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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India April 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.
heroes—real and reel

THERE ARE MANY REASONS why I am proud to serve at Reader’s Digest. People and their stories lie at the heart of everything we do in our magazine—we especially celebrate ordinary folks who have an extraordinary story. People who have transformed lives with their courage, compassion and capability; inspired us to battle on, bringing hope in the face of utter despair and showing us how to never say die. The good people who have brought a smile to our faces when we needed cheering up. Their stories reflect values we grew up with—rare in this crass, brutal world. Degree Prasad Chouhan, a young human-rights lawyer from Chhattisgarh is one such hero. He has shown exceptional fortitude and strength of character defending Dalit, Bahujan and Adivasi people in the face of dire…

3 min.
over to you

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL In the early ’60s, as a 20-something in Pune, I watched The Loudest Whisper, a film that talked about same-sex love. At the time the theme was taboo—socially, culturally, and above all, legally—and I wanted to forget it. But it left in me a ‘why not’ idea. Love needs support from all quarters—and even more so when it is ‘different’. Love, when mocked or opposed, turns into bitterness and hatred. And so, it was left to India’s highest judicial authority to come down heavily on an age-old dogma, to wipe out the injustice done to personal choice and freedom. The dogmas of the past cannot provide solutions for the present or future. The 97-year-old ‘little magazine that’s a big read’ rightly thought to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day…

3 min.
gitam committed to excellence

Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (known as GITAM) was established in 1980 by a group of reputed professionals led by Dr. M.V.V.S.Murthi. It is a premier Deemed-to-be University in the counby having a track record of 39 years in teaching and research of global standards and with diverse disciplines such as Engineering & Technology, Management, International Business, Life Sciences, Pharmacy, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Art & Humanities, Languages, Law and Medicine. The University has three picturesque campuses at Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. They are endowed with world-class infrastructure and well-equipped laboratories together with excellent student support services. GITAM’s 17 Institutes, 12 Disciplines, 52 Departments and 10 Research Centres are located at the above three places. GITAM offers 190 programs at UG, PG, Doctoral level and other programs. The University…

1 min.
humour in uniform

I WAS INSTRUCTING new recruits when an officer entered my classroom to observe and report on my teaching style. I thought I was on top of my game that day, but he was quite scrupulous. His written evaluation of me cited this issue: “Instructor loses eye contact with class while writing on blackboard.” HERM VAN LAAR AS A NEWLY COMMISSIONED subaltern, my first outdoor exercise was in the deserts of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. To help find our way during moonless nights in the Thar terrain, devoid of recognizable landmarks, our adjutant, in a formal briefing, gave us foolproof tips if we ever got lost. On the very first night, my navigation senses eluded me. I could find neither the mess, where I had started, nor the residence. Thankfully, I soon heard footsteps and called…

1 min.
… differently

In the evening, when the temperatures in Bangkok are at least a little more agreeable, the gates open to the Talad Rot Fai Night Market. Its roughly 2,000 stalls offer everything from antique cars to Japanese action figures—in fact, there is very little here that can’t be found, that is, outside of a train. Ironically enough, however, ‘Talad Rot Fai’ translated, actually means ‘train market’. This name derives from the fact that the location was once directly next to the train tracks. When the railway company decided to expand, the market simply moved to a new location, taking its name with it.…

3 min.
the lone warrior

“TO BE VICTORIOUS is colloquially called receiving a ‘degree’. When I was born, it was a moment of great joy for my family. My grandmother was the first to call me Degree. It stuck, somehow, and that’s the story behind my name!” laughs Degree Prasad Chouhan, 39, among the few remaining human-rights defenders of Dalit, Bahujan and Adivasi rights in the state of Chhattisgarh. Based in Raigarh, and working for marginalized communities who are often denied their fundamental rights, Chouhan has been targeted both by state and non-state actors. In August last year, a letter, purportedly written by Sudha Bharadwaj, national secretary of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Chhattisgarh, surfaced, naming, among others, “comrade Degree Prasad Chouhan, who was sent into the interiors by me, has returned … completing the…