By Vijay Simha
A day before Valentine's Day 2013, a young woman, 31, sent me this message.
"My father is a complete alcoholic. Many a times I took him to deaddiction centres. I tried everything I could. And finally, after years of struggle, I gave up on him some 15 days ago.
He had spoiled not only his relationship with his two daughters, his wife, his own siblings and friends in general, but he had no connect with himself.
I just got to know that my father died three days ago. He was brutally murdered by fellow drinkers with whom he had a spat.
As a daughter I feel bad that it happened to him, but if I view the entire thing in a logical way, it was his karma that got back on him.
I am sharing this personal story so you can use this to save somebody else's life."
As I write this, the young woman is in a Bengaluru crematorium attending to her father's last rites. When I called, she couldn't stop sobbing.Image: This photo taken on July 29, 2011 shows a bartender serving handcrafted beers to patrons at the Doolally micro brewery at the 1st Brewhouse Restaurant in Pune.