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Reader's Digest India September 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

1 min.
to miss, with love

AS LITTLE GIRLS, we played School-School. The whole point of the game was to get to be the teacher and boss over the ‘children’. Endless afternoons were spent mimicking Miss—teaching the class, firmly punishing or reprimanding them, then deciding to reluctantly forgive later. Tests were conducted in a tense atmosphere. Correcting the answer scripts was the best—with the flourish of a red pen you got to decide your friends’ fates. Perhaps we were preparing ourselves for the harsh adult world that awaited us. All this was so long ago that ‘superheroes’ had not entered our vocabulary. For every little girl—and boy (except those determined to become engine drivers)—our teachers were our heroes. Then, growing up, we saw the world in a new light, and their capes began to fall away. We learnt…

3 min.
over to you

Yes, We Can, and We Did! ‘Live Your Dream’ is an excellent example of how strong willpower, perseverance and the desire to achieve your goal can lead to success. The inspiring story of Mala Dutt can galvanize women who may have had to abandon their academics and careers. The social norms that confine women need to change. They must come forward to live their dreams rather than be reticent. And for those who feel handling education and family are demanding, Mala Dutt is a glowing example. Not to forget Shukla Lal, who reminded me of Colonel Sanders, who started the KFC restaurant chain when he was 62 years old. —INDU KILARU, Vijayawada Indu Kilaru gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of `1,000. —EDs Unsolved! ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ in the July issue made for an interesting…

3 min.
special delivery

*NAME HAS BEEN CHANGED ON A CRISP spring morning in a neighbourhood near Toronto Pearson International Airport, Sophia Niro* awaits a delivery of free groceries. The septuagenarian is expecting a couple of crates—a frozen turkey for Easter, milk, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, dried pasta, tomato sauces, soups and beans, as well as flour for making her own bread. Dressed elegantly in slacks and a beaded sweater, Niro has one weak leg and uses a cane to walk. She’s clutching it as she stands at the back door of her brick low-rise to let in Vishal Khanna; she doesn’t want him or the two volunteers accompanying him to have to lug 40 kilograms of food from the parking lot around to the main entrance at the front of the apartment building. Khanna, co-founder…

1 min.
humour in uniform

While serving on the USS Fulton (AS-11), in Connecticut, a fellow sailor and I were topside. He leaned over the railing and opened his mouth to say something. As he did, his uppers fell out and sank to the bottom of the Thames River. He didn’t seem too bothered, though. “That’s OK,” he said. “My serial number’s engraved on them.” —PAVEL WILSON When my daughter had her baby, I flew down to the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, where her husband was stationed, to help. My first job was to figure out why there was no hot water. I found the water heater and soon discovered the problem—it was set too low. So, I raised it. My daughter was so impressed, she bragged to her husband that I’d fixed the water…

3 min.
om, no

THE PRACTICE OF meditation offers numerous benefits to the nervous system. But what about the VERY nervous system? If sitting quietly with your gently swirling thoughts is less of a ‘relaxation technique’ and more of a ‘kaleidoscopic hell-prison of your own making’, you may be too tightly wound for the standard approach. Try out these instructions instead: 1 Ensure you are seated or lying comfortably. Note that this is different than lying UNcomfortably, which is what you did that night Marion excitedly asked if you liked her enormous, framed horse collage. Ugh, you were not convincing. Your voice was all croaky and weird. You avoided eye contact. She hates you now. You could have just said that orange gingham horses maybe aren’t your thing. Or anyone’s thing. She’s definitely lying in…

5 min.
kiss them goodbye

SOME MAY BE blissfully unaware of the existence of so-called ‘podium girls’, who are still a regular sight at an array of major European sports events. Even those who are only vaguely aware of their existence may have assumed that they were phased out at some point in the 1970s—along with bikini-clad women reclining uncomfortably on bonnets of Winnebagos at car shows. You may be surprised to learn that the archaic culture of podium girls (otherwise known as ‘grid girls’, ‘walkon girls’ and sometimes the more decorous-sounding ‘tour hostesses’) is far from dead and buried. In fact, in some places, it’s hanging on as stubbornly as ever. For the uninitiated, podium girls are the young women who have traditionally been brought on to present prizes and chastely kiss winners on the cheek…