life’. Enter her mother’s research intern and resident math genius Farah Ahmed. Tara makes a deal with Farah - help her pass the math course and she’ll welcome Farah into the local Bollywood Drama & Dance Society. Grumpy girl gets life lessons… After losing her mom to a heart attack, dumping her small-minded boyfriend (she’s bisexual, not confused) and reluctantly moving to the US to be near her dad - all in the span of eighteen months, twenty-three-year-old Farah has hit the full quota on LIFE. Two things keep her going - her internship with a brilliant statistics professor and the possibility of meeting her dancing idol through the Bollywood Drama & Dance Society. That is, if her new hot-mess housemate will let her. Soon Tara and Farah are bonding over chicken biryani, dancing to Bollywood Beats at midnight and kissing... against all the odds. And maybe beginning to realize that while life’s even more complicated than math, love is the one variable that changes everything! Will they realize that together they have the recipe for a Happily Ever After?

30 review for When Tara Met Farah (Bollywood Drama & Dance Society, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mrinmayi

    It's 5:30 here and I woke up just because I was *hungry* Note to self: Don't write about biryani before going to sleep Well...I have my exams BUT I came online JUST BECAUSE of the CHICKEN BIRYANI THERE'S CHICKEN BIRYANI IN THE SYNOPSIS!!! *Does Biryani dance* I am NOT joking..there's an OFFICIAL Biryani song And I am Biryani expert *flips chicken leg piece* Of couse my favorite is the Prawns Biryani my mom makes But if its Chicken or Mutton biryani...*whispers: I prefer the take out ones* *whispers: this It's 5:30 here and I woke up just because I was *hungry* Note to self: Don't write about biryani before going to sleep Well...I have my exams BUT I came online JUST BECAUSE of the CHICKEN BIRYANI THERE'S CHICKEN BIRYANI IN THE SYNOPSIS!!! *Does Biryani dance* I am NOT joking..there's an OFFICIAL Biryani song And I am Biryani expert *flips chicken leg piece* Of couse my favorite is the Prawns Biryani my mom makes But if its Chicken or Mutton biryani...*whispers: I prefer the take out ones* *whispers: this is a secret between Us* Don't tell my mom..or else tomorrow will be my last time having prawns Biryani😂😅 YESSS!!!There's prawns Biryani for tomorrows menu!!! I wish I could give it to all of you BUT... Joey MRIN😅 Also, something tells me that my mom will feed YOU all first before offering me any food (Don't ask why...That's "Indian Mom Logic"..Even I get confused sometimes..BUT they ALWAYS feed the guest first SMH) Ok..now enough of Biryani..Thanks for coming to the Biryani Party😂

  2. 5 out of 5

    mina reads™️

    Sapphic new adult romance with the grumpy/sunshine ship dynamic?? 👀👀

  3. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    me: :( this sunshine/grump romance with sapphics of color: exists me: :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Althea

    4.5/5 Stars This was just the sweetest sapphic romance novella that was just the right amount of fluffy for what I was in the mood for when I picked this one up! Very little angst so it's perfect for when you need a pick me up! I can't recommend this one enough, especially if you're looking to get into the romance genre! 4.5/5 Stars This was just the sweetest sapphic romance novella that was just the right amount of fluffy for what I was in the mood for when I picked this one up! Very little angst so it's perfect for when you need a pick me up! I can't recommend this one enough, especially if you're looking to get into the romance genre!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maëlys

    sunshine/grumpy dynamic but make it brown girls :] Youtube ☆ Twitter sunshine/grumpy dynamic but make it brown girls :] Youtube ☆ Twitter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    Um, this novella is EVERYTHING I love! 😍😍

  7. 5 out of 5

    prag ♻

    WAIT A SECOND

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Lovely sweet story of opposites attracting. I loved immersing myself in the culture Pammi has shared and feel tortured by the descriptions of all the wonderful food. This book should come with a content warning that reading will definitely make you hungry. The romance is excellent, low angst, and drives home the idea that love helps you be the best version of yourself. Both Tara and Farah learn what they most need to learn about themselves and life simply because the person they look up to the m Lovely sweet story of opposites attracting. I loved immersing myself in the culture Pammi has shared and feel tortured by the descriptions of all the wonderful food. This book should come with a content warning that reading will definitely make you hungry. The romance is excellent, low angst, and drives home the idea that love helps you be the best version of yourself. Both Tara and Farah learn what they most need to learn about themselves and life simply because the person they look up to the most loves them - and the natural follow up is that if that admirable person loves them, then they must be worthy of being loved. A simple sounding lesson that is definitely hard to let in. Pammi has done an excellent job of allowing both characters to learn this lesson without detracting from the joy and pleasure of the story. This book will make you once again fall in love with falling in love. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paulina

    . So a third book in a row for me turned out to be an insta-love story. Fortunately, in case of this book I still enjoyed how cute it was. But I have to admit that I enjoyed much more all the familiar relationships than the main romance. Especially the relationship between Tara and her mom touched me deeply and I ended up crying because of them by the end of the book and not because of Tara and Fara. The author made an interesting choice to change the narrator from 1st to 3rd person depending wh . So a third book in a row for me turned out to be an insta-love story. Fortunately, in case of this book I still enjoyed how cute it was. But I have to admit that I enjoyed much more all the familiar relationships than the main romance. Especially the relationship between Tara and her mom touched me deeply and I ended up crying because of them by the end of the book and not because of Tara and Fara. The author made an interesting choice to change the narrator from 1st to 3rd person depending whose PoV we were getting in a chapter. I have to admit I thought it would become annoying really fast but actually it made it easier for me to quickly jump back into the story without trying to figure out whose PoV I was in. This was a quick, cute read but I admit I wish it was a little longer so we got to find out a little more about all the great supporting characters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mar

    Genuinely the sweetest, softest story I’ve read in such a long time! Tara is convinced she’s the ultimate disaster lesbian - high school failure living in her parents basement - and completely ignores all of her achievements and unique qualities like only the most deprecating can. She feels like a disappointment to her maths genius professor mother and unintentionally creates a rift between them to spare herself that pain. Enter Farah, a maths genius still grieving the loss of her mother fresh fro Genuinely the sweetest, softest story I’ve read in such a long time! Tara is convinced she’s the ultimate disaster lesbian - high school failure living in her parents basement - and completely ignores all of her achievements and unique qualities like only the most deprecating can. She feels like a disappointment to her maths genius professor mother and unintentionally creates a rift between them to spare herself that pain. Enter Farah, a maths genius still grieving the loss of her mother fresh from India. She’s moving into to Tara’s house while she works with her mother and is “not here to make friends or connections” in her own words. Being raised solely by her mother and losing her has completely shaken the grumpy, formal Farah and she doesn’t want to risk any more pain. Their love story unfolds so organically and you can’t help but root for them to not just have a relationship, but to heal and grow as people who have been through so much and deserve happiness. It’s super refreshing to see brown sapphics whose families are loving and supportive of their sexualities, especially Farah’s mother who raised her in India. I’m also personally psyched to see a sapphic love story that actually includes sex scenes. F/F romance is almost always super chaste love story or just plain erotica so if was lovely to see a book strike that balance and include both. Side note: grumpy ladoo is the cutest nickname ever and I will start calling people that

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angel Miranda

    😭2021 better hurry upppp

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    This was such sweet sapphic romance novella.

  13. 5 out of 5

    book_dragon_not_worm

    Sapphic brown girls are everything. Fight me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Simant Verma

    24 September, 2020: Look at this Desi cover! ✨Sapphic new adult romance ✨with the grumpy/sunshine ship dynamic ✨Bollywood dance and drama (means so much fun)! ✨ There's Chicken Biryani in the synopsis 🤤 24 September, 2020: Look at this Desi cover! ✨Sapphic new adult romance ✨with the grumpy/sunshine ship dynamic ✨Bollywood dance and drama (means so much fun)! ✨ There's Chicken Biryani in the synopsis 🤤

  15. 4 out of 5

    telemakhos

    So Farah leaned back into her chair and took a sip of her cold, stale coffee. It tasted bitter and horrible, and Tara burst out laughing when she made a face. She let the sound of Star Bell's laughter wash over her and for the first time in months, she didn't feel quite so alone. Tara is a nineteen year old desi lesbian with a cooking and lifestyle YouTube channel and two academically gifted parents. She has also failed to graduate high school on time, with a single algebra class holding her b So Farah leaned back into her chair and took a sip of her cold, stale coffee. It tasted bitter and horrible, and Tara burst out laughing when she made a face. She let the sound of Star Bell's laughter wash over her and for the first time in months, she didn't feel quite so alone. Tara is a nineteen year old desi lesbian with a cooking and lifestyle YouTube channel and two academically gifted parents. She has also failed to graduate high school on time, with a single algebra class holding her back. Although she's not good at math, Farah is. And Farah is currently running from her problems, primarily the loss of her mother and her overbearing extended family. She's taken a research job with her mother's friend/Tara's mother and moves in with their family for the duration of the work. The attraction is immediate between Farah and Tara, but that doesn't stop Farah from pushing Tara away, and that doesn't stop Tara from trying. Grump meet sunshine; game, set, match. Boy, was this story sweet and a pleasant surprise. After seeing some hype for When Tara Met Farah on Twitter, I found myself grimacing just a few pages into it. Tara's voice immediately struck me as a middle-aged-woman-trying-to-write-a-quirky-teenager. But, by the second chapter, things had already smoothed out and I found myself sucked into Tara and Farah's romance. Don't let that opening fool you! Their journey, one of learning to trust, to accept our flaws, and to grieve, was beautifully written. If I have one complaint, it has nothing to do with this book and all to do with the fact that I don't have any Indian restaurants near me because Tara Pammi's descriptions of food made me so hungry! I highly recommend When Tara Met Farah if you're looking for a sweet, new adult f/f romance that deals with topics like grief, insecurity, and flawed-but-good families while still managing lots of levity and steam.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Laumone

    DNFed at 48%. I really don't want to give a bad review - there are a lot of good elements to this book, the premise was interesting enough to get me to buy it, and there are some funny lines in the beginning that I highlighted, but as the book progressed I found my mind wandering. I took a few breaks and tried to come back to it, but I just can't make myself push through: I got bored. Could be just me. I found Farrah's sudden switch to calling Tara "Star Bells", and thinking of her as this ray o DNFed at 48%. I really don't want to give a bad review - there are a lot of good elements to this book, the premise was interesting enough to get me to buy it, and there are some funny lines in the beginning that I highlighted, but as the book progressed I found my mind wandering. I took a few breaks and tried to come back to it, but I just can't make myself push through: I got bored. Could be just me. I found Farrah's sudden switch to calling Tara "Star Bells", and thinking of her as this ray of sunshine and pure happiness kind of jarring honestly, and I had a hard time believing in their insta-chemistry. I haven't read a lot of F/F pairings, usually I read MM, so maybe it's not my cup of tea for that reason? I liked all the talk about food, the cooking parts, to me that was a strong point, but halfway through I still don't know what math course Tara is struggling to pass - is it algebra, calculus? For all the talk of Farrah as a math genius there hasn't been much math in the book (and I'm not a math person myself, but a little more specificity about what concepts she's studying is needed I think).

  17. 4 out of 5

    N.G. Peltier

    CW: death of relatives This was a cute f/f NA romance. Tara and Farah are total opposites which I love. I'm always a sucker for an opposites attract trope and these two butted heads in the beginning, even with their attraction being obvious. Tara is worried about having failed her exams and Farah has sort of checked out of life after her mom's passing. These two are both going through some internal conflicts but I like how they come to be there for each other. Especially how Farah, and Tara's pare CW: death of relatives This was a cute f/f NA romance. Tara and Farah are total opposites which I love. I'm always a sucker for an opposites attract trope and these two butted heads in the beginning, even with their attraction being obvious. Tara is worried about having failed her exams and Farah has sort of checked out of life after her mom's passing. These two are both going through some internal conflicts but I like how they come to be there for each other. Especially how Farah, and Tara's parents too, show her that success means different things for different people. I want to know more about Tara's dance group but boyyy is there a lot of drama going on there with these people and their relationship lol. This is book 1 in the series so I'm hoping we see more from these characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    What a fun and emotional book. It's a high-heat New Adult f/f romance with two brown girls whose sexuality is not a point of conflict with their immediate families, starring a grumpy & thoughtful, grieving math genius and a gloriously energetic & sunny food vlogger retaking algebra because she failed to graduate high school. The tone is often funny (Tara can be a bit of a comedian, and Farah is delightfully sharp in her observations), but what really came through for me is the veritable emotiona What a fun and emotional book. It's a high-heat New Adult f/f romance with two brown girls whose sexuality is not a point of conflict with their immediate families, starring a grumpy & thoughtful, grieving math genius and a gloriously energetic & sunny food vlogger retaking algebra because she failed to graduate high school. The tone is often funny (Tara can be a bit of a comedian, and Farah is delightfully sharp in her observations), but what really came through for me is the veritable emotional feast that Pammi creates with each stage of Tara and Farah's relationship. There's also a lovely thread running through this book about mothers (and grandmothers) and daughters, about expectations and grief and blazing forward.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    You want Love? Then DEAL with your DRAMA! So you know how romance has this tee hee frivolous reputation among non readers? The cover made me think this was going to be a low stakes meet cute but NO. Tara and Farah have to self actualize and process their feelings of inadequacy and grief respectively before they get to be happy together. Their chemistry is good and steamy, and their differences mean they can help the other more completely understand how she gets in her own way (Tara by comparing h You want Love? Then DEAL with your DRAMA! So you know how romance has this tee hee frivolous reputation among non readers? The cover made me think this was going to be a low stakes meet cute but NO. Tara and Farah have to self actualize and process their feelings of inadequacy and grief respectively before they get to be happy together. Their chemistry is good and steamy, and their differences mean they can help the other more completely understand how she gets in her own way (Tara by comparing herself to people on a path she has no interest in, and Farah by ceasing to live in the wake of her mother's passing). This is a short but deep read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Silvia (roomforbooks)

    CWs: at the beginning of the novel Rep: f/f, bi Indian mc, lesbian Indian American mc, nb side character, f/f side characters This was quite steamy and inclusive, I loved how sex positive this was and can we talk about how accepting Tara’s parents are? Certain parts were really sweet. That said, the characterization was weak and the main characters wrens always believable. Moreover the writing was repetitive at times and stilted, it didn’t flow naturally.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Read

    A friend told me about this cover !! How cute is the cover _ those clothes, the message board, so many lovely details!! I'm giving it 5 because it's such a cute blurb!! Math genius and Food vlogger...WoW! Brown girl falls of brown girl!! Bollywood beats and chicken biryani... so many things I like. A friend told me about this cover !! How cute is the cover _ those clothes, the message board, so many lovely details!! I'm giving it 5 because it's such a cute blurb!! Math genius and Food vlogger...WoW! Brown girl falls of brown girl!! Bollywood beats and chicken biryani... so many things I like.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Channa

    Honestly loved When Tara Met Farah, the diverse relationship between two South Asians, the mentions of food (Always brings back memories of my own grandmother cooking curries and all sorts of South Asian food, and the mention of Atthaya/Thaata also bought memories back for me). Loved the ending as well, I admit I almost teared up. Definitely give this book a read, you won't regret it. Honestly loved When Tara Met Farah, the diverse relationship between two South Asians, the mentions of food (Always brings back memories of my own grandmother cooking curries and all sorts of South Asian food, and the mention of Atthaya/Thaata also bought memories back for me). Loved the ending as well, I admit I almost teared up. Definitely give this book a read, you won't regret it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    kaylie

    This was ADORABLE, I want more I really loved this little novella and just everything about it. Tara Pammi manages to write an incredible and heart-wrenching love story in just 180 pages. That's heart-wrenching in a good way <3 This was ADORABLE, I want more I really loved this little novella and just everything about it. Tara Pammi manages to write an incredible and heart-wrenching love story in just 180 pages. That's heart-wrenching in a good way <3

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sulime

    I really wanted to love this and there were some things about it that I did like, but in the end, it just didn't work for me. It was too sugary and insta-lovey for my taste, with no real plot or conflict to keep things interesting. People who like low stakes and lots of fluff in romance might love this, but sadly, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I really wanted to love this and there were some things about it that I did like, but in the end, it just didn't work for me. It was too sugary and insta-lovey for my taste, with no real plot or conflict to keep things interesting. People who like low stakes and lots of fluff in romance might love this, but sadly, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Quick. Easy read. Opposites attract romance. Enjoyed reading about Indian culture, especially the food! Alternating POV between two young women. The right amount of sexual tension and well written love scenes. Topics: Coming Out. Bisexuality. Loss of a parent. Self doubt. Religion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    lucy

    2.5 For some reason took me so long to read and don't think I ever got properly into it. A lovely wlw story but it just didn't do it for me. 2.5 For some reason took me so long to read and don't think I ever got properly into it. A lovely wlw story but it just didn't do it for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chitra

    Loved it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Moon

    This was really fun, cute, steamy, and super quick to read! I didn't completely love it and felt like some things happened too quickly but overall, it was really cute. This was really fun, cute, steamy, and super quick to read! I didn't completely love it and felt like some things happened too quickly but overall, it was really cute.

  29. 4 out of 5

    isabella

    This was so cute! Grumpy/sunshine is one of my fav romance tropes, SPECIALLY with sapphic ships 😭 and the sexy scenes were amazing! I'm not one for contemporary romances but this was really worth it This was so cute! Grumpy/sunshine is one of my fav romance tropes, SPECIALLY with sapphic ships 😭 and the sexy scenes were amazing! I'm not one for contemporary romances but this was really worth it

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    TW: death of a parent I gave this a chance despite heavily disliking the cover because grumpy/sunshine pairing, sapphic Indian girls falling in love? AND bisexual rep from one of our MCs? We love to see it. Unfortunately, I was quickly turned off from the writing style. Tara's chapters are written in first person POV, while Farah's were in third person. While it's new and creative approach, I struggled to connect with either MC because of it. I also found Farah's very proper manner of speaking su TW: death of a parent I gave this a chance despite heavily disliking the cover because grumpy/sunshine pairing, sapphic Indian girls falling in love? AND bisexual rep from one of our MCs? We love to see it. Unfortunately, I was quickly turned off from the writing style. Tara's chapters are written in first person POV, while Farah's were in third person. While it's new and creative approach, I struggled to connect with either MC because of it. I also found Farah's very proper manner of speaking super jarring. She doesn't use contractions and overall sounds robotic and emotionless. Tara might come off as immature to some people, but 19 is still young, and her quirky, cheery characterization was a bright spot in the story. Most importantly, I wasn't convinced by their romance. It lacked depth, and the sexual tension was weak in my opinion, the softcore sex scenes even more so. This had so much potential! I love the forced proximity trope so much. It also had an underutilized subplot of strained mother/daughter relationships, and that's one of my favorite subjects in books. I just think it all could've been executed better :( I hate giving indie romances a low rating, so if none of the things I detailed bothered you, please support it!

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