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Reader's Digest India July 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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
abiding mysteries

IN AMITAV GHOSH’S new climate fiction, Gun Island (p 120), the narrator’s friend Cinta posits that the world today seems to be in the grip of a “demonic possession”. Finding him astonished, she explains, “Just look around you … everybody knows what must be done if the world is to continue to be a liveable place … and yet we are powerless … We go about our daily business … as though we were in the grip of forces that have overwhelmed our will; we see shocking and monstrous things … and we avert our eyes; we surrender ourselves willingly to whatever it is that has us in its power.” Rationalists will recoil at the idea, but, admittedly, the collective impassivity—indeed denial—of humans towards the climate crisis will remain an…

3 min.
over to you

A River Runs Through Us This story by Steve Salerno is beautifully narrated. One cannot help but recall Lord Alfred Tennyson’s ‘Song of the Brook’ and its immortal line: ‘For men may come and men may go—but I go on forever.’ Human life is a quest for joy and meaning, and as we grow, we distance ourselves from old relationships and make new connections. The permanence of nature and everlasting relationships, set in its midst, makes it all so beautiful. —DR N. GOPALAKRISHNAN, Bengaluru DR N. Gopalakrishnan gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of `1,000. —EDs 19 Things You Should Know About the 2019 Elections Dr Prannoy Roy and Mr Dorab R. Sopariwala have summed up the 2019 Lok Sabha elections rather well. Their pre-poll research and analysis offer deep insights. Some of their…

1 min.
see the world … … differently

A rental bicycle that could be used to get from point A could be left at point B, for a nominal price. A concept as simple as riding a bike and probably a very lucrative idea too! At least that’s what many Chinese start-ups thought during a recent rental-bike boom, flooding cities like Beijing, Wuhan and Xiamen with the two-wheelers. Why these companies then chose not to pick up all the bikes gathering at point B will remain their secret. What can no longer be hidden, however, is the thousands of colourful bicycles, which cluster to form mysterious works of art across the entire country. PHOTOS: (VORIGE SEITE) © PICTURE ALLIANCE/WANG ZHENG/PACIFIC PRESS; (DIESE SEITE) © WANG FENG/IMAGINECHINA/DPA…

5 min.
we need a law for water security

GOING THROUGH THE ELECTION manifestos of political parties during the recent general elections, I noticed that almost every party had promised piped water to homes everywhere. There was not a peep about the looming water crisis, though. How can you provide water when there is none to supply? India is currently reeling under a severe water crisis in 365 districts spread across 17 states. The nature of the crisis itself is quite diverse. There are drought conditions in parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka, with no access to water for humans, cattle or agriculture. According to a NITI Aayog report last year, as many as 600 million people in India were faced with high to extreme water crisis and 21 large cities—including Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai—will have no groundwater left by…

1 min.
overworked? you’re not the first

Neanderthal, 40,000 BCE Sorry, I can’t make it to your cave-painting-and-wine thing. I’ve been crashing on this new wheel design since this morning, and we still have to submit the specs for the fire concept to engineering. Innkeeper, 1 BCE I’m already late on the quarterly occupancy filing—will you tell the folks in the lobby that we don’t have any room tonight? The equine team might have the bandwidth to make some space in one of the stalls. Peasant, 1100 I can’t get away from this wheat productivity analysis for the duke. Any chance you can get the numbers from the other fiefdoms by close of business today? I’m having a tag-up with the agriculture team tomorrow, so it’d be great to have some fidelity on our progress. Rebel, 1775 Why is communications tasking us with an…

3 min.
go explore the world, before it changes

DEEP IN THE HEART OF SUMMER and a dystopian present, if there’s one desire that people share with each other right now, it is to escape. If you’re lucky enough to be able to take vacations sometimes—and haven’t yet this year—best to get to it while you still can, because tomorrow’s vacation, predictably, is going to be complicated. As we head into the future, artificial intelligence will grow even better at predicting exactly what sort of holiday we’d like based on our taste data, and packaging the whole experience for us. So expect those decisions to take far less time. Within a couple of decades, we’ll just be telling our digital assistants our travel dates and companions, letting them handle the rest. It won’t all be perfectly app-predictable, though. Climate…