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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India

October 2020

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.

Country:
India
Language:
English
Publisher:
Living Media India Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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in this issue

1 min.
coming clean

Deodorant? No, I’ve never needed to buy any. People just give it to me, complete strangers sometimes.@SaintEd61Dry shampoo is the equivalent of unicorn blood for hair—it’ll keep it alive, but it’ll be a half life, a cursed life.@elliepeekMy twins hate to brush their teeth. So I just convinced them that it’s fun to brush someone else’s teeth. Problem solved.@hunz74The fact that Head & Shoulders doesn’t have a body wash called Knees & Toes disappoints me@TheRealSassy1I’m sick of men’s 3-in-1 bodywash–shampoo–conditioner. Throw toothpaste in there.@ComradTwittyDove chocolate tastes so much better than their soap.@RevSvenTV…

2 min.
it happens only in india

Rob you safe An Aligarh jewellery store recently found itself in the thick of some COVID-19-proof criminal action. Three nondescript masked men entered the shop, held their hands out for a quick spritz of hand sanitizer, whipped out guns and robbed the establishment of a cool `40 lakhs worth of jewellery—all under a minute. The incident was caught on a security camera and Uttar Pradesh law enforcement swiftly swung into action, capturing our conscientious criminals within a few days of the loot. With a pandemic on the prowl, it’s nice to know that even the criminal classes are doing their best to adapt to the ‘new normal’ Source: ndtv.com, news18.com A truck-full of rice A man’s bid to rid himself of the drudgery of grocery-shopping landed him in bulk-buying hell when a bungled delivery…

2 min.
life’s like that

My teenage son and I were discussing dating and relationships. To impress upon him that I had valuable experience to share, I commented, “You know, I’ve been around the barn a few times.” “Yeah, Mom,” he said, unimpressed, “but always on the same horse.” —NANCY WEST Times I’ve seen my husband cry: 1. Our wedding. 2. The birth of our children. 3. The time I mowed the grass too short. @MOMMAJESSIEC I walked into our living room and found our expensive decorative sofa pillow in shreds. I asked my teenage daughter whether she knew which of our three dogs was responsible. “It was Cotton,” she promptly replied. “How do you know?” “I watched him.” —TONY BUNKER Sad after the funeral of a friend, my wife and I ducked into a Chinese restaurant for a little Szechuan pick-me-up. The feel-good session ended…

8 min.
hidden & dangerous!

CANCER, HEART DISEASE, dementia, diabetes: In the lexicon of ageing and disease, these are some worrisome words. But researchers have suspected for years that all of these health issues, and more, have at their heart one common trigger: chronic low-grade inflammation. And now they may finally have proof. In 2017, researchers in Boston reported on a clinical trial with more than 10,000 patients (mean age: 61) in 39 countries that tested whether an anti-inflammatory drug, canakinumab, could lower rates of heart disease. They discovered that it could, but they also found that it reduced lung cancer mortality more than 67 per cent, and reports of gout and arthritis (conditions linked to inflammation) also fell. IT'S SLOW, IT'S CREEPING—AND IT KEEPS YOUR BODY ON CONSTANT ALERT. “Inflammation plays a role in everyone’s health,” says…

1 min.
good foods, bad foods

CAUSES IT: White bread A diet low in fibre can allow unhealthy bacteria to gain the upper hand in your digestive system, contributing to a leaky gut, in which toxins are allowed to pass through into your body rather than being swept away by the digestive system. SOOTHES IT: Wholegrain bread As the body digests fibre, like that found in whole grains, it creates butyrate, a beneficial fatty acid with anti-inflammatory powers. Butyrate seems to cross the blood-brain barrier and may help prevent neurological decline. CAUSES IT: Processed sweets Most processed foods, especially desserts, are low in fibre, high in sugar, and packed with chemicals, all of which are bad for the gut. The less frequently you eat processed foods, the better. SOOTHES IT: Fruit and yoghurt Certain fruits, vegetables and beans contain polyphenols, plant compounds with…

4 min.
taking the plunge in my thirties

A FEW MONTHS AGO, my nine-year-old son, Chirag,* won his first silver at a swim meet. Watching him that day, as he calmly dived into the pool and took off with graceful strokes, it seemed like he could swim before he could walk. His dad is a competitive swimmer and a former champion, so surely it must be in his genes? Wrong! Until a few years ago, he was terrified of water. It wasn’t his fault. His dislike came from my own childhood phobia. One summer, as children, my brother and I went to a pool with my father, to learn the basics of swimming—how to stay afloat, a little kicking and some forward crawls. All that went well and soon it was time for proper lessons. A coach was hired…