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Reader's Digest India November 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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1 min.
from one reader to another

BEFORE I FELL IN LOVE with my husband, I fell in love with his books. When I first entered his room years ago, I immediately knew he would be my friend. Each wall in the room was lined with books—there were piles on every available space. Literature, art, history, science, philosophy—you could just get lost among them. Books received from loved ones, picked up at second-hand bookstalls, won as prizes—they were love, pure love. There was a prop in one corner, where a sign hung: ‘Pregnancy Tests Done Here’. Someone had left it there, I learnt later. The young man, who lived there, barely noticed—immersed as he was, mostly, in reading. Our home today is full of books, each of them precious, of tremendous sentimental value. Our son’s room is a more…

3 min.
over to you notes on the september issue

When New Miss Came to Teach Us This was such a heartwarming article. Sadly, in India, teachers are expected to be strict and stern with the sole aim of ‘getting the work done’. Their duty is limited to ‘explaining the lesson’ to the class. But what the children need is acceptance, an emotionally secure space to grow, and a spark for learning. So, to quote the author of this story, “Perhaps, we must begin with kindness.” —JAYSHREE THATTE, Thane Jayshree Thatte gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of ₹1,000.–EDs This story took me on a trip down memory lane. Nearly four decades ago, I, too, was a ‘new miss’. It was never my dream to become a teacher, but here I was, assigned to class 1, and 40 tiny kids were staring at me.…

1 min.
the best advice i ever got

Good advice from people who have lived experiences can add an edge to our own lives. Reader’s Digest has, down the years, brought us wisdom and inspiration that are practical and easily applicable to our lives. Tell us about the most meaningful advice you’ve ever received and you could be published in our special feature ‘The Best Advice I Ever Got’. Send in your entries to editor.india@rd.com by 30 November 2019. All anecdotes should be 150 words and include your name, location and contact number.…

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-magazine-subscription.jsp Customer Services Contact Customer…

1 min.
humour in uniform

A friend paid my mother a visit. Later, I spoke with Mom. “I was very nervous,” she said. “Why?” I asked. “Because he’s a captain in the Air Force.” “Mother, as you know, I, too, am a captain in the Air Force.” “Yes,” she said. “And you also make me nervous when you visit.” —COL. RICHARD A. VIRANT (RET.) In San Diego to work with military linguists, my colleague and I checked into a hotel and ordered a 5 a.m. wake-up call. The next morning, the phone didn’t ring until 5:30. “You were supposed to call us at 5 a.m.!” I admonished the desk clerk on the other end of the line. “What if I had to close a million-dollar contract this morning? Your oversight would have cost me the deal!” “Sir,” he said calmly, “if you had to…

3 min.
the future of press freedom

THE 2019 GLOBAL PRESS FREEDOM INDEX ranks India as 140th among 180 countries in the world. This is alarming in itself, and even more so when you consider that press freedom is inextricably linked with the functioning of democracy. And India is not alone in this—in several countries around the world, the most startling declines in press freedom have occurred in countries with elected leaders, mostly using technology and majoritarian values to stifle dissent, criticism and information about government failures and excesses. The future of press freedom is not just tied to the future of journalism, but the future of democracy itself, both of which are extremely uncertain at this time. Journalism has been changing rapidly over the last two decades with the exponential expansion of digital media, and this is…