Monday, August 20, 2012



I feel quite sad when I see so many individuals addicted to things like tobacco and alcohol. 

I know a doctor who smokes. He knows that smoking is injurious to health but he just cannot stop smoking.

Another acquaintance of mine who is showing signs of becoming alcohol dependent just cannot quit drinking, though everyone tells him that if he does not quit drinking alcohol, he soon maybe on the road to alcoholism.

There are some who are addicted to gambling and they cannot stop gambling though they know that gambling can ruin their lives.

There are so many bad habits, vices and addictions.

Conquering an addiction is attaining freedom from bondage.

More than 10 years ago I quit smoking and drinking. 

On the occasion of World No Tobacco day I re-posted a blog post I had written long back about how I quit smoking.

The is given below and also at the end of this post, in case you are a smoker (or know a smoker) who wants to quit smoking.

But before you read that blog post, please read the Haiku below titled "My Minerva Moment" I wrote many years ago to celebrate the moment I quit smoking to describe my freedom from the bondage of smoke rings.

smoke rings
chains of bondage
like handcuffs

fresh breeze
smoke rings dissolve
I am free

Oh yes, Dear Reader, this is exactly what I felt like when I freed myself from the smoking habit - conquering an addiction is like freedom from bondage.

Now please click the link below to read about the Three Stage Technique on how to Quit Smoking

You can use this de-addiction technique to conquer other addictions as well.
Do comment and tell me if you liked the Haiku and the self help article 

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Vikram Karve
A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram Karve has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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