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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India February 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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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 for…

2 min.
dear reader

I HAVE AN AUNT WHO, like any senior citizen, worries about where to invest her money. Her son says she is addicted to insurance—it’s like smoking for her. She buys it compulsively for herself and her children. The truth is, seeing that she lives alone and has money to invest, banks and agents mis-sell a load of products that bag them handsome commissions. This is entirely to their benefit, not hers. Financial advice can be a slippery slope. Who do you trust, how do you know you are on firm ground? While money decisions are based on hard facts, markets tend to follow their own logic, swayed by hype and sentiment. How do you keep your nest egg safe and make it grow so that life is comfortable—now and post-retirement? Reader’s Digest…

1 min.
humour in uniform

WHILE I WAS ATTENDING the Army’s Airborne School, USA an instructor demonstrated all the possible parachute malfunctions one might encounter. A student asked, “If we have a complete malfunction, how much time do we have to deploy our reserve parachutes?” Our instructor answered, “The rest of your life.” Source: netfunny.com THE INDIAN ARMY is very strict about their rules, even if it is for God. A makeshift temple had been built in a forward post and everyone would assemble there for puja. One evening, the commanding officer joined them and he was surprised to find Lord Krishna alone on the pedestal, without his consort Radha. “Where is Radha?” he asked. “Sir, she can’t come here,” a jawan replied, “it’s a non-family station.” Reader’s Digest will pay for your funny anecdote or photo in any of our…

4 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! FUNNY BONES ‘Smart People Being (Very) Dumb’ was a real treat and made me laugh out loud several times. I am going to keep this issue safe and re-read it when my spirits need a lift. Zohar Lazar’s illustrations added to the fun quotient. SHIRIN PAIS, via email A MATTER OF ATTIRE Today, few would regard shirts and trousers, or a colourful sari, as evidence of “sartorial inelegance” [‘The Case of the Appropriate Attire’]. To state that such attire “undermines the majesty of law” appears a little farfetched. The high court’s order also appears to go against the spirit of the Supreme Court’s pronouncements on the right to privacy enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution. SUNIL MATHUR, Allahabad ROAD TO DISCOVERY Srikaran Masabathula’s ‘The Road Less Travelled’ was soul stirring and made me realize…

3 min.
bridge builder

IT WAS 9 P.M. on a dark, chilly night in November 2015. Desmond Powell, then 17, was walking home from a basketball game along an empty seven-lane road in Manchester, New Hampshire, US; he was looking forward to seeing his mum and grabbing dinner. As he approached the Granite Street Bridge, he noticed something peculiar—a person was sitting on the cement railing, legs dangling over the Merrimack River, about 100 feet below. “At first I thought he was just hanging out. But as I got closer, I heard him muttering. Then I clearly heard ‘I’m just gonna jump,’” says Powell. The stranger was slender, probably in his 20s, Powell thought. He wore dark clothing, and his red hair was topped by a baseball cap. “Hey, buddy, what are you doing?” Powell asked.…

6 min.
unmasking aadhaar

SUCHETA DALAL is the Managing Editor of Moneylife and founder of its associate, non-profit Moneylife Foundation. A business journalist for over three decades, she has been engaged in spreading financial literacy and consumer awareness. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006. THE MINDLESS, MANDATORY biometric linkage of Aadhaar numbers to every aspect of our lives—from birth to death, telephones and bank accounts—is causing widespread harassment. It has, finally, woken up many who believed the hype that biometric identification was a gift to citizens and a world-beating technological leap. The number of people who are wary about the risks involved in Aadhaar linkages has now risen dramatically, with details of its fallibility being widely reported. But the continued coercive tactics by phone companies, banks, insurers, cooking gas suppliers and regulators indicate…