So, for some weird reason, a newspaper asked Shilpa Shetty to comment on the ICSE board’s decision to include Harry Potter and other modern fiction in the curriculum. She responded with this:

“Books like Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) and Harry Potter as part of the syllabus is a great move because it cultivates imagination and creativity at a young age.They should include books like Little Women, as it encourages respect towards women at a young age. Even a book like Animal Farm can teach the little ones to love and care for animals.”

Okay, then.

Twitter has erupted with people sending in suggestions and reviews with the hashtag #ShilpaShettyReviews doing the rounds. So, we thought we would chip in too.

Here are our top 5 books that Shilpa Shetty must read to her kids (and yours too):

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

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Why: Because it is crucial for children to be good at geography. How else will you travel the whole world? Also, the tropics are amazing. They produce delicious fruits which later become delicious cocktails. But that’s for when you grow up, kids.


Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

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Why: Because this is an Indian version of the Famous Five or Secret Seven, only with poverty and snake charmers thrown in. Hence, relatable. There’s a dog too.


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Why: It’s the inspiring tale of how a young housefly becomes the ruler of a whole dumpster. Should be the handbook for aspiring Presidents.


My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

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 Why: Because it is a fantastic colouring book for toddlers.


Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

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Why: For those kids who don’t see the world in black and white. Don’t let them stop you from colouring outside the lines, child.