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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India February 2017

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

2 min.
money and meaning

MY HUSBAND GOT THE NEWS AND CALLED: “Rush to the nearest ATM, make sure you get the cash in 100s!” Driving back from work, I tried to understand demonetization in less than two minutes. There was a cloud of words—black money, old notes, new notes, withdrawal limit—over my head, as I stopped at an ATM not far from home. While swiping my card multiple times, I looked around and found a large queue had formed outside. That evening changed so much for India. While the absurd rumours and news of people with sacks of money provoked black humour online and off, it was difficult to get past the deaths. The confusion, chaos and agony that followed left a large number of people shaken. Will our money be safe, was a question…

1 min.
humour in uniform

“Sure I can fix that hole ... or we could make it a door to the porch.” MY SON, AN ENSIGN in the Navy, was in New York for a ceremony. As he left his hotel in his dress blues, he walked to the kerb and hailed a taxi. Just then, a woman tried to jump in. When she realized she’d cut him off, she stepped back and muttered, “I suppose even the doorman needs to take a cab once in a while.” ELAINE WHITEHOUSE I WAS APPEARING for the naval entrance test. While solving a logarithmic problem, I asked the invigilator for the log table. He gave me a disgusted look and yelled, “Table?! You have been provided with a bench to write the test on, and that is where you…

4 min.
over to you

LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR The cover story was an interesting read. My government job entails a transfer every four to five years. And so I landed in Port Blair in May 2004, with my family. In December that year, the islands were hit by a devastating tsunami. Until then our relations with our neighbour Dr Vidya Bhushan Pandey were strictly formal. No sooner had I overcome the traumatic news of my father’s demise, Dr Pandey took charge to arrange an air ticket for me, along with financial help. Away from home, neighbours are family and must step in during a crisis, he said. By coming to my rescue he proved that he practised what he preached. RAJESH SAHAY, New Delhi HAPPY HOMECOMING While some developed nations have flatly refused to give asylum to the…

4 min.
how to pick a tattoo

“Do not be in a hurry. Do not be drunk. Do not be drunk and in a hurry.” FIRST, PAUSE! A tattoo, drawn in permanent ink, will stay on your body forever, so you need to make the RIGHT CHOICE. You need time to think about the possibilities, contemplate what has meaning for you and consider how the image will age with you. With this in mind, we have the three criteria you should follow for tattoo hunting: 1. Do not be in a hurry. 2. Do not be drunk. 3. Do not be drunk and in a hurry. These are simple directives, but if you cannot follow them, we understand. It’s very common for these simple rules to be discarded in the face of the notion of getting a permanent tattoo permanently drilled into…

5 min.
this severe inequality hurts

INDIA IS SUDDENLY in the news for all the wrong reasons. It is now hitting the headlines as one of the most unequal countries in the world, whether one measures inequality on the basis of income or wealth. So how unequal is India? As the economist Branko Milanovic says: “The question is simple, the answer is not.” Based on the new India Human Development Survey (IHDS), which provides data on income inequality for the first time, India scores a level of income equality lower than Russia, the United States and China, and more egalitarian than only South Africa. Inequality in Numbers According to a report by the Johannesburg-based New World Wealth, India is the second-most unequal country globally, with millionaires (including those that are NRIs) controlling 54 per cent of its wealth.…

2 min.
good news

Green science ENVIRONMENT Who would have thought it possible to create electricity from water without a fuss? Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi, did the impossible at room temperature by building a hydroelectric cell, a device that creates green energy. The team, led by Dr R. K. Kotnala, found a way to use water, magnesium ferrite pellet, zinc anode and silver cathode to break up water molecules into hydrogen and hydronium ions. The latter eventually generates an electric field. The energy from four hydroelectric cells can operate a small plastic fan or a 1W LED light. Now that’s clean energy, minus greenhouse gas emissions! Second chances EDUCATION Equal opportunity, for real—that’s the mantra for India’s first school for the transgender community. The Sahaj Alternate Learning Centre in Kerala opened its…