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Reader's Digest India March 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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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
over to you

My Life in Short This remarkable story communicates to people all across the world, the pain felt by victims of physical imparity upon hearing remarks made thoughtlessly. People like Ian Fulton are everywhere amongst us and we have somewhere deep inside ourselves a Stan—the popular yet kind-hearted classmate—too. All we need to do is reach out and offer our help, to not show pity, but stay by their side, to help them smile and laugh. This story also shows the undeniable importance of our unique and inherent talents and how it helps us stand strong when we might be having the toughest time of our lives. A huge shout-out to Ian, whose struggles inspire millions and to RD for bringing to us such wonderful stories, from all across the globe. —DEEPALI JANI,…

1 min.
photo of lasting interest

SET IN TYPE For a while in global business there was little one could do, at business speed, without the little machine that revolutionized industry—the typewriter. With the first practical model patented in 1868, the typewriter was critical in opening up the workplace to women, and became—as Jawaharlal Nehru described it—a “symbol of independent and industrialized India.” Unlike the West, India began manufacturing the now-obsolete machines in the 1950s. The first indigenously produced typewriter in India was the Godrej Prima. It is only fitting that the last company in the world to close its doors on the typewriter was Godrej & Boyce, which shut down production in 2009. Seen here, are men carefully carrying out quality control in an Indian typewriter factory. For more than 100 years, the world marched to the clattering…

4 min.
the best advice i ever had

THIS COUNSEL RANG constantly in my ears when I was a boy: “Go the last mile—and enjoy it.” It has stayed with me ever since, comforted me in difficult times and brought me moments of deep contentment. It came from my father, who had gained it through experience. As a young soldier he did his duty so well that he was made an officer on the battlefield—in the Prussian Army an almost unheard of achievement. Later, as a law-court clerk, he worked hard and well, earned a free conscience and so at home was a relaxed, contented man. Happiness to him was simply work’s greatest by-product. “Only when you have done your full duty,” he said, “are you completely happy.” That is what he meant by “going the last mile”. Like most…

5 min.
has anybody seen me lately?

SOMETIMES I wonder if I’m getting to be transparent. I can see waiters, but they can’t see me. Ticket agents look right through me at the person next in line. I have the same sensation when I try to catch the attention of salesgirls, porters and taxi-cab drivers. I’m substantial enough—maybe a little too substantial in places. And there’s an undeniable air of authority about the way I stride into a restaurant, yank my necktie into place and signal the headwaiter. The headwaiter’s glance sweeps my way, then comes to rest on a section of flowered wallpaper directly behind me. He considers it for a moment, and looks away. Five minutes later I manage to catch his eye. He strides briskly in my direction, takes a menu from the pile at my…

2 min.
humour in uniform

1960s ASKED HOW MANY children she had, a captain’s wife, who was obviously expecting a new arrival, quipped: “Two are boys, two are girls and one is classified information.” SHERI ELMORE, AUGUST 1963 1970s THE MILITARY’S PROPENSITY for acronyms sometimes results in less than flattering titles. Just after Pearl Harbor, Admiral Ernest J. King was appointed Commanderin-Chief, US Fleet, and found to his displeasure that his call sign was C.in.C.U.S—pronounced “sinkus.” 2ND LT. MIKE CALDWELL, DECEMBER 1975 AFTER 10 WEEKS of intensive training at Parris Island, our recently graduated platoon of Marine recruits was all dressed up and ready for leave. Our drill instructor (DI) lined us up and marched us towards waiting buses. We were all pretty cocky and proud of ourselves. Suddenly, he wheeled around, blew his whistle and yelled, “Hit the deck!” To…

6 min.
personal glimpses

After his concert in a Midwestern town, PADEREWSKI was found backstage in a silent, preoccupied mood. One of his aides asked if he were ill. “No, no,” the great musician replied, “but some friends were missing. The grey-haired couple. They were not in their usual seats in the fourth row.” The aide was surprised. “I didn’t know you had friends in this town. Did you know them well?” “I knew them very well,” Paderewski explained, “but I never met them. I liked the way they listened. Every time I have played here for 20 years I have always played for them.” He shook his head gravely. “I hope there’s nothing seriously wrong.” HOWARD TAUBMAN IN COLLIER’S, JANUARY 1940 JULIA CHILD and her husband, Paul, lived in France for seven years in the…