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Reader's Digest India October 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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India
Language:
English
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Living Media India Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
uncommon joy

WATCHING THE TINY glittering lamps sitting on beds of leaves and petals, float by on the ghats of the Ganga at Haridwar, is an experience. The rapidly flowing waters carry them far, far away until you can no longer see them. Perhaps they drift along still, but their lights go out in the breezy river. On a recent trip, I caught myself following the journey of these lamps dancing along the waves and then watching the dying of their light. It reminds you of life, and loss. The festive season is always a strange time for those who have lived life—the untrammelled joy of youth, tempered by the sadness of days gone by; the emptiness of loved ones lost. I still remember the drumbeats of Durga Puja in my little heart, as…

3 min.
over to you notes on the august issue

The Road to Lahore Mannu Kohli’s article left me with a lump in my throat and a heartache. I was born in Lahore, experienced the joys and tribulations of the early years of my life in undivided India, and also witnessed the political upheavals that led to Partition. Ever since, I have longed to visit the city, but visa restrictions and strained Indo–Pak relations have always stood in the way. It was refreshing to know that the present generation of Lahoris still remember our common heritage and are genuinely friendly towards us. For people like us, from the pre-Partition generation, who are fading away on both sides of the border, it would be a gesture of extreme goodwill if we are allowed to visit the remnants of our ancestral homes, before…

1 min.
humour in uniform

During a stint in Vietnam, I took my R & R in Taipei, Taiwan. After a night on the town, I grabbed a cab back to my hotel, but because of the language barrier, I could not explain where that was. I remembered I had a pack of matches with the name and address of the hotel on it. I showed it to the driver and pointed to the match cover. A few minutes later, we arrived at our destination—the Taipei match factory. —STEPHEN MURRAY My stepfather, a medic, was assigned a cubicle in the medical tent where the recruits came through. At one point, a nervous young man stopped at the entry of the cubicle. Pop pointed to a container a few feet away and told him, “Pee in that bottle.” The…

3 min.
dear mother goose

From slate.com DEAR MOTHER GOOSE, My husband recently passed away (killed by our next-door neighbour, baked into a pie and eaten), and now my son, Peter, is acting out. He keeps sneaking onto this neighbour’s property and stealing his vegetables. I sent him to bed with chamomile tea. His three sisters don’t misbehave this way. Is this just an instance of ‘boys will be boys’, or are there deeper issues here that I should be concerned about? —Mama Rabbit DEAR MAMA RABBIT, This is a behavioural problem that demands action far beyond chamomile tea. Peter sounds very troubled—understandably so, given what your family has been through. I realize that money may be tight, but you should consider looking for a new place, or perhaps even find friends or family to crash with temporarily so that you…

5 min.
gandhi’s quest for ahimsa

TOWARDS THE END OF HIS LIFE, Gandhi was asked by a friend to resume writing his autobiography and write a “treatise on the science of ahimsa”. What the friend wanted were accounts of Gandhi’s striving for truth and his quest for non-violence, and since these were the two most significant forces that moved Gandhi, the friend wanted Gandhi’s exposition on the practice of truth and love and his philosophical understanding of both. Gandhi was not averse to writing about himself or his quest. He had written—moved by what he called Antaryami, the dweller within, his autobiography, An Autobiography or the Story of My Experiments with Truth. Even in February 1946 when this exchange occurred he was not philosophically opposed to writing about the self. However, he left the possibility of…

1 min.
world wide weird

Buzzed for the Fuzz Get drunk for us: This was the unusual request a Pennsylvania police department made to its constituency in January. The Kutztown cops posted the plea online. Participants would drink hard liquor to the point of inebriation, to properly mimic a field-sobriety test and train officers. The chosen few were to be between the ages of 25 and 40, sign a liability waiver and provide a sober guardian to care for them afterwards. The department was overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response. Not everyone, though, was happy with the cut-off age. “I have been looking to volunteer this year and help the community!” wrote one presumably over-40 Facebook commenter. “I just need a fake ID.” Meal Ticket Early-rising commuters on Tokyo’s Tozai subway line were rewarded earlier this year with a…