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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India January 2019

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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in this issue

2 min.
the power of good people

ARE THERE TIMES when you have looked at the world and thought it’s almost unrecognizable? Do you wonder where all the good people have gone? What happened to human decency? “Keep your expectations low,” my mother used to say. Perhaps she was worried, just as I am about my son now, as I was about to step into the world. “Why?” I would argue. “There are good people in the world; that’s why it still goes on!” “I hope you are never proved wrong,” was her response. Despite everything, I still believe it, even though, admittedly, I’ve learnt to set the bar lower. I believe that there are good people amongst us; you just have to look around for them, because they tend to let their work speak louder than their…

3 min.
over to you

KIDS KNOW BEST “The Child is father of the Man” is a pithy line from a Wordsworth poem packing in centuries of wisdom. In this age of corruption of human values, it is children who are the beacons of hope. The cover story ‘If Kids Ruled the World’ fills us with optimism. Their approach to their meaningful portfolios shows exemplary clarity of thought and intention. Be it education or environment, health or hobbies, technology or fantasy, the kids have exhibited the 4Cs of leadership: communication, creativity, common sense and commitment. Kahlil Gibran rightly said in the poem ‘On Children’: You may give them your love but not your thoughts/You may strive to be like them, /but seek not to make them like you. /For life goes not backward nor tarries with…

1 min.
… differently

Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan was founded by the Rajput ruler Rao Jodha in 1459. The modern-day city has expanded outside the walls, but it is the old town, with its sea of houses painted in shades of indigo, from bright to faded hues, that attracts the crowds. A tradition that some say had roots in the Indian caste system—houses were painted blue to indicate Brahmin families dwelt there—the colour can be seen on non-Brahmin houses too. There’s another theory that the blue pigment (indigo is a natural dye) apparently carries insect-repelling qualities. Locals remain divided on the origin story of the use of indigo in the walled city of Jodhpur, but visitors are unlikely to forget the richness of the azure houses and the respite they offer…

3 min.
domestic unrest

THE PHRASE ‘controversial haiku’ has likely never occurred to you, but a friend of mine, who has a husband and a 12-year-old boy, recently posted one on Facebook that unleashed a tsunami of response: “Empty bowl in fridge/Boys and men are useless at housework/Tears are wet.” The unapologetic sexism of the poem drew howls of outrage—mostly from men, it’s true. One guy pointed out that her syllabic structure was all wrong for a haiku, adding, “I vacuum like a boss.” To which one waggish woman wondered aloud, “What is it with men and their penchant for vacuums?” She speculated that it was because a machine is involved: “It’s like indoor mowing.” The debate raged on. One woman argued that even when men do things around the house, it’s women who make the to-do…

4 min.
why do the poor get heart attacks?

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, heart attacks are not confined to the affluent, who have the riches to revel in indulgent lifestyles. Indeed, in many high- and middle-income countries it is the poor who have heart attacks more frequently than the rich. In India, heart attacks have become more common among the impoverished and less-educated in recent years. The main reason for this phenomenon is that the risk factors of heart disease have become more common among the poor, as social change tends to accompany economic development in evolving societies. Global experience vividly demonstrates these health and nutrition transitions. Initially, the epidemic of coronary disease, which causes a spate of heart attacks, manifested most prominently in the wealthier sections of high-income countries. But, over time, it evolved into a major threat to…

4 min.
a society based on liberty, equality and fraternity

I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED if some of you have grown weary listening to this tiresome tale of the sad effects which caste has produced. There is nothing new in it. I will therefore turn to the constructive side of the problem. What is your ideal society if you do not want caste, is a question that is bound to be asked of you. If you ask me, my ideal would be a society based on Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. And why not? What objection can there be to Fraternity? I cannot imagine any. An ideal society should be mobile, should be full of interest channels for conveying a change taking place in one part to other parts. In an ideal society there should be many interests consciously communicated and shared.…