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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India February 2019

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

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.”—Jane Austen Love can be such a beautiful place—sometimes soft and misty like a Monet painting; flaming and intense at other times. But it’s always powerful and sublime, like a musical sonata. When love arrives, it never calls in advance. It is the reason we lie to our loved ones; why we turn strange and obsessive, forgetting the world. But when love happens, hate dies. Yet love seems to trigger hate. From Romeo and Juliet to Nagraj Manjule’s film Sairat, where a Dalit boy falls in love with an upper-caste girl and it all culminates in a chillingly violent climax. Or Margarita with a Straw, where one young woman falls in love with another young woman, resulting in unbearable pain and loss. These…

3 min.
over to you

RAYS OF HOPE ‘Whatever goes up comes down’ is a proven law. But ‘when prayers go up blessings come down’ is the Yuletide maxim of hope and faith! When the cover story happens to be a classic as well, can there be a match for it? ‘A Season of Miracles’ is a remarkable collection of straight-from-the-heart stories. Desiree’s mermaid balloon landing in Mermaid Lake reminds us that God is forever ready to help those in need of peace and comfort. DR N. GOPALAKRISHNAN, Bengaluru I have no words to express my feelings after reading Desiree’s story. In this world, where true humanity is largely lost, the MacKinnons are a ray of hope. I wish to reread this story an infinite number of times. It made me (a restless boy) sit still and introspect. SAYAK…

5 min.
power to the people

IN THE EARLY ’90s, Anshu Gupta, then a young freelance journalist, used to roam the streets of Delhi in search of stories of people who remained invisible. This is when he met Habib bhai, a middle-aged man who lived on the pavement outside Delhi’s LNJP Hospital and delivered unclaimed dead bodies to the police. His cart was a moving advertisement for his work—‘laawaris laash uthaane wala’ scribbled on it. Habib bhai got paid ₹2 and some cloth for every dead body he handed over to the police. The winter months were busy, Habib bhai had said matter-of-factly. After all, many more homeless people died in the bitter Delhi cold—sometimes up to 10 to 12 a day. Gupta followed him around for a whole week to understand what it meant to be…

3 min.
to be continued …

CASABLANCA RICK: Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Here’s looking at you, kid. (Ilsa gets on the plane. Louis sidles up to Rick.) LOUIS: What was that? RICK: Hm? LOUIS: A hill of— RICK: Oh, that. Don’t ask. I know. I was figuring to be romantic. LOUIS: Let’s play a game called “try to name something less romantic than a hill of beans”. I’ll go first: nothing. I win. RICK: I got nervous. I didn’t know what to say. It worked in the moment. LOUIS: When I get nervous, I’ll pause, maybe even stammer. I don’t go straight to legume imagery. RICK: Yeah, I suppose we just get nervous differently. (a beat) LOUIS: And “Here’s looking…

7 min.
yes, we can

TONIGHT IT’S MY TURN to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired and kept me going. Every day, I learnt from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man. It was on the streets where I witnessed the power of faith and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss. This is where I learnt that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it. After eight years as your president, I still believe that. It’s the conviction that we are all created equal, endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the…

1 min.
all in a day’s work

AS THE DENTIST laboured over my teeth, he tried to make small talk. “What do you do?” he asked. “I’m a comedian,” I answered. “Interesting.” After a pause, he said, “Let’s get an impression—” “It’s more observational humour, actually,” I interrupted. “I don’t do impressions.” The dentist continued, “—of your teeth.” MICHAEL BUZZELLI I WORK IN THE front office of a housing complex that supports people living with mental illness. On one particularly hectic day, a tenant came in to pay her rent. Frazzled, I said, “Ever have one of those days when you feel everyone is out to get you?” She smiled and replied, “I take medication for that.” SARAH PENNISI Reader’s Digest will pay for your funny anecdote or photo in any of our humour sections. Post it to the editorial address, or email: editor.india@rd.com…