Mandovi Menon wants you to turn off the TV and hit the books

I think it’s time for you Neanderthals to feed those brains with something other than beer, playmates and fart jokes. If you really want that gorgeous doctor to notice you, there’s nothing like quoting her a perfect line of Shakespeare or even better, James Joyce, to have her playfully toying with her hair and flirting right back. Take it from a woman, there’s nothing sexier than a man who knows his literature. Read on to find out if it’s ‘To be or not to be'

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevesky

Nothing like a renowned Russian novelist to start off with. This novel examines the fundamental question: Is it acceptable to commit murder for the greater good? The detail is painstaking and vivid and the language slightly abstruse, but you'll gain a fundamental understanding of the human condition after reading this one.


On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Quite frankly, this one deserves to be on every kind of reading list that exists- men, women and teenagers alike!

It is most definitely the best book to take along when you travel. Short, simple and written in a stream of consciousness style, it will make you feel as though you are right there, on the road, with Kerouac himself. It’s all about breaking rules with this one.

Ulysses by James Joyce

We wouldn’t lie to you--reading this one is no easy task, yet no classics list would be complete without it. It is quite doubtful that anyone, including Joyce himself, has ever been able to fully comprehend this Irish novel so don’t be put off by the fact that you might not understand a word. Just START this one and consider that an achievement.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Touching upon one of humanity’s most pressing questions and theories, William Holden has written a book any man who considers himself a ‘thinker’ or ‘philosopher’ should read.

And if you never considered yourself one before you read this book, you probably will once you’re done because it’s quite doubtful your mind will ever function in the same manner again. Primal instincts are under scrutiny here--what wins: nature or nurture?


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Once again, much like Kerouac, its wonderful simplicity yet deeply profound subject matter earns this novel a rightful place on our list. It is almost impossible for any man/boy to read this book and be unable to identify their youthful or present self with Holden Caulfield’s character. Heck, I’m a woman and I can identify.

Quite simply put, Salinger has created one of the most realistic characters literature has ever seen and that's just one of many reasons, including Salinger's wit, for you to read this one.