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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India January 2018

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

1 min.
get more rd

We’re online ... Browse through our website for the latest stories from India. Share the links with your friends from abroad who don’t have access to good news from here. Go to readersdigest.co.in/contactus to leave us a note. ... And on email Tell us a story if it hasn’t already been published, for our Kindness of Strangers and My Story sections. Anecdotes and jokes are welcome in Life’s Like That; Humour in Uniform; As Kids See It; Laughter, the Best Medicine; All in a Day’s Work and It Happens Only in India. Do share the source, so we can verify the facts. Mail us at editor.india@rd.com Digital Edition RD is now available as a digital edition! Pay `100 for an issue and enjoy the magazine on your phone or tablet. Visit http://subscriptions.intoday.in/subscriptions/rd/digital-magazinesubscription.jsp Customer Services Contact Customer Services…

2 min.
heroes among us

MEETING AYISHA FALAQ, you would never guess her secret. Anyone could be fooled by her diminutive frame and large beautiful eyes, as were the two criminals she roundly defeated in a late-night operation. Colin Gonsalves could have used his IIT degree to build a life of comfort anywhere in the world. Instead, he chose to become an advocate of human rights, for those who have none. Jamuna Tudu was an ordinary village girl when she decided that the forest beyond her village must be saved. Today this feisty woman has galvanized her entire district to do so, pushing back the timber mafia. We often lament the lack of heroes in our lives. That courage, compassion, idealism, a giving heart and selfless public service are rare in today’s world. Our New Year…

4 min.
over to you

THE SECRET TO SUCCESS Satya Nadella’s life [‘The Empathy Code’] inspires many to live their dreams of being the best. At a time when engineering students are the butt of many jokes, there’s no better way to boost their morale and answer the question, ‘What can an engineering graduate do?’, than by pointing to the man himself. He stands as a pillar of inspiration. His advice, to “live mindfully in the moment”, may sound like a cliché, but is important to remember in our journey towards success. SREEHARI P. V., Kannur, Kerala THE RING THING I agree with the verdict in the case of the engagement ring [You Be the Judge] because the use of sarcasm was probably an afterthought. The judge let Christa Clark retain the ring. Was it a man’s ego that…

1 min.
humour in uniform

AS I WAS PASSING through the Delhi Cantonment area on my way to work, I spotted an extraordinary placard on the gate of an army officer’s quarters. The sign read: “The Dog is OK, Beware of the Owner!” AMIT TANWAR, New Delhi THE VETERANS WHO attend our church were invited to wear their uniforms one Sunday. My husband, who did not wear his, instead stood up and pointed to his lapel and the First Cavalry Division emblem he had received in Korea. He then explained sheepishly, “This is the only part of my uniform that still fits.” PAT QUESENBURY Reader’s Digest will pay for your funny anecdote or photo in any of our jokes sections. Post it to the editorial address, or email: editor.india@rd.com…

1 min.
see the world differently

Even if this looks like the work of extraterrestrials, these circular shapes are purely human in origin. After more than two years of planning and 15 days of hands-on work, the American artist Jim Denevan and three of his colleagues created this spectacular piece of art in the desert sands of Black Rock, Nevada. A circumference of more than 14 kilometres not only guarantees that this work is visible at an altitude of 12,000 metres (as on this page), but also makes it the largest sand drawing in the world!…

2 min.
absurdly positive

NOT SO LONG AGO news broke that scientists had discovered a virus that caused stupidity. Given the epidemic levels of half-witted behaviour, online and off, it took time for people to believe it was fake news. It was simply too close to home. Yet again, human stupidity was in the forefront in 2017. Times like these make bright people, who also make us laugh, more precious to us. We asked some of the country’s most-loved comedians to share their special wish for 2018. NEETI PALTA @neetipalta There should be special gyms where people can develop a beefy sense of humour. Wouldn’t it be more fun to watch parliamentary or news channel debates where people get their point across using wit rather than sheer lung power? The world would be a better place if everyone…