Reader’s Digest Asia (English Edition)

December 2021

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always better together

IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT 2021 is a year we’re all pleased is coming to an end. Across our readership, individuals and families have been tested like never before. But, with lockdowns hopefully behind us, communities are returning to a new normal with a greater emphasis on local connections. In the spirit of Christmas, this issue has stories about inspiring experiences and perspectives. ‘Melodies Straight From The Heart’ (My Story, page 12) is a gentle account of how two young sisters and a brother planned the most unique Christmas gift for their parents. Siblings working together is also the key theme of ‘Brother Act’ (page 36). In our exclusive interview with authors and brothers Andrew and Lee Child, the pair discuss their unique relationship which has seen the older Lee hand…

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Return To Glory For those of us lucky enough to have visited the Notre Dame Cathedral before the devastating fire that almost destroyed it, images of the ferocious flames roaring skywards, and the toppling of the spire, broke hearts not just in France, but all around the world (‘Saving Notre Dame’, September). Now more than two years on, the complex repair, restoration and rebuilding of Notre Dame continues in the safe hands of scientists and craftsmen with century-old skills, passionate about bringing new life to the cathedral that never lost its heart. JUDITH CAINE Finding A Family ‘Learning to Love’ by Melissa Fay Greene (September) has stayed with me. For Izidor to have had such a painful life – unable to comprehend what love is, not be able to relate to a loving family…

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melodies straight from the heart

IN 1955, AT AGE 12, I BECAME obsessed with the idea of recording an album for our parents for Christmas. My sister, aged nine, brother, ten, and myself would sing our favourite songs from the era – an unusual undertaking for a child in those days. My sister and I used to take our time washing the dishes so we could sing our hearts out to the latest songs by Doris Day, Pat Boone, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Lynn. There were also a few child stars at the time, like Shirley Temple and Judy Garland, who gave us inspiration. We all loved the movie Hans Christian Andersen starring Danny Kaye, with songs The Inch Worm, The Ugly Duckling and The King’s New Clothes. I remember feeling the romance and sadness of Hans…

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smart animals

Elephant Reunion CHANDANA BASUMATARY When my niece, Keya, was two years old, her father worked as a senior forest official for the Indian Forest Services in Assam. At the time there were devastating floods and a baby elephant got caught in a current and became separated from its mother. The baby elephant was brought to their house to recover and my niece named him Ramu. Over the next three years my niece became very attached to him and the two were great playmates. But, as Ramu grew older and stronger it was time for him to be reunited with his herd at the National Reserve Park. My niece was incredibly sad to see him go. Fast forward 15 years to March 2021 and my niece heard news of Ramu from her father, who…

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popular pet myths debunked

Our regular pet columnist, Dr Katrina Warren, is an established and trusted animal expert. OLD WIVES’ TALES, MYTHS, AGE-OLD BELIEFS – call them what you will, there are plenty of misconceptions relating to dogs and cats. Over time, some aspects of pet behaviour became ingrained in our psyche as common knowledge, when in fact this ‘knowledge’ is often quite incorrect. Veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren shares her expertise to challenge some common pet myths. DOGS ONLY EAT GRASS WHEN THEY FEEL SICK Dogs sometimes eat grass to induce vomiting when they are feeling unwell. But there are other reasons why a dog will eat grass, such as increasing dietary fibre, to fill a nutritional void, or even because they are bored. Some dogs may simply enjoy eating grass. It is not usually a…

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ankle pain

Whether you’re participating in sport or just going about your day, you will no doubt be saddled with ankle pain at some time in your life. The ankle absorbs a high level of force. Landing in an unnatural position or landing suddenly can put excessive strain on the ankle joint. Not all ankle injuries require medical care, but here are some potential reasons behind pain, stiffness or swelling. IT’S A SPRAIN Ankle sprains are the number one sports injury. When a ligament in the ankle tears, that’s a sprain. If it’s a sprain, you may notice bruising and swelling and the spot may be tender to the touch. Sprains can range from mild to significant, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Treatment involves RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), and…