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Reader's Digest India January 2021

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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

3 min.
a honeymoon interrupted

Tharcius S. Fernando gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of ₹1,000. —EDs For Love of the Written Word Unique libraries such as these are important cornerstones of a healthy community. Libraries open people up to new opportunities, experience new ideas, lose themselves in wonderful stories, while at the same time offer a space for us to come together. They are a valuable lifeline to the world and all the information in it, boosting the intellectual health of our communities. The contribution of people who create such spaces is noteworthy indeed. Beena Mathur, Pune As a woman in her 50s, I’m often appalled when today’s parents proudly announce that their two year olds can operate a mobile phone, so it was a pleasure for me to read this article. It was heartening…

1 min.
humour in uniform

During a harrowing course in combat flying, we were subjected to exceedingly difficult math, physics, aerodynamics classes along with planning and flying missions. Following a debrief, when a fellow student failed to grasp a problem with an armament delivery, the exasperated instructor growled, “I’ve been simplifying this for you for 40 minutes. It’s not rocket science!” Just then he sheepishly looked down at the mock high-explosive round in his hand. —SAGAR DHUPKAR, Pune During my tenure as a staff officer, the General I worked for developed a sudden heart ailment and needed a stent placement. Visiting a high-ranking officer in such situations is considered good form, and one’s career may well hinge on his good graces. So I was unsurprised when an officer called to check on the General. When told he…

5 min.
the perils of indifference

Fifty-four years ago to the day, a young Jewish boy woke up, in a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald. He was finally free, but there was no joy in his heart. Liberated a day earlier by American soldiers, he remembers their rage at what they saw. And even if he lives to be a very old man, he will always be grateful to them for that rage, and also for their compassion. Though he did not understand their language, their eyes told him what he needed to know—that they, too, would remember and bear witness. Gratitude is a word that I cherish. Gratitude is what defines the humanity of the human being. We are on the threshold of a new century. What will the legacy of this vanishing century be? Surely…

2 min.
good news for a better planet

Made in India BUSINESS In an effort to help producers of traditional Indian art and handicrafts flourish, a New Delhi-based architect couple, Rajeev and Sheela Lunkad, have created Direct Create—an online platform where designers, creators and buyers can find and connect with each other, co-create, showcase designs and sell products without middlemen. Makers are also offered a space to exhibit their work through visual profiles that overcome language barriers. Officially launched in January 2020, the website enables artisans to break into the digital space and harness technology—both areas in which they are typically left behind—to transact more equitably and reach a wider market. “For individuals without the necessary tools or skills for fulfilment, we offer the services and support to bridge the gap,” co-founder Rajeev tells RD. “We currently have around…

1 min.
heroes officer woof reporting for duty

In December 2020, the Raigarh unit of the Chhattisgarh police showed admirable inclusivity by naming sniffer dog Ruby, a devoted and dutiful member of the force, one of three recipients of the ‘cop of the month’ award, which celebrates exemplary service by police personnel. Ruby shares the distinction with her handler constable Virendra Anand. According to Raigarh Superintendent of Police, Santosh Singh, Ruby helped solve several robbery cases, including one in which her clue-detecting efforts helped recover stolen goods worth `6 lakhs and nab the culprit. While the two-legged awardees received a cash prize, we think maybe Ruby would prefer her reward in treats and belly rubs. Sources: Business: Associated Press, 08.12.20; Disability: The New Indian Express, 18.12.20; Service: The Better India, 01.12.20;…

1 min.
points to ponder

In life’s brief game to be a winner A man must have … oh yes, above All else, of course, someone to love.Vikram Seth, authorEvery woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those oppressions which brought that anger into being. Focused with precision it can become a powerful source of energy, serving progress and change.Audre Lorde, writerThe farmer buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale and pays the freight both ways..John F. Kennedy, 35th president of USAWhat is religion? What is faith? Does a perfect definition exist? I don’t know. But, I know doubt. I’m intrigued by the politics of doubt. Doubt gives us faith. Doubt keeps us questioning … If we become sure of something, then there is a danger of becoming fanatical. Saif Ali…