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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India June 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.
dear reader

EVERYTHING IS ALIEN, somewhat unfriendly, when you first arrive in a bustling metropolis. Walking down one of Bengaluru’s busy streets, in my first week in the city, I felt like an unbidden guest. Then I met her, the lady who stopped to smile before disappearing into the crowd. Like she knew I was in need of gentleness at that very moment. That gesture from a stranger, over a decade ago, while trying to find my way back to the guest house after work, was an act of unexpected kindness that I have carried with me to this day. Someone once said kindness is compassion in action, like the extended hand that pulls a late arriver on to a moving train. It is simple, costs nothing, yet it is rare in today’s…

1 min.
humour in uniform

The Marines have drill instructors, the Army has drill sergeants and the Navy has chief petty officers. Whatever the name, they all specialize in making their recruits’ lives interesting. I was mopping the squad bay when the drill instructor ran in. He stopped short, stuck his hand into the bucket of sudsy water, took a taste and barked “Needs more soap” before running off. My drill instructor put the whole “no such thing as a stupid question” thing perfectly. He told us, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question, but some questions come with push-ups.” A recruit interrupted roll call to observe, “Chief, there’s a bunny rabbit behind you.” Chief, teeth gritted, responded, “Is it armed?” Source: reddit.com Reader’s Digest will pay for your funny anecdote or photo in any of…

3 min.
over to you

WRITE & WIN! WONDERFUL TOGETHER While fully endorsing the views expressed in ‘The Secrets of Happy Healthy Families’, I would like to share the popular adage attributed to Maria von Trapp (in the classic Hollywood musical The Sound of Music): “The family that sings together, plays together and prays together, stays together.” I have been trying to put this into practice to be happier. G. K. ANCHERY,Kottayam COMPASSION FOR THE MIND Dr Vikram Patel’s In My Opinion [Caring for Our Minds], highlighting the enormous problems in the field of mental healthcare, was hardhitting. Almost non-existent facilities for the afflicted make the issue even more complex. Unemployment creates depression and the lack of psychological counselling services at the community level has escalated this situation further. However, specially trained retirees and faith leaders can be recruited to…

2 min.
my son, the swindler

My eight-year-old son cheated on his home reading. How is that possible? you might ask. Well, he’s been yelling “blah-blahblah” rather than record the online book into the computer like he’s supposed to. How is it that he’s been doing this for six weeks and you never noticed? Well, he’s been progressing through the levels. He’s now reading at level L. When he started class III in September, he was at level J, so I assumed he was reading. Right. But how is it possible that you never noticed he was reading—and I quote—“blah-blah-blah”? Well, I usually send him into the library with his dad’s laptop to do his home reading. First, he listens to this computerized voice reading the book aloud to him. That sound makes me feel like smashing my head into our…

2 min.
the case of the ‘other’ heir

RAM DULARE PANDEY left a mess behind when he died in 2013. The telephone mechanic married Sushila Devi in 1990 in Faizabad and had a son, Aman, in 1997. But what he didn’t tell her was that he was already married to Geeta Devi and had two sons, Manoj and Saroj, with her. Both wives learnt the truth eventually but continued to stay married to him. One can only surmise that he died a happy, if busy, man. After Ram Dulare’s death, Sushila met his employers, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), to claim Pandey’s provident fund, family pension and other benefits, but was rejected repeatedly, on the grounds that she was not entitled to them. In August 2014, she moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), questioning MTNL’s decision and seeking relief. MTNL…

2 min.
the verdict

Justice Sanjiv Khanna of the Delhi High Court, in his judgement in the case Aman Kumar Pandey v. General Manager, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited and Another, dated 27 January 2017, overruled the order dated 28 January 2015, passed by the CAT in Sushila Devi v. General Manager, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited and Another, which indirectly decided on the son’s rights along with his mother’s, while rejecting her application to claim pension and other payments as the second wife. Justice Sanjiv Khanna observed that the dispute between Sushila and Geeta, as to who was the legally wedded wife of Ram Dulare, would not apply to Aman, who was protected by the inheritance laws in Section 16 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, that treated all children alike, giving them rights to their…