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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India June 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.
memories of june

WHEN I THINK ABOUT SUMMER VACATION afternoons, memories swim about in my head in slow motion. It is hot and sultry outside and everyone is either at work or napping. The whirring of fans is the only sound you can hear in the house. I’m done reading most of the books I can call my own, so I run my fingers over the others, one spine at a time, where Shakespeare is snugly fitted in with Anaïs Nin in the same row on the shelves. I stop, browse and put her back in quietly. No, no one is looking. I find old family albums, where everyone looks much younger, the pictures are slightly yellow and frayed, fixed in photo corners. I spot a young man, whom I do not recognize,…

3 min.
over to you

SYSTEM FAILURE A relevant entry to the ‘Glossary of Governance’ is systemic failure. Bank scams, poor flood relief, train accidents, question paper leaks, inflation and communal clashes can all be attributed to it. Accountability cannot be fixed on any specific individual because this is the effect of multiple causes interlinked in complex ways. R. NARAYANAN, Thiruvananthapuram MAKE IT COUNT The compensation of ₹4 lakh awarded for a woman’s death due to negligence is very meagre. Apart from her earnings as a porter, she was also a homemaker—a role she was never paid for. While recognizing this as a case of negligence on the part of the electricity board, the court should have ordered a compensation of at least ₹50 lakh. This would have brought some solace to the bereaved family and acted as a…

1 min.
humour in uniform

DURING WORLD WAR II, my father often found himself stuck with kitchen duty. One day, convinced he could improve things, he told the head cook, “If you give me a paring knife, I could peel these potatoes faster.” The cook turned slowly to my father and said, “Son, you’re in the Army. You have plenty of time.” JACK GIRARD DAD ALWAYS bragged about the gunners on his ship. Once during target practice, an unmanned drone flew past an anti-aircraft cruiser. The cruiser opened up, shells furiously flying all around the drone but not hitting it. Then came Dad’s ship’s turn. The gunner’s very first shot sent the drone into the water! Forty years later, Dad met the man responsible, and he told him how impressed he had been. “Yeah, I got in a lot…

3 min.
sowing hope

“How do you tell someone who’s lost a child to poor nutrition that this is God’s plan?” BY THE SUMMER OF 2005, the Reverend Richard Joyner of Conetoe Chapel Missionary Baptist Church realized he was conducting funerals twice a month—a startling number given his town’s tiny population. Nearly 300 souls call Conetoe (pronounced ‘ka-’nee-ta’) home. The predominantly African-American hamlet is situated in North Carolina’s Edgecombe County, USA, where a quarter of households live below the poverty line and heart disease kills more 20- to 39-year-olds than do car accidents. “I’ve closed too many coffins on young people,” Joyner, 64, says. The pastor found it difficult to comfort the grieving: “How do you tell someone who’s just lost a child to poor nutrition that this was God’s plan when it was totally preventable?…

2 min.
please take this dining (dis)satisfaction survey

FROM DEARCUSTOMERRELATIONS.COM Dear □ Stars of the Culinary Firmament □ Sirs □ Cretins, My □ wife □ family □ friends □ business colleagues and I had the □ privilege □ dubious pleasure □ gross misfortune of dining at your establishment on __ __ __ __ __ __. (insert date) It was certainly a visit I won’t forget in a hurry. The starters took so long to arrive, I almost □ died with the sheer pleasure of anticipation. □ grew a beard. □ broke into the kitchen and made them myself. And when they did arrive, they were □ a revelation. □ an abomination. □ not big enough to satisfy a gerbil after bariatric surgery. The steak that followed was □ exquisitely flavoured and expertly cooked à point. □ probably once known as Yoda. □ so rare, it was asking for an appointment at the vet. As for the sauce, it was □ out of this world. □ out of a…

5 min.
heroine of her own epic

“BUT WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? If we knew of experienced women with leadership skills, we would surely nominate them.” This is the most infuriating defence offered for the exclusion of women from leadership roles and political nominations. Most infuriating because it demonstrates clearly that no effort has been made to identify, contact and include the countless women who make schools, colleges, residents’ welfare associations, mohalla committees, consumer action groups and other collective or social activities run smoothly. Their work underpins a host of social goals from education to public health to alleviating the consequences of social inequality but, leave alone acknowledged, it is not seen. To this end, feminists set about making women’s work visible in many ways. We write histories that uncover their work in areas as varied as science and…