That’s the word I would use to describe my
feeling about attending “the Grand SHG “. It was to be grand and special in
many ways. The new hosts of SHG, Soma and Teja shared the itinerary few days
ahead to give some idea of what exactly is in store for newbie(s) like me. This
was my first “Grand SHG”.
 This SHG meet was organized with the objective to
have maximum participation from its group members so that the exchange of
information regarding how to improve on our speech, sharing of individual’s
struggle against stammering, happens in a large scale and we all can benefit
from the practical information that would be shared by the members themselves.
From the messages being exchanged in the watsapp
group, we all knew that the hosts were super excited, doing every bit to make
it a success for everyone. Also, our kind seniors J ,
Dinesh and Sharath provided the necessary guidance.
The itinerary (as shared)

1. Introduction round (3 minutes will be given to each member to introduce
themselves including their struggle in life, achievement, dreams, hope etc.)
2. Experience sharing ( any motivational experience sharing regarding managing
of stammering or any situation in daily life)
3. Energizer activity
4. Block and tackle round (will be explore in meeting)
5. Voluntary stuterring
6. Singing a song ( If someone doestn’t know singing, they can tell anything in
the singing technique)
7. Fun Activity 

So, on the grand day i.e  13th December we all assembled in
Cubbon Park, Bangalore. At 10 a.m we started with the introduction round. During the introduction round, we all spoke without
any inhibition about our tussle with stammering . Yes!!, this is the beauty of
this group where we can openly and honestly speak about our fight for fluent
speech. It is also a great place to meet new people. We all listened with all
our attention when people spoke about their experiences finding a bit of their
experiences resembling ours. How most of us dread the introduction round,
because in this round if we stammer we also introduce ourselves as “stammerer”   implicitly. 
There was also helpful tips
pouring in during the next experience
sharing round.
Teja started this round by very correctly saying that we all
are motivational speakers and how we need to pump ourselves with some dose of
motivation now and then. Tarak Sir said that the
techniques like prolongation, meditation, breathing are there to help us but
the main thing we really should do is to talk as much as we can. It’s only by
communicating as much as we can, with whom ever we can, we can really improve
on our speech. Dinesh Sir advised us to control our anxiety and use the SHG
meetings as a battle ground. When you stand to speak before a group of people,
then only the real churning of your speech happens .He spoke how he has battled
his stuttering through the SHG meetings. Both Dinesh and Tarak Sir stands as
motivation for us. Akash added that it’s only our strong will that will push us
through our fight. Sharath rightly emphasized that we should follow the techniques
like prolongation, breathing while speaking. Rohit said it would really be
helpful if we practice well before giving any presentations or talk in our work
place .  Rohit recited a beautiful and
inspiring hindi poem “Koshish Karne Walon Ki Kabhi Har Nahi Hoti “ ( I have put
the poem at the end of the report). Most of us were of the opinion that a
healthy and discipline lifestyle will make a big difference in our speech.
Certainly, happiness is the vital potion for fluent speech. Also, we need to
adopt a “dont care” attitude towards it sometimes if we find that there is
nothing we can do about it in a particular situation. We need not be so harsh
on ourselves when we falter.
Come , lets all fit into the camera !

Next we had an energizing activity of “zip-zap-zoom” and we had three winners for
it. It was a welcome break after all the serious talk we had. We all enjoyed it
totally. Next activity we did was voluntary
and sing a song. We
all introduced ourselves by voluntarily stuttering. People were a bit hesitant
to sing at first as most of us came unprepared. But after one or two people
sang and perhaps the thought dawned that no one is an expert here after all, we
all took our  turn and sang, to just
enjoy d moment. I think we all enjoyed the singing round the most.

Rishikesh bought sweets for us as he got
the first funding for his startup company. Thanks Rishikesh!!. Big thanks to
Soma and Teja (Super teja) for pulling off the SHG meet so amicably. They were
thoughtful enough to bring chocolates for all of us. Before we ended the
meeting, Dinesh advised us to have a definite plan for 2016 to come out of ones comfort zone and work towards it!!

It was a wonderful day. A day filled with
friends, fun and wonderful conversation.
कोशिश करने वालों की
लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।
नन्हीं चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है,
चढ़ती दीवारों पर, सौ बार फिसलती है।
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस भरता है,
चढ़कर गिरना, गिरकर चढ़ना न अखरता है।
आख़िर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।
डुबकियां सिंधु में गोताखोर लगाता है,
जा जा कर खाली हाथ लौटकर आता है।
मिलते नहीं सहज ही मोती गहरे पानी में,
बढ़ता दुगना उत्साह इसी हैरानी में।
मुट्ठी उसकी खाली हर बार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।
असफलता एक चुनौती है, इसे स्वीकार करो,
क्या कमी रह गई, देखो और सुधार करो।
जब तक न सफल हो, नींद चैन को त्यागो तुम,
संघर्ष का मैदान छोड़ कर मत भागो तुम।
कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।
Credits – Rohith for reciting it as beautiful as Amitabh Bachhan , and for those who dont know , this poem was written by Harivansh rai Bachhan.

Just so if you are interested , look into this , maybe next time we can have rohit’s recitation on blog, which i am sure you would all love to hear.


If you are a first timer , feel free to contact us and drop in on any sunday between 10 am and 1 pm in cubbon park. We assure you that you will get a lot of friends and dont worry,  we are extra cordial to new comers. 

Sharath:  7411090880 –
Nishil: 9008416379 –

Post Author: Harish Usgaonker

2 thoughts on “GRAND SHG – BANGALORE !


    (December 20, 2015 - 1:45 pm)


    Sach much, koshish karne walo ki kabhi haar nahi hoti…

    Many thanks to seniors- Dinesh, Tarak and ALL of you!


    (December 20, 2015 - 3:46 pm)

    Wonderful report Jonali.. Thanks Sharath for editing.. Thank you Sirji, the seeds sown by you are bearing fruits!!

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