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Reader's Digest India April 2018

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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.
dear reader

MY MOTHER WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED PROFESSIONAL and a gracious hostess, but she had a memory like a sieve. Once when a family friend was alone in town my mother invited him for Sunday lunch, and then promptly forgot she had. He arrived, no doubt expecting a delicious home-cooked meal, and then everyone waited … and waited for lunch while listening to increasingly strained social chit-chat. We were starving by the time Ma gave up politely waiting for our (uninvited, she thought) guest to go away, and said, “It’s late, why don’t you join us for lunch. It won’t be too special, but we would be delighted!” My husband’s grandfather had a volatile temper—the whole family would run for cover whenever he erupted. Once, on a whim, Dadu decided to paint an…

1 min.
humour in uniform

I WAS SENT to Japan by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center to work with US linguists. One day, I contacted the operator and said I wanted to call the centre in Monterey, California. “How do you spell it?” she asked. I said, “M as in Massachusetts, O as in Oregon, N as in Nevada …” “Wait, please,” said the operator. “How do you spell Massachusetts?” YEFIM M. BRODD OUR SHIP had been on deployment in the Red Sea for several months when we made a port stop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The weapons officer gathered all the spare change he could find to use the payphone on the jetty. He waited his turn in line, fed his money into the phone and dialled home. His seven-year-old answered and said, “Hi, Dad. Where are you?” The officer…

4 min.
over to you

THE ART OF GIVING I thank Venkat Krishnan for his thought-provoking article ‘Imagine You Can …’ I now have more money to share with those who have none. How? I have stopped holding on to extra sets of everything, such as wristwatches or footwear. I also practise the following: ? Do not go for overpriced branded items. Buy good quality, ordinary articles. ? Before you buy something, ask yourself, “Do I need it, or do I want it?” If you don’t need it resist the temptation to buy it. ? Cook consciously in order to avoid wastage. LILIAN STANLEY, Vellore THE PLACEBO EFFECT A placebo is a substance that has no physical effects and is given to patients who do not need medicine, but think they do [The Healing Power of You]. Therefore, it can be an…

3 min.
let me tell   you a story

Taslima Nasrin’s voice rang through the amphitheatre as the audience hung on to every word of the exiled Bangladeshi writer as she recited verses from ‘You Go Girl!’ She was narrating her remarkable life story, a saga of courage, resilience and resistance, at the first chapter of the Reader’s Digest Chronicles—an evening of storytelling in the heart of Delhi’s cultural hub, Triveni Kala Sangam. Springtime in Delhi is brief but magical. The stage, bedecked with flowers and tea lights, rang with stories from our star raconteurs Himanjali Sankar, Prayaag Akbar, Shubhra Gupta, Samit Basu, Nilanjana S. Roy and Taslima Nasrin. Nasrin was the surprise storyteller, her presence kept a secret until she walked up on stage. As she did, the amphitheatre burst into applause. The theme of the event, ‘What I talk…

2 min.
basketball cop

A MINUTE AFTER 5 p.m. on a Friday evening, Officer Bobby White of the Gainesville, Florida, police department got a call from dispatch about a noise complaint—some teens playing basketball. Officer White’s dash-cam video shows him pulling up outside a home in a down-and-out part of town. A teen stops playing as the officer walks towards him. “I could tell he was like, ‘Great, the cops are here. How’s this gonna go?’” says White, now 48. To put him at ease, White said, “Can you believe that someone’s calling about kids playing basketball?” Then he put his hand out for the ball. The tentative teen gave it to him. White turned towards the basket and clanked a shot off the rim. As a playground courtesy, the teen tossed the ball back…

3 min.
“the mountain’s on fire!”

MATTHEW LAYTON was 20 minutes from home in Sevierville, Tennessee, USA, on a cold November night in 2016 when he got a frantic call from his mother on his mobile phone. “The mountain’s on fire,” she screamed, “and Brian’s up there!” Layton’s family owned a dozen rental cabins on Shields Mountain, and Layton’s friend and fellow rental-cabin owner, Brian McGee, age 56, was apparently up there trying to put the fire out by himself. Layton, 32, hit the gas. He lived on the mountain too. He made it as far as the main road to the cabins, only to find a cop blocking all traffic. Layton turned around and headed for a dirt-and-gravel back road. He made it about halfway up the steep, winding, heavily rutted path before his front-wheel-drive car gave…