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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India May 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.
the truth about mothers

“IF YOU DON’T WANT to go to school, forget it then,” my mother’s voice pierced through my sleep. Spotting a good mood, I would ask later why she scolded me early in the morning. Turns out she started with a hug, but I slept through it all. I felt mild envy for my friends downstairs. When their mother got back from work, they stopped playing and rushed to her. I watched her hug and kiss them like a movie mum, trying not to get in their way. My mother would return from her office soon afterwards. Not given to public displays of affection, she would simply say, “Don’t be late,” and walk away. Much later, post marriage, every time I left home to return to Delhi, her eyes would well up with…

1 min.
humour in uniform

PROOF THAT THE QUIP IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD ▪ After invading Greece, Philip II of Macedonia sent a threatening message to the Spartans: “You are advised to submit without delay, for if I bring my army on your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people and raze your city.” The Spartans replied with one word: “If.” ▪ The hostess apologized to the Duke of Wellington, the hero of Waterloo, for the rude behaviour of French officers who had turned their backs on him when he entered the party. His reply? “I have seen their backs before.” ▪ Prior to World War I, German emperor Wilhelm II bragged to Dutch queen Wilhelmina that his guardsmen were seven feet tall. The queen, reading the threat between the lines, answered, “But when we…

3 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! NO PAIN, NO GAIN With reference to your cover story [The Future of Jobs], changes are generally accompanied by pain. We find many instances of changes disrupting lives and livelihoods down the ages. No doubt there are temporary hardships, but man always finds ways to overcome them. When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press there was a big hue and cry from the scribes, who feared losing their jobs. Similarly, there was nervousness amongst farmers when tractors were introduced. As the article mentions, there is no need to fear. P. D. JOSEPH,Angamaly, Kerala FRESH AIR The RD Classic ‘Overtaken by Joy’ was like a breath of fresh air. With advancing technology we seem to be losing connection with our souls. Nature still brings utmost joy, soothing and comforting us. Nothing can surpass…

5 min.
eco-warrior extraordinaire

IF HEROISM IS MEASURED by the number of people it impacts, the act of trying to save an entire metropolis from itself must rank quite high on the list. This is what Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, 70, engineer, ecologist and defender of the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW) has been doing since the early 1980s. “Why is the cost of living so low in Kolkata?” Ghosh asks. He explains that this is because of the EKW, an approximately 12,500-hectare system of transformed wetlands comprising waterbodies, vegetable gardens and paddy fields that fringe the eastern edge of the city and act as its kidneys, filtering out toxins from the waste. The cost advantage is wide-ranging— vegetables grown here have a short distance to travel to market; around 10,000 tons of fish, a staple of Bengali…

1 min.
see the world ...

... DIFFERENTLY Yves Rossy can reach speeds up to 300 kilometres per hour with his self-built jetpack. This flying machine is comprised of four smallscale jet engines mounted to a carbon fibre wing and, once airborne, is steered solely through Rossy’s bodily movements. The futuristic flight suit has already propelled the former Swiss Air Force pilot across both the English Channel and Grand Canyon. Particularly impressive, however, was a recent formation flight over Dubai with an Airbus A380 (previous photo)—at an astonishing altitude of more than 1,200 metres!…

2 min.
life’s like that

OUR FRIEND and her four-year-old son were standing in line at a fastfood restaurant when in walked a man covered in tattoos. The boy turned to him and said, “Looks like somebody got into the markers.” KENDALL J. BARROWES ONE OF MY BIGGEST FEARS is that I’ll marry into a family that runs 5Ks on holidays. @XNATATA (NATALIA SKRODZKI) I TEXTED MY HUSBAND to tell him that I would be out of touch for a bit since I planned to colour my hair. Thanks to autocorrect, here’s what he read: “After I finish my cup of coffee, I am going to die. You may not be able to reach me while I’m in the midst of that.” KRISTINE BINACO DURING MY ANNUAL CHECK-UP, the technician took blood from my right arm. When she was done, she…