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Reader's Digest India February 2021

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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.
healthy food mantra for business

2020 was a watershed year for Hyderabad-based Sresta Natural Bioproducts that produces organic consumer products under the brand name of 24 Mantra Organic. Thanks to the company's efforts to educate consumers about the benefits of embradng organic products, the consumption was on the rise in previous years. But the Covid-19 pandemic meant healthy eating became an obsession for most. "With people forced to stay home and not able to eat out, many in the younger generation scouted for and discovered eat at home options. They learnt to cook and in the process, embraced healthier organic products. The perception has been strengthened;' says Rajashekhar Reddy Seelam, Founder and Managing Director. Which is why the business of selling organic products is a responsibility as well. With Covid-19 nudging people to scout for healthier eating…

5 min.
over to you

My Thank You Year Thanks to smartphones and the strong presence of social media in our lives, we have almost forgotten how to put pen to paper. This article made me think of how often I scroll endlessly through Facebook or Whatsapp—but none of it gives me joy. Expressing gratitude has become such an outdated practice these days: I mean the heartfelt ones, not the ‘Thanks and Regards’ at the end of an email. So yes, instead of looking at other people’s ‘fun’ lives on social media, it would be great to start putting real joy into their lives. One note at a time. —AMITA BHATTACHARYA, Noida Amita Bhattacharya gets this month’s ‘Write & Win’ prize of ₹1,000. —EDs An attitude of gratitude brings about miraculous changes in lives, so says every self-help book…

1 min.
humour in uniform

My squadron leader son-in-law invited me to join the New Year’s Party at the Indian Air Force station at Vadsar. While visiting the base, I noticed a warning sign in the main guard room: “Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again”. V. RANGANATHAN, Ahmedabad For new Army basic trainees at Fort McClellan, one requirement was a demanding 19-km march. We got started at 6 a.m. and an hour later we all wondered if the end would ever come. “Men,” our sergeant yelled, “you’re doing a fine job. We’ve already covered six kms!” Revitalized, we picked up the pace. “And,” continued Sarge, “we should reach the starting point any minute now.” —GCFL.net Once, we decided to throw a surprise birthday party for a young, newly commissioned officer in our unit. I ordered a cake…

3 min.
department of wit i’m not superstitious! (touch wood)

Growing up in Bangalore during the mid-60’s, my childhood idyll was marred by a terrifying event. A bloodthirsty she-ghost was rumoured to be visiting the city, and a wave of fear had gripped our neighbourhood in Shantinagar. But all was not lost: There was a simple solution to discourage this supernatural visitor from entering our homes and massacring us in our sleep. All we had to do was clearly paint the words naale baa (meaning ‘come tomorrow’) on our front door. Despite the dubious premise regarding our local spectre’s literacy and obedience, the strategy seemed sound: our well-read phantasm would peruse our message, and finding it fairly reasonable, move on. But fearing the ghost was schooled in only the Kannada script, we wrote our humble request in two languages, just to feel…

3 min.
good news

A Helping Hand COMMUNITY It is during times of great challenge that the best of humanity comes forward, and Hyderabad’s Ramu Dosapati is just one more example of this. Inspired by the wife of a security guard, who, despite their meagre earnings, fed laid-off migrant workers during lockdown, this HR executive created a year-round ‘Rice ATM’ to help out-of-work individuals unable to provide for themselves. “I draw a good salary, my family is in comfort and I realized there is nothing that stops me from helping those in need,” Ramu told The Indian Express. Dosapati used his provident fund, credit card and part of the proceeds from selling his land in Nalagonda to set up the distribution centre. While the effort was intended to remain open only until things normalized, the 43-year-old…

1 min.
points to ponder

Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile. To preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good. Joe Biden, 46th US President, on the attacks on Capitol Hill, Washington D.CIn my grandparents’ time, it was believed that spirits existed everywhere … in trees, rivers, insects, wells, anything … I like the idea that we should all treasure everything because spirits might exist there, and we should treasure everything because there is a kind of life to everything.Hayao Miyazaki, film director and manga artistI think the traditional ‘feminine’ arts of homemaking or dressmaking or whatever are shamefully undervalued. They’re doing what I’m doing:…