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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India August 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.
freedom now

MOST OF US WHO LEAD LIVES OF PRIVILEGEtend to take freedom for granted. On the edge of our own realities are those who can’t. Think of the teenager who could not return home with his Eid shopping—his blood-splattered slippers have left a gash on our collective consciousness. The mentally disturbed woman who was tied to a pole and lynched—it’s hard to forget the fear in her eyes. A DSP bludgeoned to death by a mob in Srinagar, or the meat trader in Jharkhand who looked up in terror in his last moments, as people took videos of him, turning his face towards the camera before they finished him off. Between April and June this year there have been four lynchings a month, 32 people have been killed this way in…

1 min.
humour in uniform

WHILE POSTED ASsquadron leader at the Indian Air Force Headquarter, New Delhi, I drafted an order to be circulated to all units. My bosses scrutinized the draft before sending it to the Chief of Air Staff for approval. The note returned, unapproved, with the question, ‘Since when’ in red ink. I looked carefully and realized that the stenographer had typed “Thief of Air Staff” at the end of the order! WG CDR P. SINGH GULATI (RETD), Ludhiana ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO,while posted as an instructor at the Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, I decided to teach my then eight-year-old daughter, Mukta, how to climb the vertical rope. One morning, at the training ground, she attempted the rope, but couldn’t climb more than a few feet. Suddenly, an Alsatian appeared and started barking loudly.…

3 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! REST EASY Sleep has rightly been described as a balm for the physical well-being and mental poise of an individual [7 Surprising Ways to Get More Sleep]. With the increase in obstructive sleep apnoea and other sleep-related disorders, the tips in your story are very informative. In addition, regular physical exercise, a presleep routine of listening to music, developing positive thoughts and focusing on the breath will help an individual reap the benefits of good sleep. R. SRINIVASAN,Secunderabad THE GREEN BATTLE It is evident that the fight for a pristine, peaceful environment can be won by committed action [Guardians of the Forest]. The manner in which Prafulla Samantara has united the people of Niyamgiri and fought for them is remarkable. Large corporations often violate environmental norms in areas where they are involved…

6 min.
keeping the faith

WHEN INNOCENT LIVESare lost in the name of food, faith and terror, and invisible walls divide communities, it shakes us to the core. We bring you faith-affirming stories of people who are wiping away hate and giving peace a chance. Everyday stories of ordinary people who, with their acts of generosity, humanity and compassion, have kept the spirit of India alive. People who have stood by strangers and friends alike, through grief and distress, lent a helping hand and pulled them out of trouble. 1. Saviour driver Salim Mirza, the driver of the bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims rescued 49 of them during the shocking attack from insurgents last month. Displaying exemplary courage and presence of mind, Mirza drove on, through a hail of bullets and the dark mountainous terrain, on the…

3 min.
the beach is for the birds

THEDAILYBEAST.COM WILL SOMEONE PLEASE explain the beach to me? What if you’d never seen or heard of a beach and someone suggested you spend your holiday at a place where there’s a large, hot, windy expanse of ground-up stones, bordered by freezing water in such a state of agitation that going near it is like being targeted by Russian police water cannons at an anti-Putin demonstration, except the water has things in it that eat you? A place where your children will be fried until they blister, burst and peel like hot dogs left too long on the grill? Would you go there? You would, I discovered, if your wife and kids insisted. So we rented a cottage on the beach. On is a beach-cottage-rental technical term meaning “closer to the ocean…

3 min.
let harmony prevail

SECTARIANISM, BIGOTRY and, its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the deathknell of all fanaticism. You have heard [an] eloquent speaker say, “Let us cease from abusing each other,” and he was very sorry that there should be always so much variance. But I think I should tell you a story, which would illustrate the cause of this variance. A frog lived in a well. It had lived there for a…