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Reader's Digest India June 2019

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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

1 min.
we got a makeover!

WE CAN be a little funny while dealing with change. I had an uncle who reorganized his furniture every once in a while, just to break the monotony. My father used to throw a fit if a single chair was moved from its place. We hate sameness, yet prefer status quo. When we decided to give Reader’s Digest a makeover, we wanted it to be fresh and bold, but we steered clear of reinventing the wheel. What our global designers did, instead, was fall back on a classic look from a 1951 issue (above, left) that had a border around the headlines, which “felt intelligent and approachable”. They played around with it a bit and turned it into the frame that surrounds the names of our sections and departments. Long-time readers may…

2 min.
over to you

Sum Of Her Parts The subject of living organ donation raises a number of ethical, emotional, religious and medical questions. Women are more willing to sacrifice than men—not only in India but also in countries like the US and China. In India however, the altruistic and sacrificial mindset of women is glorified. If the wife donates an organ to her husband, she becomes the epitome of true love, compassion and kindness. But few care to find out why it is the mother, daughter or wife who display a greater sense of duty and love than the menfolk in the family. Is this voluntary or coerced? There is a need for a deeper and impartial assessment of the traditional roles and duties of women in the family. —K. R. K. MOORTHY, Mumbai K. R.…

1 min.
it happens only in…

Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bhopal, Bengaluru—no matter where you’re from, there’s always something unique about the people around you that adds a special flavour to a city—one you’ll rarely find elsewhere. So whether it’s sweet or strange, mirthful or maddening, temperamental or plain bizarre, we want to hear it. Share stories and/or photographs of the quirky or crazy anecdotes and jokes typical of your hometown’s spirit and get a chance to get published in our special ‘It Happens Only In…’ story this August! Write to editor.india@rd.com by 22 June, within 150 words, and don’t stop yourself from being witty! You can also share, comment or post on any of our social media handles.…

1 min.
humour in uniform

IT WAS WORLD WAR II— at the front—and we were on high alert. Around midnight, I noticed movement behind a bush. Rather than fire a shot, I shouted out the first half of the password: “George!” I waited for whoever it was to prove he was an American and reply with the countersign, “Marshall”. Instead, silence. “George!!” Again, no reply. I lifted up my rifle and gave it one last try: “George!!!” An angry voice finally replied, “My name ain’t George!” —JAMES LIVESAY SR AS THE GENERAL inspected our troops, he asked some of the Marines which outfit they were serving with. Ramrod straight, each would respond, “Marine Air Group 36, Sir” or “Second Marine Division, General.” Then there was one young private. When the general asked, “Which outfit are you in?” the Marine replied,…

2 min.
smart al technologies boosting healthcare services

Quick to adapt and adopt to the global transition taking place in the healthcare industry spurred by technology, even public sector hospitals in India that conjure up an image of chaos and callousness, are in the process of undergoing a complete overhaul to become at par with savvy private hospitals. Most public hospitals are now fully equipped with facilities as well as expertise to perform the best of procedures that are available anywhere in the world. A case in point are killer cardiovascular diseases taking atoll on human lives, particularly in India where people are genetically prone to heart disease. However, research coupled with high-end technology has made procedures such as coronary angiograms, pacemaker implantations, angioplasties, rotablation and many others much easier, reducing mortality considerably. lntravascular Imaging (IVUS and OCT) and…

5 min.
delhi’s water man

IT WAS EXACTLY FIVE YEARS AGO that Alagarathnam Natarajan, 70, while walking on a South Delhi street, came across a large bungalow with a water cooler in front of it. Working-class people, exhausted by the searing summer sun, lined up in front of it to quench their thirst. There was something about the scene that pulled at his heartstrings and gave birth to an idea. “At that moment, I decided that I will install a cooler in front of my house too,” says Natarajan. A cancer survivor, he had previously worked with a Stanford University engineer to help cycle-rickshaw pullers in Varanasi make their vehicles more efficient. He had volunteered at a Delhi school for homeless children and a hospice that took care of advanced and terminally-ill cancer patients. He even…