WHY A MAN SHOULD READ

WHY A MAN SHOULD READ

BY ANINDA SARDAR

BECAUSE THERE ARE FEW THINGS IN THE WORLD THAT CAN MAKE A MAN MORE DESIRABLE THAN BEING ABLE TO QUOTE THE BARD FROM MEMORY
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THE MONTH OF LOVE IS PAST AND WE’RE done with our roses and chocolates and all the mush that we could possibly muster. Obviously, most, or perhaps all, of these were for the benefit of the fairer sex for, admit it, mush isn’t manly enough. Once a year, or maybe twice, we bury our machismo and head to the roadside flower shop. Pick up the same bunch of red roses that we know is fool proof, dress our best and head to the date. We gather the same bunch of “aaahs” and “oohs”, and heaven forbid, “awwws” before heading back home with a smug smile on our faces. Yet, no closer to moving from the café to her doorstep and then beyond.

In this endless cycle of flowers and chocolates that are seen as the ultimate weapon of romantic love, the one sureshot way of getting noticed isn’t just ignored. It has in fact been completely forgotten. Books! Remember how mum nagged incessantly and dad droned on relentlessly about sitting down with a book? Well, their reasons were of course deeper. It was either the pursuit of academics or academic institutions. Some even had loftier goals in mind and wanted you to ‘drink life to the lees’. Never heard the line, have you?

Well, if you had listened to them then you too would know that books, and the erudition that comes with it, work far better in getting a move on with your lady love than that hackneyed bunch of roses and done-to-death box of chocolates ever will. Because there are few things in the world that make a man more desirable than being able to quote the Bard from memory. And of course, ditch the roses. Try tulips or lilies next time.

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