A Successful Voluntary Stuttering Day

As a pws,my first voluntary stuttering day was an eye-opener for me.It put many of my negative beliefs out in the trash.I had never once voluntary stuttered in my life.I had read about its benefits but was too scared to try it out.Thats the reason I had posted it on the TISA website so that I wouldn’t chicken out at the last moment and I didn’t.All of my voluntary stuttering was with strangers(shopkeepers,conductors,tourists,liitle kids,rickshaw pullers,etc)The first time I planned to voluntary stutter my heart was pounding like hell.I went over to a woman to ask for directions and stuttered on purpose and to my surprise she just told me and went away.I then asked some more people !!! Same result !!!

I wanted them to react but they just wouldn’t.Then it struck my mind.In my whole life,except me,nobody gave a damn that I stuttered,it was only in my head.I then started exaggerating my stammering a lot.This led to another amazing discovery.As I was faking my block,I could see the other person trying his/her best to help me get my word out and then explained me a simple thing(that I had asked) in a very elaborate manner so as to make sure I didnt face any problem finding the place.My previous belief that people get impatient and uneasy at my stutter was also torn apart.For the first time I saw their faces carefully when I stuttered and I could feel they wanted to do whatever they could to help me.The expression on their face was not of impatience.I didnt meet a single guy who was impatient or made fun of me.

The worlds is full of such people and we pws fail to see them as we are so caught up in our stammering and our negativity.I actually had tears in my eyes as I headed home.I couldn’t believe that all my life I had failed to see such wonderful people from all walks of life all around me !!!!!!

Funny moments-I asked a guy(while stammering) where was sector 15(I had no intention of going there)He said he was going to 15 and insisted me to come with him..When I said no,he just wouldn’t listen to me and kept forcing me until I told him I was waiting for a friend to come.

This is a feeling I had which I find funny.Once I forgot to stutter while talking to someone and when I realized that,I started scolding myself.This was the first time in my life that I was scolding myself for not stuttering.

PS-I request all TISA members to check out my blog http://mystammer.blogspot.com/ where I write whatever I have learnt about my stutter.I could really use your comments to improve my blog.

Post Author: Harish Usgaonker

8 thoughts on “A Successful Voluntary Stuttering Day


    (February 21, 2011 - 5:03 pm)

    Well done Mr. Dhruva.

    You're going great !

    Keep going.


    (February 21, 2011 - 6:00 pm)

    Truly amazing, Dhruva! Yes, we tend to carry our childhood beliefs even in our adult life.. Yes, VS is a nice way of checking out the external reality; It is also a very practical and cheap method of finding out our level of courage, grit and commitment to self-development..
    You have documented the whole experience quite nicely too.


    (February 21, 2011 - 9:00 pm)

    Druva..that great man !!!

    A lot of innovative contribution is coming out form you in such a short span of time. Whether it is writing a blog and adapting new speech techniques. You have becomes a forerunner for the young brigade (you are doing so much in such a tender age).

    Voluntary Stuttering is a great help to desensitize oneself… it’s amazing to see people reaction when we stutter voluntarily and make stuttering a fun activity. Its so true that no one give a damn to stuttering unless it is harmful and we know very well that where to draw the line.

    Kishore Bisht


    (February 22, 2011 - 5:35 am)



    (February 22, 2011 - 6:30 am)

    I can c a leader in the making! Dhruv you are full of courage, initiative and most importantly you take ACTION! And i like your blog..all of your posts are full of deep insights!


    (February 22, 2011 - 12:08 pm)

    Thanx a ton everybody,I hope more pws will celebrate the voluntary stuttering day with me the next time !!!!

    Vaibhav Talegaonkar

    (February 23, 2011 - 11:01 am)

    Congrats druve.Keep writing such inspirational blogs.


    (February 23, 2011 - 4:16 pm)

    u put the iceberg in oven…the iceberg cant take it..it just melts away….

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