March 27, 2017
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March 24, 2017
Written By - Raj Kumar
I am a male PWS. I was born in 1996, now 20 years old. My parents originated from Shanti Niketan, West Bengal and are currently living in Gurgaon. Currently I am pursuing hotel management from Instiute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi.
For the first time in my life I realised that I was a stutterer when in 5th standard my teacher asked to recite a poem from a book. I realised that some words didn’t come out smoothly as they were used to before. The teacher asked me if I was nervous. But frankly, I wasn’t. I just went home and realised how much of an issue this can be.
Years passed and life went on and I just grew up with mild stuttering but was able to participate in an extempore or speech competitions and even won a few of them. After my secondary exams I changed my school. The people were new there and I felt lonely. I was slowly becoming an introvert person as I hesitated to speak to the new faces as I feared that they might judge too quickly. I made a couple of friends but was never the first one to start a conversation.
Two years went quite lonely for me as there was almost no interaction with any of my classmates and I always chose the corner seat where I would not be disturbed. My practical board exams got start and I was preparing for them. Things were going well until the viva. The viva I something like they are throwing stones at you and you have to dodge them. It was tougher for me than any theory exam. The teacher divided the students in groups with each of them having 5 students. When my group’s turn came I was the first one and I knew what I would be going through. The teacher asked all of us to tell the names. I stuttered in my name but somehow got it out. It was my turn and the teacher asked me question. I stuttered horribly and wasn’t even able to complete a whole sentence. The teacher asked me to have a glass of water and come back later. I went outside to drink water and I was thinking that when did I become like this. I was shocked to my core. I came back later and the teacher suggested to the take the viva with only me and not in any group. I agreed. He asked if I was nervous and uncomfortable. I was but I told him I wasn’t. He just told me to relax and answer the questions. Somehow I managed to complete the viva and the teacher wished me to do well in my life and not care about what people say.
After a few months, I moved to college. It was a new chapter of my life and I was afraid that the same would happen in college knowing what happened in school. On the first day itself, I made new friends and I always initiated the conversations. They asked if I had some problem in speaking and I frankly told them that I am a stutterer.
During my second year I noticed a boy was stuttering while ordering something from the canteen. I went upto him and asked if he was also a stutterer. He smiled and said yes. We became buddies after that. One day he said that he found a website which helps people overcome there stutter. We found a contact number from the website and we did not call but messaged, because of obvious reasons and found out that he was the admin of TISA Delhi SHG group. Soon we got the details and attended the first meeting and we were surprised that there were so many people like us. After that we attended some meetings and we felt much better and our morale was quite good.
The college was the best part of my life until the campus placements started. I always kept quiet in Group Discussions and was mostly out of the first round itself. One of my subject teacher told me that I should speak in Group Discussions as the panel won’t know that I stutter until I speak.
He even made me practice to speak in GD’s. Many companies came and I tried hard but couldn’t clear the GD’s. My first break came when Burger King came for placements and I was selected for the Panel Interview. I was nervous but happy. My interview went good and I wasn’t nervous as they already knew that I stuttered. The result came out the next day and I was selected. I couldn’t believe
that I was selected. I informed my parents and they were very happy and proud of me.
My college is about to get over and I have my final exams in May. After that I would be joining Burger King and finally I feel that I have achieved something inspite of the fact that I am a stutterer and it makes me feel very proud.
March 21, 2017
Next day kick-started with parantha as a breakfast and tea. Our first session included an inspirational talk with Sachin sir. He also explained about a phenomena called 'valsalva' which was very interesting to know about. We discussed our experiences about the 'stranger talk' and discussed other ways by which we can approach strangers. Dhruv facilitated a session of 'SMART' goal setting, both for individual and respective city SHG's. We discussed and a representative from every city shared their goals for next 6 months or a year, which we will be followed up regularly. An evening tea did its job and we did some role plays. We also did dancing, thanks to Anuprita for the wave step she taught us. We did some other fun filled activities, sher o- shayari in the evening. A mock interbiew session was also conducted for many SSC/CGIL/IAS aspirants.
A good bye underwent and we concluded the workshop with some pictures. These two days made an impression on all of us, which was also a life changing experience. We wish to imply all the techniques we learned and follow all our goals.
As Lao Tzu said, 'The journey of a thousand miles begin with one step''. Keeping this in mind, we took our first step towards self improvement.
March 20, 2017
|From Right Mr. MANOJ VISHNOI, RAVIN, PRAMOD JI, JASSI. PARAMJEET SINGH|
|From Right NITIN ,ASHMEEET SINGH From Delhi, Sumit, Ravin, Alok, Jassi,|
|RAVIN, JASBIR SIRJI, PRAMOD I, JASSI , KAPIL ,SUMIT|
|MANOJ, PARAMEET SINGH|
|Jasmeet and akhil |
|JASSI, GAUTTAM, SUMIT, KAPIL|
|PARAMEET BSNL, ALOK RBI, JASSI ZTE, RAVIN IT, SYED LAW :-)|
March 18, 2017
And also the need to practice for a long time, the ideas introduced in the 2 day workshop etc.🛂⏳ Because it is like learning a new language. So, give yourself some time. Dont be in a tearing hurry.
Oh yes, we also did mutual videography, while phoning strangers. Some ambitious participants ordered a new Scorpio, some explored exchange options, some phoned the bereaved families..
Yes, we all had put on our Van Heusen shirt with brightest possible orange fashion statement, haklao magar pyar se..👕💓👅👄 Some of us even slept in our designer shirt..
We also discussed about valsalva phenomena and discovered that :
when you r in an interview-
u r not in the loo 🚽🚾 -
so why strain? And have pain?
With no gain? 🗿🐝
Then, Dhruv facilitated a session on goal setting, individual as well as for the group. Also, how to hold ourselves accountable to these goals...🔨🔧🙌 🎯
Then, some truly funny role plays, 🐒 👺 Which I am sure only Pws can conceive and execute!🎭
Anuprita 👸 taught us some graceful dance steps.💃. Mock interviews, self assertion role plays, sher o shayari..👻 Then, we parted as family parts 😩.. Sad but sure that we will meet again. 👼
Soumya's parents came to greet and bless us on the last day!
March 17, 2017
March 5, 2017
March 2, 2017
Theatre Hat-ke is presenting their play "Taramandal" on 4th March, 2017 at Montfort Spirituality Centre.
Taramandal received the Hindu MetroPlus Playwright Award in 2010. It's written by Neel Chaudhuri.
About Theatre Hat-Ke:
Theatre hat-ke is a group originated within Bangalore SHG and as a result of the acting classes, we have had since January. The first batch of acting classes culminates with this final performance of Taramandal.
February 27, 2017
February 26, 2017
So it's Sunday morning!
Weather was cool and sunny🌞✨
So wait with anticipation is liked to be over.
Vastrapur lake was more beautiful as usual today.
so we were 5 members me, Vipul ,Vivek ,Harshil , Anant .
A meeting was Hosted by Harshil Damor he came with some unique agenda which we never had seen before.
So Harshil did guide us for first activity which was speaking on any Topic for 5 min but ..but... with closed eyes so moral was This activity speak anything that in your mind without seeing anyone face expression so ya that can be reduce the fear while expressing yourself to anyone.
Then second activity was something like same but with closed eyes as well as Ears so obviously it's like funny but we did for once
And we appreciate an idea and dream of Mr Vipul for opening a school for stammerers.. was really well
In final activity we did individually shared our a parrelel journey of life towards joining TISA from a bad stammerer , we shared our all efforts that we all did for manage our stammering
So A new member Anant showed up with brilliant idea to make documentary on life of stammerers so on next SHG meet we will start working on that
So finally proud to say Ahmedabad SHG is Ready for Next level
#Blessed to be a stammerer