The Classic Issue - Stories of Everlasting Interest
Like last year, this March too, we dip into the Reader's Digest treasure trove and bring you the Classic Issue with stories of lasting interest.
Flipping through an old photo album is like returning home, to the place where you belong. Fragments of life, some faded and chipped, some intact, take you by the hand on a journey where you find yourself. You remember wholesale—with rich sensory inputs—what’s lost along the way. The laughter or song of someone whose memory is all you have. You see yourself from a distance—with distance. You see the past, and the people from it, in the light of what you know now.
Dusting off old issues of Reader’s Digest and reading through them also takes me to another place and time. I meet the writers and editors who made our beloved magazine what it is. I spot a white Post-it with a few page numbers scribbled on it—probably from an RD editor to his staff from many years ago—a message from the past that has floated across decades to land on my desk. There’s an old ticket from a Bombay local train flagging a classic read—there are so many worlds, and stories, these pages hide.
In one of them, Finnish author Seere Salminen, writing after the Second World War says, “The great enemy of our times is a loss of hope”. The world has progressed much, yet it needs healing. And Reader’s Digest, the chronicler of our times, is still a weapon against despair.
Like last year, this March too, we dip into the Digest treasure trove and bring you the Classic Issue with stories of lasting interest. This issue features Pearl S. Buck, Helen Keller, James A. Michener, James Herriot, Walt Disney, D. W. Griffith, Alex Haley, Samuel Goldwyn, Charles Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw, Indira Gandhi and Joan Crawford among others. It also has the best of humour from the golden decades. There are a few pages dedicated to classic ads from Reader’s Digest India—a special gift from us to you.
Team RD is delighted to be able to bring you such an issue. We hope you enjoy it, just as much as we did while putting it together.