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Breaking new ground

Breaking new ground

Fighting alcoholism is tough, yet there are success stories...courtesy Alcoholics Anonymous, we bring you such successful journeys where people are building a new life step by step...17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

God, grant me the Serenity, to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.

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Mona

God, grant me the Serenity, to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference... chants out the motley crowd, Aisha, (27) is holding hands with Nimisha (31) who is joined by Vaneet (25), Vinod (42)... and so on.

In today’s world when we talk of diminishing bonds, individuals becoming lonelier...this group that belongs to a cross-section of society, they form a strong support.

‘I am Nehal and I am an alcoholic,’ says a woman in her late 30s, sharing her tale of loneliness; this is followed by ‘Main Suresh hoon aur main ek sharabi hoon’... a man revealing his inhibition of joining the group... no scene from sitcom Mom this is, but one of our many chapters from Alcoholics Anonymous — a group that meets every evening, shares its joys and sorrows, small victories and failures...lending support to each other.

Loneliness pangs

Nehal’s story is that of a woman having made her children centre of her world. As her son entered his teens and daughter joined hostel, she suddenly felt lost. Giving company to her husband on night-outs for a drink became the only ‘high’ of her life, “Before I knew, I was not only gulping down my drinks but also finishing my husband’s,” she admits right in your face. And then she became dependent on anti-depressant till her doctors put her in touch with AA. “Here, I got to know I am not the only one and that there is help.”

Fighting back

“In the society that I come from, alcohol is freely available,” says the tall and slender Niharika. When this fun turned into an obsession, she never realised. Educated in the finest university abroad, moving in circles where liquor is essential part of social life, she is trying taking the reins of life in her own hands. Niharika is banking on exercise and meditation to break her addiction. A tough journey, she feels fortunate that her sponsor (mentor from AA) is standing by her in her fight every single minute. Accompanying this young girl is Suhana, her first day at AA. “I have been trying to come here for last 15 year.” Touched by the support she got on her first day, super-inspired by Bhagwan Das, who celebrated his 18th birthday (18 years of being sober) she knows she is home.

Loss & gain

Not all here at this meeting in a prestigious institution are this privileged. Naresh, when he made to his first AA meeting, was just off the street in stinking clothes and womens’ slippers, which he had no memory where he picked from! Seven years sober, he gets welled-up sharing his story, “These very people welcomed me with open hearts. No judgements, no blame game; they helped me to get back home and reunite with my wife.”

Celebrating life

Meanwhile, the birthday card for Bhagwan circulates and members write messages; a white transparent plastic box for donation takes rounds too. This being the opening evening, those who have their birthdays (having completed a fixed number of years remaining sober) cut the cake as their families join in. A tall, old lady draws our attention. “Her husband was a member of AA; she lost him few years back but has continued to come and mentor families,” we are told. Amen!

Noble cause

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) originated in 1935 in America. Since then this mutually funded support group has spread across the world. It works in a 12-step programme along with daily meetings. The only requirement to join AA is the desire to stop drinking. One can reach out to AA website.

(Names have been changed to protect identities.)

mona@tribunemail.com

Verses from the heart

Verses from the heart

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Politically correct or an epitome of sobriety, acclaimed poet Rahat Indori won’t join the chorus of rabble-rousers.

SRK visits Dilip Kumar

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Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was recently hospitalised; he was admitted to the ICU and was treated for kidney-related ailment.

Back in time

Back in time

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has said the upcoming web series on freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose titled Bose-Dead/Alive is not a boring biography.

The moral fabric

The moral fabric

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Sumiran Kabir Sharma, one of the Gen Next designers at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2017, displayed a line-up that was more than just “beautiful dresses” in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Ready for the race

Ready for the race

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Salman, who is currently busy shooting for the last schedule of Tiger Zinda Hai along with Katrina Kaif in Abu Dhabi, will begin shooting for the third part of Race franchise from October.

Behind bars

Behind bars

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

We have seen Farhan Akhtar playing different kind of roles in his films, be it light hearted Imraan Qureshi in Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara or the intense Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

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Double fun this Dussehra

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Since the time Judwaa 2 was announced, many fan-made posters started doing the rounds on Internet.

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17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

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After the break

After the break

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Patrick Dempsey is returning to TV after a gap of two years and will star in Epix's series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, which is based on Joel Dicker's novel of the same name.

Pehredaar Piya Ki shifted to 10 pm slot

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) has directed Sony channel to move its daily soap Pehredaar Piya Ki to the 10 pm slot and run it with a scroll saying it does not promote child marriage.

Knot worthy

Knot worthy

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

It’s time for celebration in veteran actress Moon Moon Sen’s family as her daughter Riya Sen is all set to tie the knot.

All about ‘distracted' driving

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

A team of researchers has produced an extensive dataset examining how drivers react to different types of distractions, part of an effort to devise strategies for making driving safer.

Beyond sushi and sashimi

Beyond sushi and sashimi

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Indians may be getting increasingly experimental with their food palate, but they mostly picture only a sushi roll or tempura in their head when asked about Japanese cuisine, says Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, who has had a culinary relationship with India for almost 15 years.

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BREATHE easy

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Adenoids, also known as nasopharyngeal tonsils, are a mass of lymphatic tissue situated posterior to the nasal cavity, in the roof of the nasopharynx, where the nose blends into the throat.

Reward for patriotism

Reward for patriotism

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Sonu Sethi an entrepreneur and activist from Tricity has produced a short patriotic video as a tribute to India's defence forces, martyrs and freedom fighters.

A bride’s best friend

A bride’s best friend

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Indian Wedding Show, a premier pan-Asian wedding exhibition, in keeping its commitment to the Indian ethics and the people's love for weddings, returns with another season of grandeur and ethnic elegance on August 19 and 20 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, South Delhi.

THE YEAR AHEAD

17 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

The planet Rahu is transiting in Cancer sign today.

Elvis Presley fans hold candlelight vigil 40 years on

Elvis Presley fans hold candlelight vigil 40 years on

16 Aug 2017 | 12:20 PM

MEMPHIS: Elvis Presley fans from around the world held a candlelight vigil outside his Memphis home on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the singer’s death.

‘Mooh bola beta’ Shah Rukh Khan visits Dilip Kumar

‘Mooh bola beta’ Shah Rukh Khan visits Dilip Kumar

16 Aug 2017 | 1:27 PM

MUMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan paid a visit to veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who calls the superstar his “mooh bola beta”. The visit came after the 94-year-old returned home following a week-long stay at the Lilavati Hospital here for kidney-related problems.

Bharat Ka Rahne Wala Hoon...

Bharat Ka Rahne Wala Hoon...

15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

As India gears up to celebrate its 70th Independence Day, popular actor-director Manoj Kumar, who has had the sobriquet of ‘Bharat Kumar’, is a proud man.

Matter of pride

Matter of pride

15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

The start of Independence Day weekend witnessed Haider star Shahid Kapoor posting a video in which he can be seen shaking his head onto his favourite track with some magical embedded effects.

Jai Hindchatter box

Jai Hind

15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

Our national heroes have given us a slogan, ‘Live And Let Live’, and I wish we Indians should follow it.

Mohe rang de Basanti…

Mohe rang de Basanti…

15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

We mark the 70th Independence Day today.

Thank you, Melbourne

Thank you, Melbourne

15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with daughter Aaradhya Bachchan experienced a moment of pride when she became the first Indian actress to hoist the Indian flag at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).

The sign

The sign

15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

Actor Chris Pratt was spotted without his wedding gold band for the first time since announcing his split from wife Anna Faris.

Rajkummar is special

Rajkummar is special

15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

Lauded by cine-goers and critics for his high-powered performances, Rajkummar Rao has positioned himself as one of the most reliable and bankable actors in Bollywood.

Prabhas’ calculated move

Prabhas’ calculated move

15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

Prabhas became a household name with Hindi-speaking audience post the success of Baahubali: The Beginning.

Bride & a border

Bride & a border

15 Aug 2017 | 11:40 AM

The three-time Olympic gold champion in field hockey Balbir Singh Sr was all of 22, during Partition.

Sing a song of freedom...Punjabi circle

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15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

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Azadi from geri route?

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15 Aug 2017 | 12:36 AM

The geri route, encompassing Sectors 8, 9, 10, and 11, of Chandigarh has commanded much attention for its notoriety.

Eat and greet

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