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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India September 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.
all that i have are these

OFTEN ON LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOONS, we would spread out on my mother’s bed, awash in the winter sun, with books and old photo albums. Snuggling against her, I would look at each picture, and ask, “Who’s this?” or, “What is this place?” at every turn of a page. I now realize how patient Ma was responding to me, immersed in her book, or trying to get that precious shut-eye at the end of a week. Old photos are time frozen in an album, moments in which the person or place was caught, remaining alive forever. There are so many stories behind each. Stories of love and loss, of people from god knows when, family picnics and vacations. Then there’s that photograph—a young woman or man looking awkwardly at the camera—to be…

4 min.
over to you

FEEDBACK ON OUR JULY ISSUE WRITE & WIN! A BLACK CAT IN A DARK ROOM? Amanda Riley-Jones has made the narration on a subject that is otherwise dry an interesting read [‘Where is Everybody?’]. For a layperson, spending trillions of dollars of precious resources on the search for aliens may not make sense. Perhaps the comparison will be with a blind man searching for a black cat in a dark room. Human imagination has no limits, so the search for aliens will continue. I am yet to read the book by Dr Stephen Webb. However, have the researchers factored in the possibility of aliens who can become invisible, like sound or magnetic waves, and maybe are around us, watching us, enjoying our stupidity? I am not sure. For now, let us believe that aliens…

1 min.
humour in uniform

THREE REASONS this soldier’s spouse loves the nomadic military life: 1. Who doesn’t like doing maths to figure out what time businesses open and close? (“1830 hours is what time o’clock, again?”) 2. I’ve always wanted to have kids that doubled as travel souvenirs. “Well, my first was born in Texas, my second in Germany …” 3. Green is my favourite colour. Especially in socks. JESSICA HALL MY DAD AND UNCLES were all in the army during wartime, but only two of the three served overseas. One day, at an event honouring military veterans, a young man asked where they had been stationed. “I served in Japan,” said Uncle Sid. “I served in Korea,” said Uncle Jerry. “Baltimore,” said Dad. “Keeping it safe for democracy.” LORI SHANDLE-FOX Reader’s Digest will pay for your funny anecdote or photo in any of…

1 min.
… differently

Hundreds of soldiers melting into one huge painting? In Mexico that is exactly what happened on 16 September 2017. On this day, Mexican nationals commemorate their independence from Spain with numerous celebrations across the country. The capital, Mexico City, annually hosts a massive military parade. Last year, the soldiers used square boards to form a humongous copy of the painting Alegoría de la Constitución de 1857 (Allegory of the Constitution of 1857) by Petronilo Monroy.…

3 min.
wanted: a personal assistant

MARY CELLA is a stand-up comedian and a writer. I’M A VERY BUSY WOMAN looking for an assistant to help me with certain important tasks. This is not your average assistant job. What I’m looking for is someone to take care of some of my more personal business so that I may focus on my true passion: grocery shopping. Please apply if and only if you are willing and able to accomplish the following tasks: WORK I would love to have a nine-to-five job. However, I find sitting in an office all day unbearable. An ideal assistant would secure a high-paying office job and excel in that setting, even going so far as to eagerly accept every invitation to after-work drinks. ATTEND DOCTORS’ APPOINTMENTS I’m looking for someone to not only set…

4 min.
we need to make education a political issue

ATISHI MARLENA is an advisor on education to the current deputy chief minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia. WHEN I WAS DOING MY MASTERS in history at the University of Oxford, UK, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan broke out. Students all over the world, including me, protested. But nothing changed really. It was then that I realized that to change people’s world view, you need to change the education that shapes it in the first place. While at one level we have to work on improving structures, systems, politics, the economy and so on, at the centre of all this is the human being and how that human being thinks, chooses to act in the world and reacts are going to be determined by the education we give them in the…