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Reader's Digest India December 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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Living Media India Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
over to you

NEP 2020: The Good, the Worrisome and the Ambiguous That we have been following the same old education policy for 34 years speaks tragic volumes for our pace in reform. But the recent NEP 2020 can offer a ray of hope by delivering on its promise of providing greater flexibility and skills to students and greater autonomy to educational institutions. It has done well by bringing three- to six-year-olds under the school curriculum, allowing for lower-stake board exams and SAT-like university entrance tests. However assigning regional languages as a medium of instruction and making students in classes three, five and eight take exams is worrying. There couldn’t be a worthier goal than 50 per cent GER in higher education by 2035—up from the current 26 per cent—but the NEP disappoints by…

4 min.
reject, revive and innovate: what the pandemic teaches us

The COVID-19 pandemic has been fought by every citizen of India. While health and essential services workers are at the frontline, it is the adoption of non-pharmacological interventions of face masks, hand washing and physical distancing by people, which has equally contributed to halt the spread. In Dharavi, Mumbai, the approach of ‘Test, Trace and Isolate and Treat’ was only partially successful till the strategy was modified to ensure community participation. The pandemic has underscored that good health is only possible with active community participation. That is the first learning. In the early phase of the pandemic, health facilities were overwhelmed in nearly all countries. However, Thailand and Vietnam are being touted as success stories. They used lessons from the 2002–04 SARS outbreak for an effective COVID-19 response. These countries increased…

3 min.
good news

A Bright Idea for Cleaner Air INNOVATION Ironing carts are a fairly common sight in most neighbourhoods and the street in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, where 14-year-old Vinisha Umashankar lives is no exception. As she watched the cart owner use charcoal to heat his heavy cast-iron box, the class-nine student realized that the process was one that contributed heavily to both land and air pollution. She began researching a better way and came up with a solution in two months—an ironing cart with a solar-panelled roof that charges a 100 Ah battery to produce 250 watts of power in an hour. Five hours of sunshine can fully charge the battery, which powers the iron for six hours. It can also run a coin-operated PCO, and USB mobile charging points for added income. With…

2 min.
points to ponder

And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. Kamala Harris, first female vice-president-elect of USAStrength and courage. Peace and truth. Fertility and growth. My country stands for these values … We don’t need any more guidelines for being a true Indian, than these laid down by the colours of our Indian flag. Shah Rukh Khan, actorThe best way to dominate and gain control over people is to spread despair and discouragement, even under the guise of defending certain values. Today … hyperbole, extremism and polarization have become political tools. Employing a strategy of ridicule,…

2 min.
it happens only in india

Two men and a pizza box We’ll start from the top(ping). A pair of travellers driving through picturesque Coorg did what most of our countrymen do every day: litter without conscience, or consequence. Except, these men and the pizza boxes they had carelessly tossed on the side of the road happened to come to the attention of trash-intolerant Madetira Thimmaiah, General Secretary of Kodagu Tourism Association. Thimmaiah tracked down their number from the bill he found in the pizza boxes, called them and asked that they return to clean up. Upon their refusal to do so, Thimmaiah shared their number with the police, and circulated it on social media. Inundated with calls, the men turned around and drove 80 kms to pick up and dispose of the boxes properly. We love…

6 min.
my thank you year

In January 2018, I was commuting from Brooklyn to New Jersey. I have two little kids and a busy consulting business, so a quiet train ride felt like a mini-vacation. Yet I found myself spending that precious time slack-jawed, scrolling through my social media feeds. One day, I put down my phone and started writing thank-you notes to people who had contributed to a fundraiser I had organized. When I got off the train that day, I was in a noticeably better mood. The next day, I wrote more thank yous—and felt the same afterglow. When I finished writing the notes, I counted them up. There were 31—one for every day of the year so far. Something clicked. What if I kept it up? I decided to write one thank-you note for…