Stories you read when you are at the right age never quite leave you.
You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called.
Sometimes you will forget precisely what happened,
but if a story touches you, it will stay with you,
haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.
When I read this quote today morning, I felt that this is very true. And I remembered one of our favourite books of those days, the 'Reader's Digest'. Yes, we were reading a number of fiction books too, but some small articles which came in the Digest, still pops out of our memory bank often.
We had subscribed for the book after we shifted to Bangalore, well, now, Bengaluru, in '77. We started getting them from '78. Our kids were small and so it was read by just by me and my husband.
Then the kids grew up and we shifted to Hosur, as all my readers know by now. Still the book was coming home. The kids also started reading...first the jokes in laughter section. Once they reached the higher classes, all the four of us would sit together and solve the 'word power'. We used to tick different symbols for each, check and know the level of our intelligence after checking the answers. The rapport was there and our knowledge also improved! I think my children also learned a lot from these books and they too will always remember some things from their engaging childhood, right, sons? Have a look at the books!
|This is a close up of the books!|
These are some old issues. Click on them to know more pl. Content list was on the cover! Last page had paintings of renowned artists...Indian artists too!
|Our favourite section, 'It pays to enrich your word power'. This must have helped the children in their growing years and us too!|
|I still use this 'Quotable quotes'...in facebook!|
|I used to order for my nieces too as a birthday gift...the yearly subscriptions! I was famous for giving books as birthday gifts to all the children. They still have got them at home! Some girls are married now!|
|Another favourite section...I started reading and remembered about writing the post. These books never bore me!|
|Another favourite, 'book section'.|
|True stories were very interesting. 'Humour in Uniform' also used to be interesting!|
|I miss reading these books, new ones, but I still have the old stock to read again and again! Friends and relatives who come and stay at home love to read these books...old issues!|
Later on, the quality of the writings started deteriorating...they started offering gifts in 'millions'! But the book was not interesting...So, I had to stop the subscription reluctantly. But will remember many stories, articles from them always, at least in bits and pieces like the quote above, says!
I suddenly wanted to know what our friend, Wikipedia says about this magazine!
'The magazine was founded in 1922, by DeWitt Wallace and Lila Bell Wallace.'
'The magazine was started by DeWitt Wallce, while he was recovering from shrapnel wounds received in World War I. Wallace had the idea to gather a sampling of favorite articles on many subjects from various monthly magazines, sometimes condensing and rewriting them, and to combine them into one magazine.'
'The first international edition was published in the United Kingdom in 1938 and was sold at 2 shillings. By the 40th anniversary of Reader’s Digest, there were 40 international editions, in 13 languages and Braille, and it was the largest-circulating journal in Canada, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Peru and other countries, with a total international circulation of 23 million.'
Now, we read everything online. But you won't get this thrill of seeing old books physically and feel nostalgic!