Jasbirji, was in Goa last week. He was on his official
visit, but was gracious enough to extend his stay by two days to spend time
with the local SHG. And what an eventful two days we had..!
public. We flashed listings on local newspapers, and collaborated with the
International Centre Goa (a convention centre with conference rooms). Jasbirji
delivered a talk on Vipassana, which was well received by a small audience.
After the 40 minute talk on Vipassana, Jasbirji talked about TISA, how it
changed his life and the core ideologies of TISA. A PWS had come for the talk,
and Jasbirji spent some time talking to him.
overwhelmed by Dr. Farida’s hospitability with the lunch treat and then a
quality chat with her at her residence over a cup of hot black tea. The evening
ended with a visit to a Gurudwara.
outing with Jasbirji. So five stammerers set out on the Sunday morning, looking
forward to a day full of sun, sand and stammering..!
was perfect- the rain gods had taken a day off, and the sun preferred to rest
behind the clouds. Jasbirji led us on the beach and suggested we should try
voluntary stuttering on the beach.
voluntary stuttering with the passer-bys. Taking inspiration, we followed suit.
After getting our legs wet in the beach waters, it was time for a boat ride.
The boat was a 14-seater boat. As the other passengers came in and the boat was
full, Jasbirji made us talk in front of all 14 people right inside the boat.
Yes, it was a great experience- trying public speaking with a bunch of
strangers in the middle of the sea. We even spoke about TISA and shouted
slogans – “Yes, we are stutterers”. In the meanwhile, some dolphins too greeted
us from the sea.
lunch on a beach-side shack. Post lunch, Jasbirji inspired us even more with
some water sports. Jasbirji tried winch para-sailing, that is, sailing in the
air on a parachute, right in the middle of the sea. This was one of the most
adventures water sports among all available that day on the beach. Jasbirji
said that he wanted to try something more adventurous, and not merely fun.
another beach, which was more peaceful than the Colva beach. Here, we had a
table-topics session (impromptu speaking) on the shore, and then some exercises
like breathing exercises, shouting exercises and others, inside the waters.
us in many speaking situations, pushed us out of our comfort zones and guided
us with some techniques and exercises. Learning and stuttering was never so
much fun. We all are thankful to Jasbirji for the wonderful time he spent with
us, which we are going to cherish forever.