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Reader's Digest India September 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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English
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Living Media India Limited
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1 min.
get more rd

We’re online ... Browse through our website for the latest stories from India. Share the links with your friends from abroad who don’t have access to good news from here. Go to readersdigest.co.in/contactus to leave us a note. ... And on email Tell us a story if it hasn’t already been published, for our Kindness of Strangers and My Story sections. Anecdotes and jokes are welcome in Life’s Like That; Humour in Uniform; As Kids See It; Laughter, the Best Medicine; All in a Day’s Work and It Happens Only in India. Do share the source, so we can verify the facts. Mail us at editor.india@rd.com Digital Edition RD is now available as a digital edition! Pay `100 for an issue and enjoy the magazine on your phone or tablet. Visit http://subscriptions.intoday.in/subscriptions/rd/digital-magazinesubscription.jsp Customer Services Contact Customer Services…

2 min.
classic and timeless

TO FIND OUT WHAT MAKES my friends feel younger, I did a quick Facebook poll recently. A bunch of people on my timeline said spending time with young people—working with them, learning from them, listening to their ideas—made them feel youthful. Funnily, some frank commenters said older people had the same effect on them. Laughter was a super energizer, as was spending time with old friends, walking/running and trekking. Some other favourites were: playing with children and pets, a new crush, learning something new, satisfying work, festive new clothes, train journeys, watching the rain, singing, dancing, a vacation in the hills, a new haircut/hair colour. And, of course, joys such as chocolates, puppies and—scented erasers! My friends have actually echoed what scientists in longevity labs have been saying for a while.…

4 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! STAY BALANCED Technology has made our lives convenient, if busy and frenzied. It, in itself, isn’t bad. Our excessive engagement with it is causing trouble. Human relations have been the worst casualty. ‘Take Back Your Time’ serves as a wake-up call for course correction. Growing evidence suggests how technology is intruding into our lives, causing stress, wreaking havoc on employee productivity, health and wellbeing. Striking a work–life balance and achieving harmony is the key to a happy, contented and fulfilling life. K. MAHABUB ALI,New Delhi FOR BETTER HEALTHCARE The story on trustworthy doctors (see best letter) is a must-read for physicians the world over, as a large number of them aren’t ready to openly communicate with their patients or clear their genuine doubts and fears, much less provide a soothing touch or…

1 min.
humour in uniform

WHILE I WAS at the local VA [ US Department of Veterans Affairs] for a check-up, my counsellor asked if I was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. I said I thought I was. “Are you having nightmares?” he asked. “Yes.” “What are they?” “That I re-enlisted in the Navy.” THOMAS HENSLEY I WAS DOING GREAT on the rifle range until I was positioned 200 yards away from the target. I didn’t hit it once—all my shots just scattered the dirt next to it. I thought I’d failed, but the range sergeant assured me that I’d qualified, saying, “You would have suffocated anyone with all the dust you kicked up.” NELSON GOUD NEVER ADVISE ANYONE to go to war, or to marry. SPANISH PROVERB Reader’s Digest will pay for your funny anecdote or photo in any of our jokes sections.…

1 min.
see the world ... ... differently

A bit of wood, stucco, discarded auto tyres, cans and bottles —that’s about all New Mexico architect Michael Reynolds needs to build a house. Since he began 46 years ago, he has been converting refuse into refuges he calls “Earthships”, which have one thing in common: They are completely selfsustaining! Solar panels supply the houses with electricity, rain supplies the water, and the walls, which are largely constructed from those used tyres, effectively store heat. That helps protect the environment and the wallet! FOTO: © ZUMA PRESS, INC./ALAMY STOCK PHOTO…

4 min.
allow me to stipulate my demands, daddy

FROM SLATE.COM SEAN WILLIAMSis a writer and a theatre producer for Gideon Productions. He lives in New York City. ARGUMENT 1 Child: Can I have this? Me: No. Child: Ah, perhaps I’ve miscommunicated. I’m asking for it because I want it. Me: I understood that, actually. Child: I think maybe you’re not hearing me. I’d like it because I want it. Me: I’ve heard you quite well. I’m saying that’s not actually an argument. Child: PERHAPS IF I SAID IT LOUDER. Me: There’s no problem with my hearing. The problem is that your argument is, as the Romans would say, circulus in probando. Child: Well, then, let me offer this new information: I want it. Me: That’s the same information. That’s what you just said, and it’s also the information I assumed when we started. Child: Well, can I watch YouTube? Me: You also…