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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India April 2017

Reader’s Digest has been the world’s biggest-selling magazine for nearly nine decades. It is also India’s largest-selling magazine in English. Beneath the fun and excitement of its pages, the Digest is, above all else, a serious magazine that never loses sight of the fact that, each day, all of us confront a tough, challenging world. To the millions who read the Digest, it is not a luxury—it is a necessity. Deep within its widely varied package of humour, real-life dramas and helpful information, there is in every issue of the Digest a subtle power that guides people in every aspect of their lives.

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in this issue

2 min.
the power of humour

AN ELECTED LAWMAKER explains the ‘scientific significance’ of the cow: it is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen. A college principal decides dressing like men can diminish women’s reproductive abilities and cause polycystic ovarian syndrome. A school textbook recommends killing a cat as an empirical way of understanding the difference between living and non-living things. We live in a world where it is tough to tell between real life and parody. Hence let me explain, we did not make this up—all of the above were in the (non-fake) news. How do you cope with such outrageous nonsense, then? Following an old Digest axiom, we agreed laughter’s the best medicine. For over a year, our monthly column It Happens Only in India has drawn a large section of our readers. We…

1 min.
humour in uniform

“My hackers just collapsed your country’s economy.” THINK YOUR yearly review stung? These snarky notes are (allegedly) from UK military officers’ reports. His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity. • This officer can be likened to a small puppy—he runs around excitedly, leaving little messes for other people to clean up. • Couldn’t organize a woodpeckers’ picnic in Sherwood Forest. • If two people are talking and one looks bored, he’s the other one. Source: trimdon.com MY FIVE-YEAR-OLD brother’s eyes grew large as our father opened the top drawer of his dresser. Seeing John’s reaction, Dad took out his Purple Heart and explained how he’d earned it during the Korean War. John was so impressed, the only thing he managed to say was, “Dad, are all those socks really yours?” Reader’s Digest will pay…

4 min.
over to you

PRUDENCE PAYS ‘How to Keep Your Money Safe’ was simple, yet effective and a must-read for everyone, especially at a time when the lure of big returns has stripped scores of people of their hard-earned money. As we know, money doesn’t grow on trees and you should never put your eggs in one basket. Only wise and timely investments will reap rewards and help grow your wealth. SRINATH H. R., Bengaluru A RIPPLE EFFECT ‘The Newspaper Boy’ was a touching narration of how sensitivity and a simple act of kindness can transform a life. The spontaneous gift of a bicycle to a struggling boy played a role in his becoming an Air Force officer and serving the nation. Instead of looking for high-profile charity schemes or crowdfunding projects, we should look in our own…

5 min.
a book for every child

LAST YEAR, THE BOOKAROO FESTIVAL of Children’s Literature was looking at the prospect of a year without sponsors. “Running it is a costly affair. And then demonetization hit us,” recalls M. Venkatesh, who along with Swati Roy and Jo Williams is one of the co-founders of India’s only large-scale children’s fest. When the principal sponsor, a major newspaper, pulled out after years of association, they were determined to go ahead regardless. Bookaroo opened up to crowd-funding with donations starting at 500 and, as the word spread, smaller sponsorships trickled in. With publishers and readers pulling together, Bookaroo was back! In fact, it was the first children’s festival to win the International Excellence Award at the London Book Fair, 2017. As I sit with Swati, Venkatesh, and Jo (on Skype, from the UK)…

4 min.
scamming the scammers

“I have willed 9.2 million to you. There might be a small processing fee.” LIKE YOU, I’m plagued by spammers. Unlike you, I decided to respond. Here are excerpts from my correspondence with a potential “business partner”, a Mr “John Kelly”. FROM: John Kelly TO: James Veitch I need your help. FROM: James Veitch TO: John Kelly John! Why? Who are you? FROM: John Kelly TO: James Veitch Dear friend, My name is John Kelly. I am 59 years old man. I am in a hospital in Dubai. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the lever). I am giving my money away because of my health and the fact that my second wife is a terrifying woman to deal with, marrying her was the only mistake…

1 min.
shocking notes

RUDE AWAKENING As residents of the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will attest, roosters don’t only crow at dawn. According to some, one bird began its round-the-clock screeching after it mysteriously arrived in the area more than a year ago. Since then, civilians and animal control employees have unsuccessfully tried to nab it. The feathered fugitive eventually settled on the property of one unlucky man, Henry Gaston. Citing a local housing code ban on roosters, a judge ordered Gaston multiple times to capture the animal, granting continuances when he failed. If he ever succeeds, Gaston is sure to become the squawk of the town. MUSIC THERAPY Ed Sheeran must be chuffed: His fan base has swelled by approximately a quarter-million birds—seriously. Hens at James Potter Yorkshire Free Range Eggs in Thirsk, England, have…