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Reader's Digest India July 2020

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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

2 min.
taking your leave

WHEN I CAME to work for the India Today Group, 14 years ago, as the editor of a health magazine, my son was an infant—today he is all set to fly the nest. Even when I took over at Reader’s Digest, he was a middle-school boy. Where did the years go? Working with RD, and serving you, has been an incredible privilege. I have had the opportunity to shape the ‘little magazine that is a big read’, to make it worthy of you. I often got teased about how I should learn to relax and treat it more like a job. My brother would say, “Quit, come back home (to Calcutta), we will grow old together.” I wish he was around to see this day. After serving as editor of this…

3 min.
over to you

The Man with a Heart of Gold The courage and conviction demonstrated by Dinesh Talapada in refusing to press charges against a young boy involved in an accident, which resulted in the loss of life of his beloved cousin, proves that such kindness requires not only a generous heart but, perhaps, one that has been shaped by the experience of living with hardship. Most people, finding themselves in a similar situation, would have resorted to legal action against the boy. Talapada’s extraordinary act of kindness—giving away a large sum of money to a needy family, who were almost strangers, is quite remarkable. It makes one wonder if one must be born in poverty to understand giving and the joy of receiving. —M. Rajeswari, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh M. Rajeswari gets this month’s ‘Write &…

2 min.
all in a day’s work

Teachers shared with reddit.com the most questionable questions they’d ever been asked: ♦ “How old was the average 18-year-old in 1942?” ♦ “What are those pyramid-shaped things in Egypt called?” ♦ “If the patient has a brain haemorrhage, can we tie a tourniquet around the neck to stop it?” Cashier: I think I know you from somewhere. Customer: I have a big following on Instagram. Cashier:Don’t you work at the car wash on Third [street]? Customer: Yes. It could also be from there. — @REALOVERHEARDLA I’ve never wanted to be the kind of successful that requires getting to an airport before 7 a.m. “Before you tell me about your diet, I should warn you—I follow you on Facebook.” — @TRESSIEMCPHD Marriage vows should be rewritten as “to have and to hold and to listen to stories about your workplace drama until death…

1 min.
what’s up with these 911 calls?

♦ An Oregonian came home, heard rustling sounds from inside a bathroom and could see a shadowy figure moving about underneath the closed door. The resident called police. They arrived, drew their guns and ordered the prowler to come out with hands up. Receiving no response, they burst into the bathroom, where, according to a deputy, “We encountered a very thorough vacuuming job being done by a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.” — 5newsonline.com ♦ Peanut allergies are nothing to sneeze at, and one mother whose son is highly allergic wasn’t taking any chances. She called 911 after opening an Amazon package at home that was filled with peanuts—packing peanuts. — People.com ♦ Escape rooms are a popular craze where participants solve puzzles and clues to free themselves from a locked room. Many people find them…

5 min.
there’s always room for kindness

Residents of three buildings owned by 41-year-old businessman Koduri Bala Lingam, from Hyderabad’s Balanagar, were in trouble. Most of them contractual labourers, they were neither in a position to pay their rents, nor certain how they would feed their families, as factories and commercial establishments started shutting down, following the nationwide lockdown. When one of the tenants approached Bala Lingam with a request that their rent be deferred until their earnings resumed, the landlord decided to go one step further: “I told 70 of my renters that they did not have to pay for that month or the next,” Lingam told Reader’s Digest. That was in early April. Bala Lingam came to Hyderabad from Sircilla, in Telangana, in search of a job in 1995. “Only 16 at the time, I came to…

3 min.
a doctor’s duty in today’s world

‘To cure sometimes, to relieve often and comfort always’ is an aphorism of uncertain attribution by Hippocrates. It has been quoted widely, with variations, since the 15th century. This description of a physician’s mandate is valid even in this era of technologyintensive medical care, where pictures of beeping screens, organ scans and ‘miracle’ pills have replaced the kindly doctor everywhere. Technology supports but cannot subst i tute a competent and compassionate health-care provider. Good clinical assessment is essential for interpreting a diagnostic-test result or in choosing between treatment options. That is because context matters in analyzing and applying evidence from research to individual patients. Proven treatments may still need consideration for patients who have contraindications or are non-responders. Tests can yield false positive and false negative results. A well-proven mathematical model called…