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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India November 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.
children get it

READING ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES of women coming out with their horror stories in the context of #MeToo, one can only feel despair at the adult world. How did we get here? Misogyny, and the abuse of power and authority existed much before we found the words to describe them. Rampant and widespread, these were considered normal, until quite recently. Revelations of the sordid accounts of sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour in the wake of this massive pushback campaign (read In My Opinion on p 30), if only in a mostly urban context, have compelled many of us to rethink what we knew about grown-ups. The backlash unleashed by patriarchy, with intimidation and harassment, has only lowered our expectations further. With adults having ruined the world in so many ingenious ways—look around…

1 min.
humour in uniform

WHILE SERVING in Vietnam, my friend and his buddies were hunkered down in a mud-filled hole that had been dug into the side of a berm [an artificial ridge] and covered with lumber for protection. Their one extravagance: a bare light bulb they’d hung from the ‘ceiling’. One guy was reading a newspaper article from back home about a congressional investigation into why some troops were living in relative luxury. The guy put down the paper, turned to my friend and said, “Well, there goes the light bulb.” JAMES VALOUCH AS A. J. AND HIS PLATOON were marching, their sergeant slipped and tumbled down a ravine. The irate sergeant got back up amid guffaws and barked, “Those who laughed, get down and give me 20!” A. J. and some others fell to…

3 min.
over to you

AFFECTING ETERNITY Urmila Chowdhury’s remia niscence ‘Why I Became Teacher’ reminds me of a saying by Henry Adams: “A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops.” The process of teaching involves enabling students to discover and gain knowledge. Only exemplary teachers can stand as ideals and leave a lasting imprint on their students. As William Arthur Ward said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” DR VRINDA MENON, Thrissur LAUGHTER THERAPY The article ‘Brilliant and Funny’ touches upon how a sense of humour helped Stephen Hawking not only explain scientific facts but also endure his terminal illness. This also brought home memory of perhaps the greatest humourist of our time, Art Buchwald. He was separated from his mother soon after birth.…

5 min.
saviour boy

EVERY MONSOON, rains flood Assam with unfailing regularity, claiming loved ones, homes and livelihoods. This year was no exception. Heavy showers throughout India’s north-east regions caused the Brahmaputra to swell, leaving chaos in its wake. On 5 September 2018, at around 1 p.m., 11-year-old Kamal Krishna Das stood patiently with his mother, Jitumoni Das and aunt, Meenakshi Das, on a ferry crossing the river. His grandmother was on her way to a pilgrimage and they had gone to south Guwahati to see her off. They were now headed home, located on the northern bank of the river, with little idea that their journey was about to turn into a terrifying misadventure. The ferry—carrying 28 people—was unusually slow that day. Still, passengers did not give it much thought, until they noticed the smoke.…

1 min.
see the world differently

The sun never sets at the Palau de la Música Catalana! This palatial concert hall in Barcelona possesses its very own day star—in the form of a massive, stained-glass dome. The work of Spanish artist Antoni Rigalt, the dome weighs hundreds of kilograms and curves downwards towards visiting eyes. The numerous windows also mean that this breath-takingly spectacular concert hall needs no artificial lighting during the day, making it even more unique. FOTOS: (VORIGE SEITE) © GETTY IMAGES/1001NIGHTS; (DIESE SEITE) © GETTY IMAGES/DANNY LEHMAN…

3 min.
all in a day’s work

SCENE: A graphic artist consulting with a client. Client: I’m not too sure about the blue … Me: Actually, that’s green. Client: Who’s the client? Me: You. Client: And what colour is it? Me: … Blue? Client: Right. Now let me see what other shades of blue we have. We settled on pine tree “blue”. Source: clientsfromhell.net AFTER SIGNING OFF from my last container ship earlier this year, I was on my way home to Mumbai. I began a friendly chat with my on-flight co-passenger, who asked me about my profession. I replied that I work in the merchant navy. Unaware of the difference, and as proud as she was of our defence forces, she said, “Thank you for your service.” I smiled and answered, “If you’re referring to your Christmas gifts, I’m glad they reached on time.” HIMANSHU SAWANT,…