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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India October 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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India
Language:
English
Publisher:
Living Media India Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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2 min.
dear reader

ABOUT A YEAR AGO, humorist Andy Borowitz joked: “Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life.” There is no denying that an epidemic of stupidity is actually sweeping the world. Of the many painfully obvious things that need to be driven into the heads of people who seem to have been afflicted is: climate change is real—even in the middle of a major spike in extreme weather events, they are denying it—and how not to die while taking a selfie. While staying healthy—with a good diet, active lifestyle and happiness— could go a long way in preventing cognitive decline, these alone are simply not enough. We need special measures to protect our brain from the onslaught of our 21st-century…

1 min.
humour in uniform

DRESS WHITES were called for on the day I received my second lieutenant bars. At the ceremony, a Marine captain pinned the brass bars on to my uniform, and then we saluted. As we sat down, he whispered, “Lieutenant Dow, I’m giving you your first order. Next time you wear those dress whites, don’t wear blue polka-dot underpants.” CAPT. ROBERT LAFAYETTE DOW I WORKED FOR a no-nonsense general. Co-workers warned me he was tough, so I was apprehensive about my performance review. No need—he gave me his highest compliment: “I am not unhappy with your performance.” S. P., via emai l MY UNCLE, a veteran of the battle of Normandy, always touted this famous saying: “Never worry about the bullet with your name on it. Watch out for the one addressed ‘to…

4 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! LET US KEEP THE PEACE Vivekananda’s speech (‘Let Harmony Prevail’) is relevant 124 years later, considering the hatred and bigotry advocated by some in the name of religion. The swami believed no one is ‘superior’ and each of us must learn from the other, with an open mind. He stressed the need for each religion to assimilate the spirit of the others, yet preserve their individuality and evolve according to their own law of growth. D. B. N. MURTHY, Bengaluru Every religion propagates brotherhood and service to mankind as a panacea to human suffering. If we follow the religion of humanity, we will achieve the higher purpose of life. VIDHI GOEL, Durgapur, West Bengal THE MAKING OF HISTORY ‘Freedom’s Footsteps’ was an excellent read. Being born in the early ’50s, I witnessed…

3 min.
safety squad

IN NOVEMBER 2015, soon after a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, a woman in a hijab was assaulted and robbed by two men outside an elementary school in a north Toronto neighbourhood in Canada. The hate crime shocked many, but its vicious nature was familiar to speech-language pathologist and artist Kanwar Anit Singh Saini, 35, who says, “I’ve faced my fair share of violence as a gay man in a turban.” The next day, he posted a message on his Facebook page offering to run errands with people who’d felt the bull’s eye on their back grow overnight: “If anyone needs a buddy … hijabi, turbaned or otherwise.” Within moments of reading Saini’s status, his friend Mita Hans, a 50-year-old social services worker, got a call from her sister in…

1 min.
life’s like that

THERE IS A STORY I often heard my father narrate. About a century ago, a marriage party from Kolkata (then Calcutta) was to assemble at the Kanpur station. These ‘upper-caste’ men, finicky about food, wanted only a home-cooked meal. So a telegram was dispatched: “ARRANGE 10 MEN’S FOOD, COMING.” But, in an attempt to reduce the word count, the possessive ‘S’ was eliminated, as was the apostrophe. Alas, the delivered telegram read “ARRANGE 10 MEN, FOOD COMING.” While the Kanpur contingent, especially gathered after receiving word, was hoping to get the choicest Bengali sweets, the Kolkata group expected home-made food! The 20 famished people almost traded blows. PRAGYA CHATURVEDI, Ghaziabad WHEN A FRIEND learnt that I was seeing a man 15 years my junior, she accused me of being a cougar. “Why not?” I…

1 min.
lord, help us!

Our two-year-old, Tess, was sitting quietly in church one Sunday when she became mesmerized by a balding man seated in front. Her curiosity got the better of her, and she shouted for all to hear, “Why is that man’s head coming out of his hair?” JOAN ANASTASI While standing in line for confession, I overheard a woman whisper to her friend, “I really don’t know why I’m going to confession. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had a minute to sin.” STEVE JAKIN After a worship service, a mother with a fidgety sevenyear- old told me how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, “If you’re not quiet, Pastor Charlton is going to lose his place and will…