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Reader's Digest India September 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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1 min.
get more rd

All new stories are just a click away! Never-before-seen web-exclusive articles, classic stories from our archives, jokes, quotes, and news—the RD website’s got it all. Visit www.readersdigest.in today! Want To Get Published? Send us your original stories, funny anecdotes or jokes and get a chance to be featured in one of these monthly columns—Kindness of Strangers, My Story, Life’s Like That, Humour in Uniform, As Kids See It, Laughter the Best Medicine, All in a Day’s Work or It Happens Only in India. Do share the source, so we can verify the facts. Mail us at editor.india@rd.com or upload them on www.readersdigest.in/share-your-story or www.readersdigest.in/share-your-joke. Digital Edition RD is now available as a digital edition! Pay `100 for an issue and enjoy the magazine on your phone or tablet. Visit subscriptions.intoday.in/subscriptions/rd/digital-magazine-subscription.jsp Customer Services Contact Customer Services for renewals, gifts,…

3 min.
over to you

A Doctor’s Duty in Today’s World Dr Professor Reddy’s article should serve as an eye-opener for all doctors. Unlike in the past, when doctors spent ample time dispensing holistic patient treatment and care, increasingly doctors have become more focused on generating revenue. This has resulted in them adopting a ‘hear-not, see-not, care-not’ attitude. With this type of health care becoming the norm, hapless patients don’t know whom to turn to. Maybe it is too much to ask for an ideal doctor in today’s fast-paced world, someone with clinical acumen and compassion, but Dr Reddy’s article serves as a timely reminder that there are still exceptionally competent, caring and courteous doctors around us, doing justice to this noble profession. —PARTHASARATHY MANDADI, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh Parthasarathy Mandadi gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of…

4 min.
the answer is not in a bottle

ATTENTION ALL consumers seeking to protect brain health: You can save hundreds a year by ignoring the unproven claims for anti-dementia supplements, and instead focusing on a lifestyle long linked to better mental and physical well-being. How many of these purported brain boosters have you already tried: ginkgo biloba, coenzyme Q10, huperzine A, caprylic acid and coconut oil, coral calcium, among others? The Alzheimer’s Association says that, with the possible exception of omega-3 fatty acids, all that were properly tested thus far were found wanting. It’s very appealing to think you can maintain your cognitive powers by swallowing a few pills a day. But you’d only be fooling yourself and wasting precious money. “No known dietary supplement prevents cognitive decline or dementia,” Dr Joanna Hellmuth stated emphatically in JAMA (Journal of the American…

1 min.
humour in uniform

An Army buddy and some other raw recruits were waiting to be sent on detail. As the officer in charge (OIC) read off their names, each soldier jumped up and left the room for their new station, except for a guy named Jones. The OIC called out, “Jones … Jones…” but no one answered. After he’d called all the names, there was still one soldier left. “Are you Jones?” the OIC asked. “Yes,” the soldier replied, happy to be recognized. “But everyone calls me Bubba.” —RICK SAGE We were drilling with rifles for the first time when our master sergeant caught one of the cadets chewing gum. “Cadet!” he shouted. “I want you to run to the end of the field and throw your gum over the fence!” We were all slightly bemused when he came back…

2 min.
are you too boring for therapy?

WORRIED THAT YOUR dull problems and weak-sauce neuroses are putting your therapist to sleep? Spent yet another tedious session talking about your mother? Again? Don’t fear: Therapy is about self-improvement. Yes, your counsellor is in this field because she wants to make a positive difference in the lives of others, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make her day positively different. This helpful guide can help you spice up your sessions—and self-actualize in ways neither of you have expected! SHARE YOUR INTERESTS She may know nearly everything about your relationships with your family and friends. But, does she know about your relationship to the hit 1990s television series Friends? While it’s true that your therapist pursued her career path to help others navigate life’s toughest circumstances, it’s also true that an hour spent…

2 min.
a teachers’ day special

No Mountain Too High There’s a special reason Robin S. Pukhram, principal of St Stephen English School, and his colleagues, from Churachandpur, Manipur, travel 120 kms through hilly forests to reach remote villages in the state’s interiors—parent–teacher meetings! Many of the students attending St Stephen live in these hard-to-reach spots. Reaching the school for a meeting requires expensive, private means of conveyance, so the school staff saves them the trouble and cost by making the trip themselves. Pukhram has been conducting these meetings in around 25 villages over the course of one week, since 2018. Having taken charge of the school’s administration in 2016, he has since built a hostel for underprivileged children as well, offering them low-cost accommodation. His extraordinary efforts have led to a huge uptick in the student…