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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India March 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.
we remember it for you wholesale

FLIPPING THROUGH an old photo album is like returning home, to the place where you belong. Fragments of life, some faded and chipped, some intact, take you by the hand on a journey where you find yourself. You remember wholesale—with rich sensory inputs—what’s lost along the way. The laughter or song of someone whose memory is all you have. You see yourself from a distance—with distance. You see the past, and the people from it, in the light of what you know now. Dusting off old issues of Reader’s Digest and reading through them also takes me to another place and time. I meet the writers and editors who made our beloved magazine what it is. I spot a white Post-it with a few page numbers scribbled on it—probably from an…

3 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! WIPING OUT THE BAD There are enough people down the ages who have brought disgrace to humankind, but good deeds performed by individuals such as Dr Prakash Amte have redeemed us, as the January cover story demonstrated. As doctors they could have minted money by practising in big cities. Yet, Amte and his wife Mandakini chose to offer humanitarian service in remote tribal areas. Their selfless work has not only transformed the lives of villagers but wild animals and birds as well. India—indeed the world—needs such altruism to wipe clean the sins of the selfish and cold-hearted. MANJEET SINGH ISHAR, Mohali BE THE CHANGE The mark of a true teacher is that they do not just preach, but inspire through action. ‘Extraordinary Indians’ was inspirational. I attended a conference where Sonam Wangchuk…

3 min.
five readers, one digest

THE SUN DISAPPEARED as my boat train left the harbour of Turku for Helsinki. Then the rain began. I had a window seat in the train compartment, my fellow passengers being three gentlemen and a lady. These foreigners were probably in my Finland for the first time, so I wished they could see our beautiful country in glorious sunshine. At first my companions peered out the window, but when the villages yielded to mile after mile of forest—which you often see from a train in Finland—they began to lose interest. The lady leaned her head against a cushion and closed her eyes. A stockily built male traveller yawned wide enough to betray a gold-capped tooth. The second man stirred himself to reach down a brown leather case from the rack and take…

5 min.
the great bathroom conspiracy

TOILETS HIDE THE PAPER. Washbasins won’t hold water. You’d have to be an engineer to work today’s showers. What’s the world coming to? Using a bathroom ought to be the simplest job in the world. You go in, close the door, turn on the faucet and get water, hot or cold as your need dictates. But today’s water closet has become so complicated that no mere mortal can make it function. Take a look at my bathroom and you’ll spot the major problem right away. I have three sources of water—one for the sink, one for the shower and one for the john. But the controls for each are wildly different from the other two. A man could go nuts in here. The washbasin has very fancy, expensive faucets, the cold-water right one…

2 min.
humour in uniform

1960s AT A BRITISH naval barracks the enlisted men were being given their shots prior to going overseas. One cheerful Scottish lad, having received his series of injections, asked for a glass of water. “What’s the matter, mate?” asked the sick-bay attendant. “Do you feel faint?” “No,” replied Jock. “I just want to see if I’m still watertight.” W. G. BARRETT, JUNE 1966 A YOUNG ENSIGN after nearly completing his first overseas cruise, was given an opportunity to display his capabilities at getting the ship under way. With a slur of commands, he had the decks buzzing with men, and soon the ship was steaming out of the channel en route to the United States. His efficiency established a new record for getting a destroyer under way, and he was not surprised when a seaman…

5 min.
the best advice i ever had

IT WAS A NEIGHBOUR of ours in Warsaw who, when I was nine years old, spoke the words which have meant more to me than any other advice I have ever had. My mother had been ill for a long time and it was uncertain whether she would live. I was sobbing bitterly outside our front door. Our neighbour, an old man who wore his years with dignity, put an arm around me, quietened my sobbing and said: “Remember, Samuel, a man’s most precious possession is his courage. No matter how black things seem, if you have courage, darkness can be overcome.” Those two simple sentences made a profound impression on me, young as I was. From that moment on, I was able to face my mother’s illness determined that my courage…