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Reader's Digest India August 2019

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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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1 min.
get more rd

All New Website! From stories published in our print editions, classics from our hallowed archives, jokes, news and never-before-seen web-exclusive articles, our new-look website’s got it all. Visit www.readersdigest.co.in today! Want To Get Published? Send us your original stories, funny anecdotes or jokes and get a chance to be featured in one of these monthly columns—Kindness of Strangers, My Story, Life’s Like That, Humour in Uniform, As Kids See It, Laughter the Best Medicine, All in a Day’s Work or It Happens Only in India. Do share the source, so we can verify the facts. Mail us at editor.india@rd.com or upload them on www.readersdigest.co.in/share-your-story or www.readersdigest.co.in/share-your-joke. Digital Edition RD is now available as a digital edition! Pay `100 for an issue and enjoy the magazine on your phone or tablet. Visit http://subscriptions.intoday.in/subscriptions/rd/digital-magazinesubscription.jsp Customer Services Contact Customer Services for renewals,…

1 min.
sorry, not sorry

Many years ago we had left our home in Kolkata to go to a friend’s lunch near Gariahat, a 15-minute walk away. A bit late, we rushed to a black-and-yellow taxi outside our gate. The driver was resting on the front seat—he lifted his head with great effort and looked up. “Gariahat? You want to take a taxi to … Gariahat?” he asked, scowling. “Yes, will you drop us?” my husband asked. “Young people these days, I tell you. It’s around the corner—walk!” And he went back to sleep, leaving us stunned. Let this be clear: I will rage, angst or laugh at my hometown, but I will have no one else mock it. Ditto for this country. There are any number of situations in India that leave us with our hair standing on…

4 min.
over to you

They Gave Millions to Charity Juliana LaBianca’s article on common people who amassed wealth in millions and then donated it to charities after their deaths, shook me to the core. They could easily have led a lavish life, but instead, they chose to live frugally and donate their riches for a greater cause. It’s also worth noting that they stayed away from the limelight, which is such a refreshing contrast to today’s publicity-driven world, where almost all good deeds are broadcast over social media, often by the doers themselves. Hats off to these great men and women—let us all aspire for the same selflessness and humility. —PRITI PAWASKAR, MUMBAI Priti Pawaskar gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of `1,000. —EDs The New-Look June Issue Going through the June issue of the magazine with…

5 min.
a noteworthy life

July 2007. A BBC concert showcasing the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The performance ends to thunderous applause. The dancers and musicians in the orchestra stand, look proudly around, smile and bow, while the audience claps on and on. Calls of “bravo!” echo through the hall. Among the crowd, transfixed, is 41-year-old Dr Luis Dias. He had heard of this ensemble and knew it consisted solely of children from South Africa’s poorest townships, but had never seen them performing live. Speaking about it years later, his voice still filled with awe, he says: “That concert just blew my mind.” Born in 1966 to an illustrious family of Goan doctors, Dias followed in his family’s footsteps and pursued medicine, specializing in gynaecology and obstetrics. Trained in…

4 min.
the search for india

IT WAS ABSURD, OF COURSE, to think of India or any country as a kind of anthropomorphic entity. I did not do so. I was also fully aware of the diversities and divisions of Indian life, of classes, castes, religions, races, different degrees of cultural development. Yet, I think that a country with a long cultural background and a common outlook on life develops a spirit that is peculiar to it and that is impressed on all its children, however much they may differ among themselves. Can anyone fail to see this in China, whether he [the common man] meets an old-fashioned mandarin or a Communist who has apparently broken with the past? It was this spirit of India that I was after, not through idle curiosity, though I was…

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appreciated in the afterlife

When you die, you are put on a pedestal. The terrible faults you possess while you’re alive are transformed into wonderful qualities as soon as you’ve gone. BEFORE: He has a really nasty disposition. He flies into a rage at the drop of a hat, he’s unbearable. AFTER: He was quite a character. He was certainly never one to let people take advantage of him. BEFORE: He eats too much, he drinks too much. He’s got high cholesterol and a damaged liver. AFTER: He was a bon viveur, an epicurean who knew how to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. BEFORE: I’ve never seen such a nosy blabbermouth of a woman, a real scandalmonger. She’s the ultimate gossip queen. AFTER: She had an unfailing interest in other people and a permanent need to communicate with…