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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India May 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.
lest we forget

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM the nomadic Bakarwal community goes missing from her home in Kathua in January. Investigations reveal that she was kidnapped, confined, sedated and raped repeatedly by a juvenile and three men of varying ages. The charge sheet filed by the police details shocking injuries to her body, along with the accounts of torture and rape, where the men took turns to violate her repeatedly over five days, under the eye of their elders and policemen. They hid her in a Devisthan, run by the main accused, and put her through a cycle of violence, performing rituals in between. They shoved sedatives down her delicate mouth, raping and tattering her—apparently entertainment for the menfolk of an entire family—before killing her. But no, they kept her alive for a few…

1 min.
humour in uniform

I WAS IN A RESTAURANT having lunch when I noticed four men dressed in camouflage uniforms seated nearby. I’m proud of the men and women who serve our country, so I walked over to the group and said, “I just want to thank you for your service, and it would be an honour to buy your lunch.” One man put down his fork, looked up and said, “We appreciate that, ma’am; thank you. But we’re not in the military. We’re on a hunting trip.” RENEE SETTLEMIRES MY FAMILY went to a minor-league baseball game while I was stationed at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia, USA. My mother decided it would be a great idea to mail me a baseball cap signed by the team. “It’s for my daughter who couldn’t come,” she explained…

6 min.
over to you

DOWN MEMORY LANE From the time of ‘Have Your Say’ to ‘React’ and now ‘Over to You’, Reader’s Digest has thrived on a strong bond between the readers and the editorial team. The collector’s edition delved deep into the past. While sections like ‘Laughter, the Best Medicine’, ‘Humour in Uniform’ and ‘All in a Day’s Work’ continue to be all-time favourites, I do miss ‘Picturesque Speech’. The March edition with its handpicked vignettes took me back to the ’80s when, as a young college student, I started my journey with RD. VIJAI PANT, Kashipur, Uttarakhand The moment I had my copy of the March issue, I went into ecstasy. As an avid reader of RD from the ’60s, I have had enough time to read the wonderful stories that adorn the magazine, with…

2 min.
the storybook barber

“HEY, HOW YOU DOIN’? I’m Courtney. What grade are you in? Third? What’s your favourite book? Elephant and Piggy? Yeah, I got it.” If you thought you’d walked into a library with a greeting like that, you wouldn’t be too far off. In fact, you’ve entered the workplace of Courtney Holmes, aka the Storybook Barber. Two years ago, Dubuque, Iowa, in the US, held its first annual Back to School Bash, offering needy families an opportunity to learn about free resources in the community. Holmes agreed to participate. He was holding down two jobs at the time—one with the city’s public works department, the other as a barber. Saturday was his busiest haircutting day, but he chose to donate his time and give free haircuts to underprivileged kids so they’d look sharp…

3 min.
without hesitation

ON A BRIGHT Friday afternoon in spring, Sumeja Tulic had every reason to relish walking the streets of New York, a city she’d moved to nine months earlier from London to attend journalism school. “When the weather is good, it’s very hard to find a reason to be me lancholic or dissatisfied with the city,” she said. Ye t her time in New York coincided with a season of ceaseless ugliness in politics and acts of terrorism around t he world. “One day you laugh, and then you’re angry,” said Tulic, a Bosnian Libyan. As she walked towards the subway station, she thought, “‘Please, God, I want to see something nice,’” she said. “Enough of this craziness.” At the City Hall station, she settled on to a bench. It was just after 2…

5 min.
so you’re going to the royal wedding!

Tom Markle and Doria Radlan request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter, Rachel Meghan Markle, to Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor on the nineteenth of May, two thousand and eighteen. PIP-PIP, Old Bean, the royal wedding is nigh, and you can’t wait to attend! In preparation, you’ve caught up on the first two seasons of The Crown, boned up on your P. G. Wodehouse and suffered through a dish of blood pudding. Yes, you are ready! All you need now is an invitation. Hmm, it’s no doubt on your dining room table, buried beneath that mountain of Bed Bath & Beyond coupons. While you sift through, let’s review a checklist of everything you’ll need to know. 1 GIFTS Even under normal circumstances, buying a wedding gift is complex.…