saw 11 people attend, 2 recently joined faces(Subodh and Rajan), and the usual
suspects Anandh, Dinesh, Kishan, Pramod, Pravin, Mayank, Kiran, Chandrashekhar
and Sairam. It followed the earlier announced schedule(reading practice,
introductions and discussions). Some insights from the meet were
PWS shared that, he realized while we
are stuck up in stammering, there is a world beyond stammering, and that he is
much more relaxed now. Also, he felt that when we are more authentic(instead of
bothering about ‘looking good/avoiding looking bad.
PWS observed that the ‘Stammering Cure
Centre’(run by Partha Bagchi) had not put up its stall this year in the
Bangalore Book Festival 2012, for the first time in 5-6yrs. Maybe this is a
sign of people getting more mature about stammering ‘cures’!
PWS recounted the case of him being able to fluently give his details when he accompanied his father to a
hospital. He credited this to the long practice he had done(1/2hr/day reading)
and 3days/week Skype calls, besides attending SHG meetings for nearly a year
PWS practiced his introduction loudly, in advance of attending an army SSB selection. We wish him all the
PWS(with a masters degree on physiotheraphy)
spoke from the heart about escapism during interaction with patients, not
wanting applause for ‘speaking despite stammering’ but wanting to speak
fluently. His sincerity and will to improve was really inspiring
spoke passionately on ‘eve teasing’ bringing
in perspectives from law, history and grammar. His speech was excellent on
content and style(nearly flawless delivery and diction), and showed the extent
he had prepared it. As they say, preparation is vital.
summarized his sharing for the new joinees:-
Keep yourself busy-so that you don’t have time to
worry about pointless matters.
Integrity-keep commitment to yourself and
others, this boosts self confidence and makes you more likely to change also
Expert knowledge-not on irrelevant things like
cricket scores, but on work relevant things
blush, these points seem irrelevant to stammering itself, but is in sync with holistic
approach towards stammering. Some members at the end expressed their opinions
how to make the session s more fruitful.
To be part of Bangalore self help group for stammer/stutter, ping me at
dinesh.daredevil @ gmail.com