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Reader's Digest India January 2020

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.
heroes of our times

SOMEONE ONCE SAID a library is a passport to wonders. It opens our eyes and hearts, and brings hope against tyranny, hopelessness and ignorance. When Minhajuddin, a law student at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, went to the library to study, he assumed he would be safe. The young man is shattered now—he has lost one eye, and is in danger of losing another. As I write to you, India is erupting in protests against the new citizenship law and police action against students. You and I may disagree on the law, but surely we all agree that our children should be safe in their educational institutions? Surely we can hope, collectively, that our daughters and sons will be protected in their hostels and libraries? Student protests have been a part and parcel…

3 min.
over to you notes on the november issue

‘Why I Write’ While going through this thought-provoking article, I came to understand that authors write to wipe away cultures of oppression, to befriend solitude and to do what they love. For some, writing is truly gratifying and with it they make the world a better place. Yet others write to create awareness about our heritage. However, authors should never forget Samuel Johnson’s advice: “The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.” —M. V. APPARAO, Hyderabad M. V. Apparao gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of `1,000. —EDs 38 Ways to Get Smarter About Your Brain No computer can duplicate the myriad functions of the brain, given its enormous potential. There are efforts under-way to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action.…

1 min.
india on a platter

Few things can unite Indians as much as food. This February, we celebrate Reader’s Digest’s anniversary with a cover story on The Best Food From India’s States. An eminent jury, comprising culinary experts, will be working with us on this. To determine the popular choice, we request you, dear reader, to help us by participating in a short survey. Head over to www.readersdigest.co.in and vote for the food which, according to you, best represents your state and other Indian states. Our list is curated by a panel with some of India’s most eminent chefs, food historians, critics, restaurateurs and other culinary experts. Make sure you cast your vote by 10 January 2020. A small gift of appreciation awaits you!…

2 min.
life’s like that

Wife: At recess today, some kid named Billy told our daughter that he had butterflies in his stomach. Isn’t that adorable? Me: That Miller kid? He’ll eat anything. —@UNCLEDUKE1969 Fast Fashion Me: I am competent and capable of planning things in advance. Also me: Maybe I can buy something at the train station that will be appropriate to wear to this wedding. —ALEXANDRA PETRI A DIY expert on a home improvement TV show suggested putting coffee granules into pale beige paint to give it a ‘kick’. My bathroom wall looked great, but for weeks afterward, whenever we took a shower, the condensed steam caused thick black coffee to run down to the floor. —GLORIA LEWIS The police just came to my house. They explained to me that someone had sent them photos of my car. They were worried,…

2 min.
prediction season

HOVER BOARD Sure, the DeLorean in the Back to the Future movies was a cool time traveller, but it had nothing on the levitating skateboard that Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) hopped on to escape a bunch of thugs. Three decades later, a 40-year-old French inventor proved the scriptwriters prescient by hovering across the English Channel. Franky Zapata strapped his boots to a board connected to five small turbine engines (right) and made the 35-km trip from France in 22 minutes. And, unlike Marty, Zapata was smart enough to wear a helmet. BLUETOOTH In his futuristic 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury anticipated Bluetooth, describing wireless earphones that allowed for “an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk” to be transmitted through the air. Imagine how thrilled he would have…

3 min.
wanted: faith for peace and love

THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN reasons for humankind to look towards religion: At a personal level, faith has helped individuals and families find hope; at a community level, religion has helped bring people together and benefited the poor through charity. Therefore, it’s easy to deduce that religion is always going to be around—if it has survived centuries of science, progressive civil-rights movements and education-led rationalism, nothing in a digital future can erase it. Religion will exist, in one form or another, as long as humankind does. Most futurist speculation on religion tends to focus on the relative population strengths of various religions in the future, and might note that religion is likely to continue to be the cause of conflict, well into the foreseeable future. But for people in our part of…