Faith, in yourself!

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interviewed Soma, a Kolkata SHG member, now doing P. hd in IISc
Banglore. Very inspiring for all of us! Read on… Ed.)
Soma Roy. In this interview I want to share something with all you

am really very lucky to have very supportive parents. My father is an
agent in LICI and my mother is a classical singer. I have a cute
brother who is very brilliant student. He stood 13th
in the Higher Secondary examination in West Bengal. He is in first
year in Physics hons. in Belur Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandir.
passing the 12th
exam from Siliguri Girls’ High School, I came to Kolkata for higher
education in 2009. I got admitted in my dreamed Jadavpur University
in Chemistry
subject. I passed both B.Sc (2012) and M.Sc (2014) from Jadavpur
I got 55th­
in all India GATE exam and 48th
rank in CSIR-NET in 2014.
I am a research scholar in the renowned Indian Institute of Science
(IISc). After competing with many students from all over India, I got
IISc. I want to devote my education in the Cancer
research field and I want to help the whole society.
was always in toppers’ batch in my school. But I never went to any
debate competition or any exhibition in my school days – even
though I
am a very ambitious girl! After 12th
exam, I decided to go to Kolkata (Kolkata is 550 km far from my
hometown Siliguri!). I applied to
5 colleges and got chance in every college- among
I chose Jadavpur University as it was my dream to get admission
there. My parents were very very supportive. My idol is my father who
went to Kolkata with me and told me that he can cross every barrier
for my
As my family condition was not well at that time, I was little
worried about my education, but later I got INSPIRE-DST scholarship
from central government which almost ended
my tension with the same.
the real thing is that I am a stammerer. Earlier I thought that it
be some problem of my tongue, but I was
that when I sing, I never stammer! It can be a
problem for others, but for me, it represented
everything, stopping
me from a happy contented life!
Gradually it increased and began
my self-confidence. But I never lost hope. I practiced some
traditional speech therapy and boost up my confidence myself. My
father helps me a lot. Whenever I feel low, I remind him. He told me
a simple thing that to write the advantages and disadvantages of mine
in one page. I found some 14-15 advantages and just one disadvantage
i.e stammering! Then, I thought how this one disadvantage can destroy
me from inside.
From that day, I determined that I will never give up my hope.
had to compete with students from all over India for getting
admission in IISc. Now,
have got the best lab here and I am very happy with my work. But it
was not so easy at that time. I was worried about the
as I had
to face a bunch of professors at a time. I practiced slow reading,
mirror talking etc. I didn’t give up hope for a single day. As
the result, my name was at the top of the list and I got admitted to
my life has changed a lot. I come in lab at 9.30am and go to hostel
at 1am (yes!!!! at night). I have to stay in lab for 14-15 hours
everyday (don’t be surprised :-P). I have given 8-9 seminars after
coming to
IISc. Though I stammer, the extent has been reduced, as I have
reduced my speed also. My fear has almost gone and I am becoming
confident day by day. I could have
been a shy
girl, married
to a
guy after passing graduation, could
have had a
family, been
good housewife etc.
I would just
my stammering. But it is my life and I can and
do whatever I want to do. I wanted to do research and I know that
can stop me if I want it
heartily. This
realization has
changed my life and now I am doing what I always
just want to tell other pws that do whatever you guys want and don’t
give up confidence. Your life is in your hand…
Editor: Thank you Soma! And a big THANK you to your family, teachers and friends. You have brought up two important things: stammering makes things a little difficult, no doubt – but not impossible. If you set your heart on something, you can do it, as well as others- and as you prove, even better THAN others!
Second thing: society (family, teachers, colleagues, friends etc.) can play a huge role in recovery from stammering mindset. In fact, it appears that Society creates “stammering” and Society again, dissolves it. Disability is largely a social “construct”. If society makes up its mind that it will treat a pws no different, then there is no problem left to be solved. This is what we in TISA are hoping to achieve through our small efforts. Thanks again for your precious time and thoughts. Keep charging ahead!
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19 thoughts on “Faith, in yourself!


    (March 5, 2015 - 8:52 am)

    Really nice post I read 2 times its extremely encourage PWS I just joined TISA 2 months back and I definitely come to Herbertpur this month and ready for every task there.

    —-Shailender (Delhi)


    (March 5, 2015 - 9:31 am)

    Its really inspiring and PWS are mostly intelligent and courageous guys 🙂

    Premdeep Godara

    (March 5, 2015 - 9:38 am)

    Faith, in your self… thanks Tisa for such a great, inspirational post… Super like… We should never settle for less in life just because we stammer… 🙂

    Premdeep Godara

    (March 5, 2015 - 9:39 am)

    Faith, in your self… thanks Tisa for such a great, inspirational post… Super like… We should never settle for less in life just because we stammer… 🙂

    Abhay Shanker

    (March 5, 2015 - 9:40 am)

    Its truly inspiring and I hope all pws would have benefitted psychologically. Looking forward for workshop in herbertpur

    Abhay Shanker

    (March 5, 2015 - 9:42 am)

    It's truly inspiring and it has really given enough confidence. Looking forward workshop in herbertpur.

    jasmeet singh

    (March 5, 2015 - 1:05 pm)

    God bless


    (March 5, 2015 - 1:56 pm)

    Really nice and inspiring. I am proud of her….


    (March 5, 2015 - 2:05 pm)

    very inspiring write-up for all. it is full of positivity and hope 🙂


    (March 5, 2015 - 3:48 pm)

    thnks to all of u….ur comments will help me to improve myself


    (March 5, 2015 - 4:27 pm)

    Really very motivational…….we can dare to dream and then achieve them also…

    Sanjib Kumar Talukdar

    (March 5, 2015 - 4:28 pm)

    very inspiring write up, will be a source of inspiration for all PWS

    Anurag Mishra

    (March 6, 2015 - 9:11 am)

    Very much inspiring.
    You are role model for us

    Ali Mustafa

    (March 7, 2015 - 4:18 am)

    Very very Inspiring and Positive post,
    I had learned many thing from this post, thnx for such a awesome post.

    Rameshbabu Ginela

    (March 7, 2015 - 9:47 am)

    Good post

    Lalit Chawla

    (March 13, 2015 - 5:37 pm)

    I am really very pleased that you have the courage enough to accept your stutter in a positive note.

    Skt#999 Tripathi

    (March 14, 2015 - 9:12 am)

    Very inspiring & motivational post for every pws

    shyam sunder singh

    (March 23, 2015 - 10:14 am)

    Hi Soma !! Congrats for your achievement and your dream came true and your inspiring words !!!!! I could not stop myself from writing to you…I am also from Kolkata and am a motivational speaker & Trainer…………..But before this I was a stammerer and I took up this as a challenge and converted my greatest weakness into my greatest strength.Now I want to help the PWS to dream big and achieve. I had also met Kushal in Kolkata in one SHG and shared my experience with other PWS…It was wonderful to make them happy….Hope to meet you in Kolkata with the team if God wanted…..Have you a wonderful time ….GO AHEAD !!!!!

    Santanu Sengupta

    (May 19, 2015 - 6:32 am)

    This is one of the most inspiring stories ever in the history of stammering. I personally feel proud as she is coming from West Bengal (Kolkata) and I surely think the entire stuttering fraternity both in India and abroad will feel proud of her. Go ahead Soma. All the best wishes are with you…

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