January 23, 2017

Ahmedabad SHG Meeting Report of 22/01/2017 (08 am to 10 am)


भुलाये नहीं भूलते वो बचपन के दिन,

बागों में झूले झुलाने के वो प्यारे से दिन,

सुहाने सपने वो लड़कपन के, बचपन के,

जब जी चाहता था उड़ने का आसमान में,

और कभी चाहत थी के, ले तारो को गिन,

भुलाये नहीं भूलते वो बचपन के दिन,

बारिशों के मौसम में कीचड से खेलना,

या कभी नाव चलाना कागज की गली में,

कितने सुहाने थे वो बचपन के दिन!!!

Today meeting was held indoor at Mr Shailesh shop. We seven members attended meeting Mr Vipul, Mr Shailesh, Mr Smit, Mr Anil, Mr Roshan, Mr Harshil and including me (Mr Vivek) We all are thankful to Mr Shailesh for the space provided with the help of which today meeting took place.

Firstly we all gave introduction to each other and came to know little bit of each other .

Then we shared ours childhood memories and dreams,what we wanted to become in life and what we have achieved till now. All the seven members heard each other and came to know how we have struggled from the obstacles and overcome them in life and achieved the goal. For the shorter period of time we became child again and enjoyed the childhood memories.

We all are thankful to co-ordinator Mr Vipul who organised the meeting. It was my first SHG meeting in Ahmedabad and I am very thankful to all the members who participated in today SHG meeting.

Vivek Puri.

January 22, 2017

Acting sessions - Bengaluru SHG - 22/01/2017



1) The session started 8:15 AM and with the first three activities that will be our routine exercises for all the next sessions:
  1. Warm-up: Warming up your body by doing short and small exercises. The reason being opening up the body points and joints that are generally constricted because of our lifestyle. Taruni(a yoga preacher) also supported and help me get through all the needed exercises. For an actor body is very important and unless body is fully warmed-up or fully active, the acting won't come by so well.
  2. Voice exercises: We explored today about breathing from diaphragm(area below the chest), breathing in and out. All of us tried it out, for some it was new and some already knew it. So as an exercise we started to get the hhhh sound when breathing out. And, along with hhh sound we started getting the vowels out. So it would be like "hhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa", "hhhheeeeeeeee"....so on and forth.
  3. Played a game, zip, zap, zopp. Focus game and you can search on internet more about it. It was fun and i was the first person to lose focus and so was out of the game :) but otherwise we all had a good time. The game will change from one session to another.

2) We started out with the first assignment that was given yesterday. All of them were told to come prepared with
  1. reading of the short story "Yayati"
  2. Remember one of the lines from the play. Yayati(by all boys) and Sharmistha(by Manasi)
  3. Recite those lines but with adding a purpose and imaginary circumstance
For everyone's benefit, we again went through the story of Yayati as given here:
Also, not everyone was clear what was the assignment, so reiterated and everyone took 5 minutes to remember the lines and come up with imaginary circumstance and adding a purpose. There was a feedback on those who tried, for some it was postponed to next week as they needed time to think. Overall i believe it was a good exercise and if done properly helps great in understanding texts of a play. It will be done again the next week by those who couldnt try.
Pramod remembering the lines of Yayati
Tarunidhar immersed in Yayati

Rajkumar remembering the lines of Yayati
Bharat trying to remember the lines
Mansi engrossed in Shamristha
3) Then we started with the "repetition" exercise. Repetition is an exercise that works on your impulses. For an actor, impulses are the key. The better you react, the more truthful your act looks like. The exercise was quite simple, repeat what the other person says. I did this exercise with everyone. Everytime i gave an opinion about the person and the person had to repeat exactly the same but make it true. For eg. when i did with Tarun:
I said " I like your T-Shirt"
Tarun repeated: "You like my T-Shirt?"
So it went on until the pile-up and then it could be any other line and repetition must continue. We all tried with each other.

4) Before leaving, we tried finding expressions through gibberish. It was tried by everyone and each one had to display an emotion by talking gibberish. Gibberish helps us to focus on emotion rather than lines. It was done well but lot of us need to open up still. Some of us are still shy and haven't really come out of our own mental cage. It will take time but will happen some day.

Next week when we meet there will be three assignments everyone need to come prepared with:
1) Observation: Choose anyone who you know and imitiate that person's behavior, their walk, their talk, any habit of theirs. I would be asking some questions on that person/animal and it will help you improve internalization and externalization of any character.
2) King Yayati's lines - come prepared with purpose and imaginary circumstances for those who couldn't try today.
3) Repetition will be added with concentration - for this we discussed on the things we do that make us get engrossed. For some its watching movies etc.. However we decided on trying out several things. I will also check what all someone can get and then we redo this repetition exercise but adding something interesting to it. I haven't tried myself before, so will be interesting to try and observe.


January 21, 2017

Acting sessions - Bengaluru SHG - 21/01/2017


The session started 8:15 AM with a bit of discussing objectives and expectations from this workshop. Most of them had communication, confidence as a key expectation of this workshop. Communication and confidence will be dealt with but gradually, it will start to take shape. It cannot happen in a day or two. We also discussed timing and agreed to keep timing as is and also stressing on the punctuality. So with all such discussions, we started our first class.

1) The first point was "What is Acting"? Everyone gave their views. I quoted these lines from Stanford Meisner - "Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances".

2) To demonstrate the definition practically, we all did an exercise. Everyone was asked to walk from one end of the hut to another end.

3) The walk needed to have a purpose, for eg. crossing the road or meeting someone etc. Everyone demonstrated their walk and added a purpose, the reason why they walk end to end. Mansi crossed the road, Bharat - as a soldier walked one end to another hiding from the enemy, Nishil too did something interesting and engaging, Rajkumar opened the door for someone, Pramod  walked to meet his date for the first time,

4) After this to demonstrate a kind of imaginary circumstance, all the actors were sent to the stage and asked to search for an imaginary key and imagine the space as a house. While the search was on, an imaginary knock was introduced to them and they need to open the door and start imagining what's going on. This led them to imagine and come up with a circumstance that can be played with. The task was executed quite well.

5) We spoke about "Observation" as a very important tool for actors. Everyone was asked to observe someone and play that person the next weekend meeting.

Tomorrow we meet again and go little deep into purpose, circumstance and also introduce "repetition" exercise.

January 20, 2017

Bangalore SHG Jan 15, 2017 meeting report

We had a healthy turnout in the 2nd meeting of this wonderful year.
Fellow members: Abhinav, Pramod, Mohit J, Mohit S, Jonali, Mansi, Anupam, Kavish, Abin Thomas, Flying Visit by Bharat

We started off the meeting by reading "Apna Hath Jagannath" Book. Setting our vocal chords to the task and building confidence with each uttered word, we moved forward to other tasks.

Story Narration

Jonali narrated an inspiring story about fern and bamboo.

A fern grows quickly after it has been seeded, whereas the bamboo takes up to 4-5 years to grow into a tiny sprout. But within the next 6 months, it shoots for more than 100 feet. It had grown strong roots in its first five years and hence it was able to reach such heights. The same is with us, we do not have to be depressed when our work is not bearing immediate results maybe it is in speech or in daily life the hard work and dedication needs to be there and our time will soon come where we achieve new heights.

January 14, 2017


This is a concise book, mostly regarding stammering and stammering mindset .It shows people who stammer to approach their own stammer in a holistic manner. The language is simple and the book can be read in one go.This book can be a guide map for people who stammer, to be revisited whenever needed.It is not a quick-fix for stammering,but a help-book for an ongoing process.

January 13, 2017

Bangalore SHG January 08, 2017 meeting report

"God gives most difficult work to his most capable soldier".

When Arunima Sinha, a national level volleyball player, lost one of his legs in a train incident, the people around her thought her life is ending. But she accepted that as a challenge and conquered the Mount Everest. Now climbing various mountain peaks is her passion.

Karoly Takacs, a Hungarian-born 25m air pistol shooter, lost his right hand due to a faulty bullet, the fellow players thought his shooting career ends. But he secretly practiced with his left hand for one year and won the national championship as well as Olympic 1952 gold medal.

January 10, 2017

Happy New Year f.f.friends

             Every new year brings hope and joy to our lives. Our minds are full of New Year resolutions and hope of better future.. But, do we need to neglect the joys of our life-journeys in anticipation of reaching our destination, i.e. success?? What is life but just a journey!!
            For PWS like us , the enigma of  understanding stammering is analogous to humankind's search  of  God-both are extremely difficult to decode!! So we have no small task at hand.Hence, while dealing with ways to manage our stammer, let us not be in awe of our stammering all the time -lets focus on other aspects of life as well.How about spending time with our loved ones; taking a short vacation to unwind in the lap of  nature;or putting our level best to the immediate task-be it cooking a meal or solving a difficult mathematics problem; or reaching out to someone in need of our help.. 

Wish you all a happy new year.

P.S-You are welcome to share your feelings on TISA blog, preferably in Hindi or English.For any assistance kindly contact me at abhikumar.bsnl@gmail.com or Hemantji at janhem1008@gmail.com.


जीवन के 10 अमूल्यए दिन!!!

Vipassana means to see things as they are and not as we usually assume to be. It takes you to discover the truth by self and not through others.This is fundamental right of every soul.

Meditation with objective or desire to change is no meditation at all.

I attended Vipassana course from 21st Dec 2k16 to 01st Jan 2k17. Just a rising of  New Year with lot of positive vibrations.

The experience of "sound of silence" and spending time with yourself is an experience by itself.

You learn alot about yourself and also realise that the family and the world can move without you.

A person must go there with positive attitude and accept everything unconditionally.

The best feeling i got was feeling of oneness and resonance of self with nature. Words can't explain it, you have to experience to feel it.

Vivek Puri.

January 8, 2017

Even Though...

Even though sometime I doubt your generosity,
I will continue to trust your love.

Even though I often fear your justice,
I will continue to trust your compassion.

Even though I am old and weak,
I will keep on aspiring to the highest goal in life.

Even though I turn my face away, and get lost in the world,
I know you will seek me out eventually.

Even though it is a long journey,
I know when it is time to step off the train, you will hand me my ticket.

Even though my trials never end,
Your mercy forsakes me not.

Even though you have given me a Mind, to play with,
I will seek You beyond my thoughts, my fancies.

Even though you have given me Ages, to carry on my Play,
I will seek thee in this very Moment.

A lump of shapeless mud,
Revolving on the potter's wheel,
I wait for Thy touch.

(Christmas, 2016; Herbertpur)


Have you seen the woman, opening up a sweater?
And knitting it again into something else?

That is my Mother.
She has unravelled old sweaters of my desires..
And has made me a prayer mat!

When my life comes apart, when familiar desires seem insipid..
Mother promise, you will come - and hand me my prayer mat!

Ages will pass
Cosmos will wobble on..
But when I open my eyes
Promise me, You will still be there Mother,
Looking at me, next to my prayer mat!

December 31, 2016

ब्लॉग बंदी ?

"जैसे मोदी ने नोट बंदी की वैसे ही आपने ब्लॉग बंदी कर दी ! ये कैसी बात है? "
कमल का ये फीड बैक अपनी जगह सही था ! इस से पहले की मै अपनी वजहें रखता उसने और जोड़ा -
"हम में से कई लोग पुराने ब्लॉग पे ज्यादा सहज - (comfortable) - थे.. "

November 5, 2016


Mother and the baby played in a park. The baby ran all over- chasing the butterflies..
It stumbled all over the bushes, looked at trees as if they were people, enchanted and frozen ..

Then it was time to go home. Mother held baby's hand, looked up and down the street, and crossed.
The baby looked straight ahead. In fascination.

This is how, I hope to cross the street, when it is my time..


The baby played in the dirt - with great abandon.Then it was time for a bath.
Mother cajoled the baby into taking his upper off. But he wouldn't part with his nickers.

Mother pulled him into the tub. Some splashes and baby gave up all shame.
They splashed water over each other.. and the laughter was heard far off in the street.

That is how I will stand naked, bereft of shame, when it is my time..


It was a starlit night. Mother and baby sat at the doorsill.
She pointed out all the funny shapes moving and merging in the sky.

The baby was fascinated with fireflies and wanted to chase them.
But the baby was scared of the dark.

Finally mother took up the baby in her lap and stepped out in the lawn.
Fearless, the baby grabbed at fireflies now.

I too will step out in the night, when it is my time,
In full assurance that I am never alone.

November 3, 2016

Migration : Dont panic!

Friends, we encourage you to start contributing to our TISA website ( http://stammer.in/ ) by sending your announcements, stories, poems, case studies, write ups and pictures etc. to info@stammerindia.org or harishusgaonker@gmail.com .

September 21, 2016

Experience of Bhavana as this was her first NC...... "Man ki baatein"

Myself Bhavana Patil from Mumbai SHG.
It was my first NC.I was nervous and tense about NC as I was knowing very few people from Mumbai only.
But I after reaching Goa I felt a infinite comfort zone when Goa SHG people and other gave us warm welcome 😊.
Everyone was introducing themselves with "stammering and blocks".. Those blocks were making me more comfortable each time as there will be no1 to laugh at me😀
In NC,I met many experienced and well settled people. I was always having thinking that I can't do anything in my life due to stammering but after meeting those people my mind set have got changed in a positive way and I decided to work more hard towards my goal.🙋
The calm environment in Goa gave me time to think about me. Beaches were giving me inspiration you can do it ,don't quit.😤
Now,I had accepted myself as I am,I am no more hiding my stammering also working for improvement. There was a huge difference between Bhavana who has arrived to Goa🤐 and Bhavana who has departure  from Goa🗣.
Last one, I proudly tell my friend now I am having huge network of friends all over the India.. 🙆...

Thank you all for such a great experience ,I wish I will have more in future.. 😀 Happy to have you all🤗🤗.....