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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India March 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

2 min.
classic and timeless

WHEN DEWITT AND LILA WALLACE started Reader’s Digest in February 1922, several publishers predicted it was destined to fail. Wallace was a born reader, devouring every line of print he would set eyes on. He was not exactly academically accomplished, however, he was hungry for knowledge and marked out passages he loved while reading. That later became the basis for his obsession to start a digest, a publication halfway between a magazine and a book. He knew readers would appreciate condensed versions of selected articles—after all, not everyone had the time or money for multiple books and publications. These articles would reflect universal values—bring hope to readers, inspire them, enrich and stimulate their minds and offer practical advice. Our little magazine—that is a big read—was powered by this vision. It is…

1 min.
architectural negatives

Yves Ubelmann has certainly added flesh, blood and life to the skeletal science of photogrammetry (‘Back to the Future’). His project of digitization, of mapping distances between surface points of inventive pictures—shot with drones—of threatened monuments, will become a sort of architectural negative, which, if needed, can be used to repair or even recreate heritage structures. However, applied photogrammetry will find more immediate use in army reconnaissance. PROF MOHAN SINGH, Amritsar Prof Mohan Singh gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of `1,000.…

3 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! UNSUNG HEROES Congratulations for showcasing the yeomen service rendered to society by seven great Indians who deserve all the accolades and support (‘Extraordinary Indians’). Your cover story has brought to light the work of a handful of the Good Samaritans who are silently engaged in selfless service to humanity and remain unsung. Whenever I think of them, I am reminded of the immortal lines of Thomas Gray in his poem, ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’. YVONNE THARCIUS FERNANDO, Chennai The January issue brought warmth in the chill of winter. The cover story reminded me of a girl who used to come to us, my husband and I, for help. She was very sick. When her end was near we were at a loss for what to do next—she had no…

2 min.
humour in uniform

1960s AT MY AIR FORCE camp walking on the grass was strictly forbidden, but there were numerous offences and the men were wearing a path across the beautiful lawn. A sergeant of one unit tried several variations on the usual “Keep Off the Grass” signs. Finally he discovered a sign that worked. It read: “Short cut to the guardroom.” M. J. GILLIAM, MAY 1960 1970s AWARE OF THE gossip concerning the incompetence of military dentists, I was naturally apprehensive on my first visit to one. After a couple of pain-killing injections and 15 seconds of drilling, I was beginning to feel reassured. Then the bubble burst. The dentist suddenly stopped, turned to his nurse and said, “Heavens! I could have sworn that was a cavity!” ROBERT FLAHERTY, JULY 1970 1980s THE AKHNOOR CANAL near Jammu is notorious for mishaps,…

2 min.
notes from all over

1960s BABIES BORN in Britain before midnight 5 April earn a full year’s tax exemption, so, many parents plan their families accordingly. Statistics show March ushers in more babies than almost any other month because of the $322 exemption. Busy midwives refer to the final two weeks of March as the “Spring Handicap”. PAUL STEINER, NANA, March 1964 1970s POUR THOUSANDS of tiny plastic balls into a swimming pool and what have you got? A heated open-air pool that can be used even in winter when temperatures drop below freezing point. The floating balls cover the surface and act as an insulating blanket, keeping the water comfortably warm without interfering with swimmers’ actions. The balls are in use in some 100 private pools in Germany. Popular Mechanics, December 1974 1980s AN INDIAN ARMY supply depot near Bagdodra…

1 min.
fearless nadia

Masked, caped and armed with a whip, often atop a horse, hand raised defiantly in the air, and the signature “Hey-y-y”; the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Nadia—born to British and Greek parents—fought the bad guys and saved the day at a time when women in Indian cinema were passive objects of male desire. Although she was quickly embraced by the masses, there was some speculation over her ‘whiteness’—especially as she starred in films nationalistic in flavour: allegorically anti-British in a censored, pre-Independence India, that spoke of freeing the oppressed from the foreign oppressors. Film theorists believe her European origins may have played a part in legitimizing her position as the saviour, giving her the credibility and freedom that came with Western sophistication. This is a scene from the 1938 adventure film Lutaru Lalna, where…