Feb 20th, 2010: YWCA, Chennai. Mini Conference hall. About 35 participants.
We started with some video clips on stammering, then Unspeakable. Sachin requested Raja and Sabarish to tell the audience briefly about the movie before screening it. By 4 pm, everyone had arrived- the media and all the SHG members, three person from Cognizant and others- Mr Hasanand, Vishal, Francin, Chittibabu, Sabarish and many others.
Sachin, Keith, Mani set the tone- it is the first anniversary of Chennai Self hep group! Many people came – received the benefit and moved on in life; Many have continued to attend and now, help others. A lot of ground has been covered in last one year. Many participants talked about this. Thereafter, EVERYONE was given a chance to come and share their thoughts. Some young men, who ran out of thoughts (what to say, beyond name?) sang a few lines! Last event- we watched “tere mere beech” interview of Rithik Roshan. What this famous actor has done is a role model of “acceptance” for many of us. Then, a group photo- dinner and we dispersed. We had to get up early next morning to go to Mahabalipuram.
PS: A dear young lady, wife of a SHG member spoke very nicely about the positive changes she had observed in her husband. God bless her! The lady reporter from the local English daily also asked some pertinent questions.