Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sorry, I quit smoking

(picture credit to Anti-smoke campain group (

A decade ago I was a chain smoker. (By count I can say 30 numbers of Cigarette a day),
It means one and a Half packet of Cigarette a day. That time one packet which I was using was costing Dhs.4/-

My Boss also a chain smoker, But he tried and failed many times to stop smoking.
In every New Year and His birthday or any other special occasions he will announce of his oath to stop smoking.
Beginning days he will not bring single piece of Cigarette along with him. He will try maximum to manage for two three days. But it never goes over this. By later he will send his Office boy secretly to me for borrowing a cigarette.
(In that time I face severe mental agony, because I can’t refuse or I can’t give him a cigarette) But many times I failed to do justice to my soul because I am just only a subordinate to him.

Due to my Wife’s arrival to gulf I forced to quit many of many good/bad habits.
My Smoking was one of the bad habit, she helped to stop it forever through her counseling and psychological treatments, which I never believe I could success.

1997 I started quit the smoking partially. And it was a success and the number is reduced to daily one or two. And in 2000 I completely said Bye- Bye to Smoking.

It was unbelievable to my Boss. He really wondered.
But he showed the greatness of his heart and kindness to his subordinate.
He promise me a worthy present that, if I continue like this for five years with out smoking a single piece of cigarette he will give me A.E.D.5000/-
It was marvelous encouragement for me. I couldn’t believe it. He has given a gorgeous offer for nothing gained to him but gains every thing to me. (Wealth, Health, love, Respect. Name etc)
The heaviness of amount and opportunity to show my will power lead me to take strong steps to continue up to the end.

That time I was working under heavy pressure. Company was passing through the financial crisis. A burning cigarette in his lips was trade mark of an Accountant who is working under pressure. But suffered too much, but never became the victim of temptation. My co-workers tried many times to make me tempted (They are jealously for me of getting 5000/- for nothing gain to company)
Some times I thought I can smoke in side my home and nobody in Office will report it to Boss. But my wife was like a Matron in the Ladies Hostel. (Later I know I can hide my Boss not my wife).
At last smoker inside me failed and I won smoking the cigarette completely.

After this my Boss never asks a Cigarette from me.
But one day I saw Office boy was wandering here and there for a Cigarette for Boss.
At last he collected one and I saw he entered to M.D’s cabin.
After one minute I got a call from my Boss to reach immediately to his cabin.
I got up quickly and entered with permission.

He was very angry and told me “You have broken your Promise and now my Offer of Prize is become invalid. I came to know you are smoking secretly and now it is revealed.

I was thoroughly shocked, I couldn’t believe this. I thought at once, The Office boy surely made some gossip.
I looked at him and delivered some hard Malayalam words for his bad behavior.
I saw he feel very much, and He was going to cry

But before cry he told me the truth in Malayalam.

I started laughing and I couldn’t stop it.
My boss got enthusiasm and he want to know that what he has told me.
I tried my maximum to avoid explaining it. But he was not allowing to leave the place with out translate the conversation between us.
Al last I told my Boss that He got the Cigarette from your younger son and He only told to say my name instead, if you ask about it.

My Boss became ashamed. I could not bear to see pale face. So I quit the Cabin immediately.

Years Passed, and I completed more than 5 years as non smoker. But our firm was going through a very bad situation and I avoid asking the Promise, but he was remembering it and always reminding me about it.
I always aid to him Prize money never bother me and which I saved is ten times worth than that.
Now I didn’t spend any money to doctor and Pharmacy due to smoking.
And your charismatic promise was great temptation to keep me on my oath and I won it. I will grateful to you in my whole life.

Even though I am very happy, I could not hide a sorrow in my inside that I could not do any thing to stop my Boss’s smoking habits. More over it is been increased day by day.
My be I am poor to Offer him an amount which can attract him or may be he has lack of a loving and guiding wife to keep him on the right track or may be he has a weak will power.

Still I feel pain, when I hear the sound of continuous coughing from my next cabin every hour intervals lasting two three minutes.
I could only pray to Allah for giving me a good will power to quit this ugly smoking and I always pray for my Boss for his mentality to give encouragement to somebody to stop smoking even though he could not success it.


Anonymous said...

Considering the long term benefits of smoking cessation such as low risk of succumbing to cancer, a significant reduction in mental stress, odorless breath et al, it is definitely necessary for you to start your quit smoking regimen as soon as possible. However, during the first few weeks, it may appear extremely difficult to get rid of this addiction, but as you consistently try to quit smoking for a certain period of time, your smoking cessation efforts would yield results.

കരീം മാഷ്‌ said...

Thanks Smith
I am not expert in good English writing. But I want to communicate this subject to as much as possible. so I rewrite it from my Malayalam Posting.

മാഷിന്ടെ തൂലിക: സോറി, ഞാന്‍ വലിക്കാറില്ല.

NPT said...

Dear Mash...i started smoking at the age of 14 and i quit that habbit wen i was on 23...
now i really hate the ppl who smokes..

കരീം മാഷ്‌ said...