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Reader's Digest India

Reader's Digest India March 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.
future-proof your career

AROUND THIS TIME NEXT YEAR, our son will be taking his Class X board exams. We’ll blink and it’ll be time to pick a stream, seek college admission and decide on a career. Whoa—time to face the real world! This is just as scary for us as it has been for students and parents down the years. What confounds us, though, is the pace with which the world is changing around us. There is a good chance that he will make a choice, based on current prospects, but that job may vanish five or 10 years down the line. The next wave of technology—AI (artificial intelligence), 3D printing, robotics—will transform the career landscape. So, where do we start? There are two options: We drop everything else and turn into futurists, or tap…

1 min.
humour in uniform

“They have no military, sire—no one’s ever made it past their receptionist.” DURING AN ENTRANCE interview with the Air National Guard, my niece was asked, “How long have you wanted to be a pilot?” She answered by recounting an adorable story of how she was videotaped by her mother at the age of five saying she wanted to grow up to be a “princess pilot”. Her evaluator, unmoved, responded, “Princess interviews are next week, so we’ll just focus on the pilot questions, OK?” MARK GARVEY I ASKED MY DAD, a Navy guy, how far from land his ship was while on the ocean. “We were always just a few miles from land,” he said. “Straight down.” PAUL TRUSH THE PEN IS mightier than the sword, if you shoot that pen out of a gun. STEPHEN COLBERT Reader’s…

4 min.
over to you

STRESS, BEGONE ‘Conquer Stress Now!’ is a welcome article right in the beginning of the year. My friend used to say that a bit of stress is necessary to keep one going. I have taught my students to manage stress, if not eliminate it, using the acronym STRESS—S: set priorities, T: time and target activities, R: relax, E: expect the unexpected, S: see yourself in the big picture and S: set smart goals. DR N. GOPALAKRISHNAN, Bengaluru The cover story was well timed and gave valuable information. Stress is subjective—what’s stressful to A, may not be to B. Its management must be customized for individuals as per their need. Whatever impacts the mind, affects the body and vice versa. A daily dose of meditation and exercise is key. DR T. V. ANANTHANARAYANAN, Bengaluru BEATING THE…

1 min.
laugh lines

I weigh 240 pounds, and that is not OK. You know when the doctor gives you a rule of thumb for how much you should weigh? I’m pretty sure it’s not “your age plus 200 pounds”. LOUIS C. K. You can’t go from my level of activity into a marathon. Maybe a good start for me is not taking the car to get the mail. MEGAN MOONEY I’m on a strict running programme. I started yesterday. I’ve missed only one day so far. KEVIN NEALON A gym is just a PE class that you pay to skip. LISA LANDRY My new fitness goal is to just not be slower than the Google walking directions. SEAN DONNELLY I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than…

1 min.
see the world ...

... DIFFERENTLY Like clockwork, spring always sets off the planet’s largest wave of migration. When the season nears, billions of migratory birds start making their way to their summer accommodations. Hard to believe, but participants in these fascinating swarms seldom have trouble with one another in the air—much unlike their behaviour on the often seriously overcrowded rest areas along the way. Such is the case in Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri, USA. Here hundreds of thousands of snow geese take their annual breaks on the way further northwards.…

5 min.
the power of speech

UMESH SACHDEV WAS dejected and more than a little angry. This was 2007: He and his friend Ravi Saraogi had just presented an idea for their innovation, a tool that tracked mobile phones, to Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala, a professor of electrical engineering at IIT Madras and head of the Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI). Instead of an excellent review, what they got were ruthless remarks—their venture was not going anywhere, he had told them bluntly. What was most frustrating was he had broken it down, step-by-step. And his logic was irrefutable. Today, Sachdev, 31, and Saraogi, 34, run Uniphore—meaning universe—a company built around speech recognition and its analysis, with over 70 enterprise customers and products that have touched the lives of over four million end users. Last year, Time magazine…