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Reader's Digest India August 2020

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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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in this issue

1 min.
humour in uniform

Anyone wanting to take pictures on our base’s airfield needs a letter from public affairs, which happens to be me. One day, while out snapping photos, I was stopped by the military police, who asked for my letter from public affairs. “But I am public affairs,” I said. “Without a letter from public affairs, we’ll have to take your camera.” I did the only thing I could do: I pulled a notepad and pen from my bag and wrote a letter giving myself permission to take photos. The MPs read the letter, saluted and left. —JOE MACRI Aboard a troop carrier crossing the Atlantic, I noticed a seasick pal of mine losing it over the railing alongside several other soldiers. “I never knew you had such a weak stomach,” I said. “It’s not weak,” he replied. “I’m…

3 min.
over to you

From Darkness to Light While reading this moving story, I could feel Noori Saleem’s pain and anguish. Her story made me think: When a person facing such massive odds could achieve so much in life, how is it that those of us who don’t have to confront such adversity, do so little despite our privilege, education and knowledge? All we need is the courage to take that first step. Even as I write this letter, the fear of stepping out of my comfort zone is overwhelming. I salute Noori for her courage and perseverance. —IRENE DELANEY, Goa Irene Delaney gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of ₹1,000. —EDs The Best Defence Against the Coronavirus There are many serious discussions and speculations about the post-COVID-19 ‘new-world-order’. Global equations are all set to undergo massive shifts,…

4 min.
children of destiny

Over the past few months, Neeraj Murmu, the son of a humble farmer, would begin his day early, heading off to the rice fields to help his father at seven in the morning. Once through, he would set off to one of the houses in Duliakaram, his tribal village in the Giridih district of Jharkhand, where a small group of boys and girls anxiously awaited his arrival. Over the next hour and a half, he tutored the children in school subjects in which they needed extra guidance. Through the day, Murmu visited three to four more houses in his village for more group classes. Many take on extra work of this nature, both to earn and to help neighbourhood kids, but this 22-year-old is anything but ordinary. One of the winners…

5 min.
lessons for india’s democracy

MY MIND IS SO FULL of the future of our country that I feel I ought to take this occasion to give expression to some of my reflections thereon. On 26th January 1950, India will be an independent country. Will she maintain her independence or will she lose it again?… It is this thought which fills me with anxiety. This anxiety is deepened by the realization of the fact that, in addition to our old enemies in the form of castes and creeds, we are going to have many political parties with diverse and opposing political creeds. Will Indians place the country above their creed, or will they place creed above country? I do not know. But this much is certain that if the parties place creed above country, our…

1 min.
the place i’d first like to visit, once travel is allowed, is…

… the barber shop. GOBIND RAJ (@GOBINDRAJ), via Instagram … the bookstore, and then, the beach. FENEESHIAH THANASLAS, via Instagram … the hostel room in my college to see if my belongings are safe. ABARNAA PANDIAN, Coimbatore … Mars, where I will not have to worry about a raging pandemic or social distancing. SRINIVISAN NARAYANAN, via Facebook … my neighbourhood park, to see how nature has healed during the lockdown. BHUSHAN CHANDER JINDAL, Mumbai … Juhu beach, to see the sunset HIRA MEHTA, Mumbai…

2 min.
good news for a better planet

Children Turn Farmers ENVIRONMENT In a welcome development, children across the country have taken to growing greens in their homes in the pandemic season. Over 2,000 children in India have participated in a microgreens project run together by Ezone India, a Chennai-based company promoting environmental awareness, and communi-TREE, a CSR initiative run by Hafiz Khan, a social-impact leader. With an aim to provide holistic education that goes beyond school lessons and book-learning, sessions are conducted over WhatsApp twice a day for up to 120 children, on how to grow common plants and herbs, such as fenugreek and mint, at home. The entire training course lasts for 15 days. The DIY lessons have been a hit among youngsters, giving rise to a generation that is learning to be mindful about the environment,…