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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India July 2017

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.
more free time, anyone?

A FRIEND, WHO WORKS FROM HOME, recently announced that he will only be available on his landline during the day. “I start off on my laptop at 9 a.m. and suddenly find it’s past noon. The internet is hell-bent on ruining my career,” he said, while explaining his separation with his smartphone. We’ve all been there. Our compulsive need to pick up the phone—and get lost in it—can suck out massive amounts of time from our day. One expert I know calls these time-suckers “the new vampires”, as they leave us with fewer hours in the day. Not that there is enough free time anyway. We tend to live lives that are overbooked and overscheduled. In India, our work takes up the bulk of our waking hours. With family, children, domestic…

1 min.
humour in uniform

WE WERE TOLD THE Germans added a chemical substance to our drinking water that was designed to suppress the sex drive. I have noticed recently that it is beginning to work. World War II veteran and former POW LOREN E. JACKSON, seen on reddit.com MY WIFE NEVER got the hang of the 24-hour military clock. One day, she called my office. The person who answered told her I was at another extension. “He can be reached at 4700, ma’am,” the soldier said. My wife sighed, then asked, “And just what time is that?” Source: gcfl.net I ASKED a scruffy-looking soldier if he’d shaved. He answered, “Yes, Top Sergeant.” I got into his face and said, “OK, tomorrow I want you to stand closer to your razor.” Source: rallypoint.com Reader’s Digest will pay for your funny anecdote or…

3 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! FROM MOTHERS, OLD AND NEW Scoping out the truth surrounding so many emotions, Shashi Deshpande’s ‘A Mother is Born’ left a mark on me. Struggling to be accepted as a “step friend” to our two teenaged boys, rather than a “stepmother” (the latter is complicated), I have been anxious and not my best self because I did not know any better. While I dwell on this powerful piece and prepare for the journey ahead, I only hope my new children and I form a lasting bond. NEERAJA CHANDRASHEKAR,Bengaluru HEALING POWERS OF TOUCH With reference to ‘Power of Touch’, and as a teacher, counsellor and theatre actor, I firmly believe in its healing potential. An experience with a senior citizen with Alzheimer’s reaffirmed my faith. The 80-year-old gentleman is taken for a round…

2 min.
food as a right

ANKIT KAWATRA may seem like the typical Delhi youngster with a life of privilege, but the story of this 25-year-old social entrepreneur and Feeding India, a nonprofit he started, is not ordinary. It began in 2014 when Kawatra attended an extravagant wedding in Gurugram with a menu of over three-dozen dishes. He discovered that mountains of leftovers, which could have fed the hungry, would be wasted. India is home to 25 per cent of the world’s hungry population. The Global Hunger Index ranks us at 97 out of 118, while `58,000 crore worth of food is wasted. Even as these facts stare us in the face, most of us are inured to the issue of hunger. Kawatra, however, decided to do something about it. The next day, he turned up at a wedding…

2 min.
feed the children

IT WAS THE SUMMER of 2015. Eight-year-old Srideep’s birthday party had just ended. The boy’s father, Chandra Sekhar Kundu, a computer science teacher at Asansol Engineering College, who had stepped out to get rid of the trash, was singed by an image of hunger. “After dumping the garbage bag with leftovers I saw two children scavenging for food in a dumpster. It was midnight and I had no means to offer them anything,” Kundu says. He decided to get to work the next day, starting at his college, involving students. Together they made a film on food wastage to reduce it on campus and raise awareness. In May 2016, he filed a Right to Information petition before the Food Corporation of India, and calculated that around 22,000 crore metric tons of food…

1 min.
see the world ... ... differently

Seven thousand square metres of forest right in the middle of a large city—where can you find something like that? In Milan! Designed by architect Stefano Boeri, the buildings named Bosco Verticale (vertical forest) jut 76 and 110 metres into the skyline of the Italian metropolis. The concept: The steel reinforced concrete balconies that extend along the facades of both buildings are home to roughly 900 trees, some of which should grow to nine metres in height, as well as 20,000 smaller plants.…