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Reader’s Digest India | September 2015 Issue | Magazine Reviews

Published quite on time, the September 2015 issue of Reader’s Digest (India edition) is focused on the Medical world. The use of White, black and blue colours on the cover page is quite expected. The cover page looks simple yet appealing.

Reader's Digest - Sep 2015 Issue

Reader’s Digest – India – Sep 2015 Issue

The editorial of any magazine is an important part of the same. It not only bridges a link between the reader and the editor but also serves as a medium for the editor to convey his thoughts and idea about the content of the same. In straight forward editorial this month, we got to know some interesting facts like when the editorial team was searching for real life medical drama in Reader’s digest archives, they found only two cases when anyone was survived after getting a hard object pierced in the heart!

The article about Felix Finkbeiner is quite inspirational and eye opener. As per the Plant-for-the-Planet page, in 2007 Felix came with the idea “Plant-for-the-Planet” (he was 9 years then!). He is well respected for his initiatives and had even spoke to gatherings at various giant companies and even UN.

Felix Finkbeiner speaking at UN

A very detailed article, studded with nice photos. It is rightfully placed under the hood Everyday Heroes. Don’t give it a miss.

Respected as one of the finest profession, Teaching is not considered as the best career option by many. However, a teacher has an ability to make or break a genius or a good human from a growing up fellow. The famous Indian scholar Chanakya rightly said “Pralay and Srujan Us Ki God Mein Palte Hein (he is capable to initiate a fantastic creation, and to wreak a havoc as well)“. 5th September is celebrated as The Teacher’s Day in India in the memories of Late President Dr. Radhakrishnan. It is obvious to find inspirational and life-changing stories of teacher-student union in this issue. What caught our attention is a small poetry like article (by Taylor Mali) titled What do teacher’s make. It is small but intelligently wrote.

Technology is definitely a boon, only if used wisely.

We are living in the digital era where almost everything is available at our fingertips. But too much use of technology often takes control over us. Sometimes we feel that like “No Smoking Zones” we may need to develop “Internet Connection Free Zones” in future. No we are not sadist, nor pessimistic. But we found a lot of cases in the society where the digital connectivity played a third person in a relationship! A small yet effective article on this issue under the title The Digital Disconnect is good read.

You may like to read this article at IndiaTimes.

Munchausen by Internet – is a must article in very similar genre.

Bite back – is small article about bed bugs. The article however doesn’t provide a solution for the problem. And seems written in half-backed manner.

Simplicity is the best thing we can have; proves the theme article of this issue – “Simple ways to healthier life”. It is a consolidated list of some of the wise advise our elders keep giving us, plus some health facts. If we make our life style a little different, we can do good for our health. As Indian prime minister Narendra Modi recently said in a conference that, due to the modern life-style, a person uses escalator at various places, and the lack of physical activities lead him to run of a fancy jogger at the Gym. So the use of electricity is done at both the places. Sometimes, when possible, can’t we rather use stairs to save our time and health!

The article about Blood Pressure and the latest medical news are worth a read, and some advises may prove helpful to you.

We are still fascinated with the Royal lifestyle, right? An article about two queens (queen Victoria and queen Elizabeth II) re-iterates the fact. The article beings back some of the historical facts and can be read for the same.

Cornelia Kumfert’s article – World of Wisdom – is a pictorial journey of some of the large and fantastic libraries from around the world. It is a treat for avid readers. The photos in the article are capable enough to develop a temptation to visit these libraries.

RD Classic – section brings back the article titled – Information please – from old issues. The innocent boy and his curiosity about telephone is explored pretty nicely. The article also explores that how, in the early days, any technology seems like the magic and change lives of people forever.

Love to have a Tea?
Then, the article about Tea (by Andrew McCarthy) is a treat for you.

Truth is often stranger than the fiction.
A man (Bharat Sharma) in Aligarh was shot in heart. He resumed his work later on. After a couple of months doctors told him the bullet is still in his heart!! Can you believe it?!

You need to read the fact based article to believe it.

Bonus read – segment bring another real life drama. If not provided facts and photos, you may consider it as the work of fiction. It is one of the strangest case in American crime history which is explored in the article – Exonerated. It is about a crime and a lie which is resulted into life sentences for three fellows. The article ends in a positive way where their innocence is proved and the truth triumphs.

That’s outrageous – section talks about how some people ignores having an insurance for the two wheeler. As per legal rules, it is mandatory for any two wheeler (bicycles excluded) should be insured before running on the road. Some people ignores having it to save a few hundred rupees (a year) which sometime may cost them a fortune (in case the things go wrong). As it is said prevention is better then cure. The vehicle owner needs to understand and implement it.

Final Verdict

The issue is studded with some nice articles which are definitely worth reading. A balanced issue focused on medical worth and real life aspects. It is worth its price (not only money but also the time you spend to read it).

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