Counseling Tales: Deeper Communication

So finally Kamal did visit Herbertpur one day, after being in touch for many months over emails. I was quite surprised. He had taken a one week leave to hang around. It was early winter and taking a stroll through tea gardens was a popular pastime for the two of us. I would get a […]

The Hook

It is always difficult to ask for help. We think that it diminishes us. So even when we go to a friend or a counsellor, we may never come to the point. We may keep dilly dallying for a long time- may be too long! But if you are a peer/counsellor, you will wait patiently, […]

What is Peer Counseling?

This happened many years ago in Allahabad: I was fond of buying cheap books from the roadside. There was a pavement book shop in Civil Lines, those days – specialising is Russian books. Cheap but good authors. Even when I could not buy them, I loved handling them, looking at them, browsing them for hours. […]

Counseling Tales: My need versus your need

Few days back I met Anil. A young pws, just finished B Tech from Dehradun. I had known him since 2014. We began chatting. I had to just ask a few questions, and he talked for a long time. He shared all that was happening in his life since passing out- and before. Ups and […]

Hangout Feedback from Krishiv

How have hosting hangouts changed you? Confidence boosting: Hosting hangouts sessions at The Indian Stammering Association gives one the confidence in public speaking and leadership in front of an audience of 10-15 members.  Leadership: As a host, you are a leader who takes in charge of making sure our fellow PWS get an opportunity to […]

Hosting a Hangout?

Asking a pws to host a hangout is somewhat like, asking a street cricketer to play International cricket! Madness, in one word! That is how many pws react when we suggest that they should host a hangout, after having attended some. The truth is, we would never ever challenge ourselves, unless forced into it. This […]

Pranayama & Meditation Session

Pranayama and Meditation session is organised by Soma Roy on 28 June from 7 AM to 8 AM. In this session, we focused on abdominal breathing, nadisundhi, bhramri followed by mindfulness meditation. People participated in this session – Soma (Host), Anita, Ashish, Deepak, Arpit, Dipanjan, Bhupendra, Iram, Nishil, Ankit, Sachin, Shilpa, Soumya, Srinivas, Tapan, Krishnenedu, […]

Truths in the Mirror

A deep part of me knows that there is no going back, the old ways in which our society has survived have come to an end as well as how we relate to others and to ourselves. Our apparently solid paradigm dissolves, and with it our personal identity. Who are we, if we are not […]

A wonderful learning

Hi I am Naresh Parihar joined TISA since 2017. 20 March 2020 was the unique day for me I went Herbertpur (Dehradun) which is the place known for ‘you are free to stammer, stammering is ok, now let’s talk with stammering without being worried more about stammering’. Actually I planned to stay there for days […]

Change by doing 

Most of us watch motivational videos on YouTube and share inspiring quotes on Facebook, WhatsApp etc. People takes many decisions to fulfill their dreams. If we are observed this type activities carefully found that there is no any changes comes in our life. Days come and go but no reforms are seen in life. We […]

TISA meets Stefan – A 50mV initiative

TISA is collaborating with 50 Million Voices ( or 50mV, website: https://www.50millionvoices.org ), a UK based organisation (the name suggests to reach ~50 million people who stammer in the various workplaces across the world) that strives to raise awareness among employers about stammering. It has representatives from about 15 countries, who meet through hangout calls, once a month to […]

Lockdown : A new beginning

I have arrived Bhopal on 23nd March to leave my wife and three year old daughter in my laws home. On this day government announced the Janta carfue. Same evening announced 21 days full lockdown till 14th April I had felt very tense because no any chance to return my home town. All mode of […]

Mindfulness Sessions Online

A little virus has changed our lives – forever it seems. Being one of the most resilient species on Earth, we are adapting, learning and carrying on with our lives. One major change in TISA is : we are offering many online hangouts now to our community which is scattered all over the globe. Today […]

A Wonderful Hangout meeting

TISA recently organized a wonderful interactive three days’ communication workshop at Siliguri, West Bengal with an ambition to change the negative mindset towards stammering, boost inner confidence and assist in becoming a self-help person. For discussing the lifelong messages from the workshop, continuing the encouragement and practice of valuable speaking techniques, a successful TISA hangout […]

Post Traumatic Growth

I had come across this term a few days back while watching a positive Psychiatry video on Coursera. I had normally heard the opposite term: Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD). This was something new and unexpected: What good can one get out of the horrors of a terrorist attack or childhood abuse? You can only […]

Siliguri Communication Workshop

Introduction Tisa organised this workshop in collaboration with Medica North Bengal Clinic (MNBC) in Siliguri for people who stammer (pws) on 14-16 Feb 2020. Participants 17 people who stammer from West Bengal, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh – ages ranging from 23-55 years. Three facilitators were from Dehradun (Satyendra), Gorakhpur (Manjulika) and Bhopal (Amit). Proceedings Day […]