February 8, 2016

SHG Meeting Chandigarh

SHG meeting was organized at lake in sector 42, Chandigarh on 07.02.2016  morning. I reached the venue at around  9.30 am. Jasmeet, Sumit, Gaurav, Mukul, Kapil were already there. We started the session with 10 minutes of Ana- pana meditation to calm and relax our mind which is continuously agitated. Ana- pana is the first step towards Vipassana meditation. We all felt relaxed after the session. It was followed by laughter excercises which is also very beneficial. Then we did some deep breathing excercises including shouting. It was followed by a round of self introductions . Then we had prolongation and voluntary stuttering sessions.
After the above rituals we had a round of park and interacted with strangers applying voluntary stuttering , which was the real test to judge our improvements.

All were very much satisfied with their improvements. We dispersed with a commitment to meet regularly.
In Tricity there are around 25 members . All are requested to meet regularly in SHG.

Jasbir Singh.

99150 06377.

February 7, 2016

Mumbai (Ghatkopar) SHG #113

Blog with experience-sharing coming soon...by new member of Mumbai SHG

What we did in brief:
Self-intro slowly, just saying name, occupation, and hobbies with eye-contact and smile
What is stammering? Why do we stammer? What do we want to change? And the steps to change. We referenced this video by Dr. Sachin: Change 3 Principles
Energizer: Bol Bum!
Bouncing intro and practice (several rounds)
Change Activity using smile, eye contact and bouncing
Impromptu songs (and some beatboxing), led by Nikhil :) 
Q&A and close
Date: 14 Feb 2016 (Valentine's Day)
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Venue: YMCA, near Municipal School no.3, Pantnagar, Ghatkopar E
Meeting # 114

February 5, 2016

News at TISA Hyderabad Chapter on Jan 31st 2016

Last week , Ramu has coordinated the meetup.
We were 24 members.
We divided the group into 2, old and new members.
Old members have followed the below activities
1) Prepared speeches
2) Loud shouting
3) Voluntary stuttering

TISA Hyderabad Chapter meeting on 7th Feb 2016

Hello Friends, You are welcome to THE INDIAN STAMMERING ASSOCIATION Self Help Group meetings.These meetings will make you know what stammering is about and how we can control our speech patterns in day to day life.Here We Stammer at Ease.It is proved that if we stammer with easiness then stammering can be dissolved from speech.We use many techniques which could help us in clearing blocks in speech.

Here we list our challenges and conquer them in group tasks, So you wanna conquer challenges and taste the confidence ? Tomorrows main agenda is prepared speeches and voluntary stuttering.

My thoughts on stammering

Hello Friends,

My Name is Nikhil Iyer. Right from the age of 10 yrs, I have been stammering. But instead of looking at it as a problem we need to treat stammering as our friend and move on with it which will remove the fear we are facing because of stammering. I joined TISA at the end of December-2014, and learned the value of acceptance. It's very difficult to accept yourself and even if we have accepted ourselves 70%, we are successful. I have seen many different kind of people in my life. We have so many different languages in our country. Each language follows different culture and different traditions. Sometimes some people are good in English, some in Hindi, some in both,
some people in their regional language. If we are talking with people who do not understand a particular language we take the help of a translator. but everywhere what we follow is communication. Communication is the most important thing. It could be silent or it could be with some action or in a simple way. It differs from person to person.

Communication Workshop 2016 in Dehradun, 24th Jan- 26th Jan, 2016

Comm WS Report 
Media: Times of India, Daily Pioneer, Amazing Pics (Thank you, Ashish Lakra)
Day 1: About 20 participants. Many from Delhi. One from Vijaywada. One from Makrana, Rajasthan. One from Jaunpur. A senior couple (Dhruv's parents) from Punjab. After a little intro and a little conceptual background, participants were requested to conduct mutual "stammering Interviews". Then, they went to local market for practicing the skills with strangers - also had lunch.

We gathered again at SR ashram by 3 pm. The scripts for role plays were distributed. Participants quickly went thru the scripts and assigned roles to their members. Some energizers. Some free flowing discussions - about stammering, its nature, why this or that.. We ended by 5 pm. But how can you end the ongoing discussions among pws..? Never.
So, many participants went to FRI, to carry on..

Day 2: We began at 9.30 am. Four participants (Vikas, Mohit, Ashish, Vishal) were sent off to MCF to interview the team there. Rest of us went to Gandhi Park in the heart of the city. Mrs Kathuria spoke to the person I/C of District Information Departments' pandal in the park; As a result she got us the mike, stage and the entire venue for free (you see, why we should be involving our parents in our struggles and missions..?).

We did role plays, to cheering audience. Some ex-tempore stuff, songs, Dr APJ speech by Abhay etc etc. We concluded with an on the spot role play: A funny Scene from a moving local bus. Mohit was the conductor in the great hurry. All the pws were the passengers. Buying the ticket was the crux of the play. We all had LOTS of fun.. We ended with slogan- Haklao magar Pyar se.. to which audience also joined.

Two hours later, the scene changed: we were at FRI. The vast lawns. With a mighty backdrop of a huge Victorian building.. We again staged some plays; feedback round- some fun, Ravi Teja did a Rajnikant act (mind it) - and then we returned to SR Ashram for more of unstructured discussion.. till cold and hunger made it impossible to stand and talk..

Day 3
The day began at 9.30 am with some informal feedback and discussion. Pramod ji gave a very nice Republic day speech, followed by the group singing Indian national anthem.

Shyam Sundar ji gave us a good presentation about marble industry. Ravi Teja gave a thought provoking talk about the recent suicide by a Research scholar at Hyderabad.

Random topics were given from a bowl full of small slips. Abhay did time-keeping. Outside under the trees, an interview panel was organised, consisting of Mrs Kathuria, Mr Fakhruddin Sheikh and Ms Indira Ramesh. Most interviewee did feel the heat but also enjoyed it. It was a good learning experience.

Madhav had a little stomach upset. Others were having un-ending discussions. Delhi group had planned to have the next communication workshop in Delhi - sometime in April. Some participants had plans of visiting Mussoorie (dont worry about the cold!).

Two new participants had come from Dehradun itself. They were quite impressed by our show at Gandhi park, in the heart of the town. They were advised to keep in touch with local SHG through Whatsapp. They too had their chance of giving ex-tempore presentations. At one point, we had a very interesting discussion about: In an arranged marriage, should the boy tell the girl about stammering in advance? (we will share the answer in the next workshop!!). We dispersed at 2 pm after group photo shoot. We hope to start a unit in TISA, dealing with families of PWS, with help from Dhruv's parents..

February 4, 2016

Bangalore SHG Meeting - 31/01/2016

The meeting started at around 10:30 AM on a beautiful Sunday Morning at the small hut in Cubbon Park. There were 7 of us - Siddharth, Reuben Lopes, Amarnath, Rajesh, Shiva, and 2 of them(sorry for missing your names.. my bad!). A small crowd but ended out to be more productive.

Siddharth hosted the entire meeting. The first round started with introduction along with our speech experiences. Everyone were very elaborate in sharing their experiences.Second round was prepared speech. Shiva shared his experiences about his US journey as in how the US dream started, his stay in the US and back home to Bangalore.

Reuben Lopes gave a speech on PMP certification which consisted of some of the topics of Project Management certification exam and it's advantages in the market. Siddharth gave a speech on the great Roman Statesman Julius Caesar. Amarnath gave a speech about his Civil Engineering job.

Third round was sharing our exercises that we follow to manage our problems - long lengthening style, drunken style, bouncing technique and breathing exercises.

I am looking forward for more amazing SHG meetings.

To be part of the meeting, please reach out to..
Sharath:  7411090880 - sharathchandra1360@gmail.com
Nishil: 9008416379 - nishil.shetty1@gmail.com

February 3, 2016


Did u ever thought why are you the only one? Why everything happens to you?  Let me share a story with you. It might not be related to stammering, but it might inspire few of you who feel that you cant see light in the cave you are in.

Introducing Mr. Sumit Kumar to TISA

Mr. Sumit Kumar, a PWS from Patiala  was in contact with me from last around 2 months through his father Shri Ramesh Kumar. He had obtained my number through TISA site. His father wanted to know about the cure from a disease named Stammering, thinking me that I am a doctor. I clarified that I am not a doctor and further stammering is not a disease and no medicine is available for it. I requested him to ask his son  to meet me at Chandigarh. But Sumit was hesitant. After some pursuations ultimately yesterday Sumit made a visit to my office and we had a chat for around an hour. Sumit Kumar is 22. He is B.Tech in Computer Science from MIMIT, Malout, Punjab. Presently he is undergoing a soft training in computer science from Chandigarh. After allowing him to introduce himself and asking him about his attitude towards stammering I explained about the concept of acceptance. Further stammering is not a disease and it cannot be cured but can successfully managed to a much extent. The basic three reasons associated with stammering i.e. Biological, Psychological and Social explained step by step. Further the three areas for working i.e. Breath, Speed and Excitement also explained. It was nice to notice that after some time he was talking openly about stammering. I added him to  Chandigarh WhattsApp SHG. I realized that now we have three PWS from Patiala. I motivated him to form a SHG at Patiala with Anupinder Singh and also gave his number. After the meeting he was feeling much relaxed. He was requested to remain connected with TISA Blogs. His mobile no is 99146 23555.   What I am feeling that still awareness about TISA is not much among people. We need to do something about it.

May all beings be Happy, Peaceful and Liberated.
Jasbir Singh
99150 06377

February 2, 2016

Mumbai (Ghatkopar) SHG #112

"We're all the same, but unique. We're all part of the same life source, all evolved from the same ancestors." 
"Stammering is a big deal" VS. "Stammering is no big deal" - who's being honest? who has better chances of recovery?...only by talking about them (painful times)...acknowledging them..accepting them...do they vanish...Let's talk about our pain..not deny it..

SHG today was something different. We had the privilege of having Abhinauv from Pune come to the meeting. I also asked him to be the host just yesterday - and he accepted like a champ! 

January 30, 2016

Break down...

Just got up after watching Suffragette. You may or may not understand women’s movement, but do watch it. It is a beautiful piece of genuine history of genuine people who cared for others: what does it matter if they were women? All the better!

I want to share a little story I read as a child; it came to me with great force, as I listened to the participants of the last Comm WS at Sita Ram Ashram, Dehradun:
An honest police officer was kidnapped by smugglers. They blind-folded him and took him to their underground hideout. Instead of killing him straightaway, they struck upon a plan. They raised him to bar over-head – and told him that if he lets the bar go, he will fall down hundreds of feet, in to the dark well below, and die. Then, they left.

The police officer tried to keep on holding the bar – till he could not hold on. His fingers, hands, arms became numb. Finally his fingers just slipped and he fell down...

Imagine his surprise, when his fall was broken by hard ground just a few feet below! He removed his blind-fold and discovered that there was no well! Smugglers had only played a deadly trick on him.
Many of us have tried to hold on to an image of being “Normal”, till our hands are paralyzed with pain- and we can no more hold on. Because we have been told by the society that there is a deep dark well below our feet.. that if we stammer our world will collapse. Meltdown. Fiasco. OMG..

Friends, let it go- Check out your fears – once in a life time, whole-heartedly.
Stammer happily, with joy, with abandon.. Be yourself.
As Pradeep Marchuwan says:  Sabse bada rog- Kya kahenge log..

Delhi SHG Meeting at Central Park on 31st January

Delhi SHG Meeting 5th meeting #2016

Host : Daksh Kapoor/Vishal Gupta
Date : 31st Jan
Venue : Cental Park, Infront of Rajiv Chowk Metro station gate no 6
Agenda : Whistle-Introduction, back-facing Impromtu Speech, Presentation on important topic, Movie Dialogue throw, Self Feedback and Fun Activity.

for any query call me @ 8447490753  or mail me at vishal.gupta67@gmail.com.
Note : There is no fees for joining meeting so feel free to come and start becoming your own self therapist.

January 29, 2016

TISA Hyderabad Chapter meeting on 31st Jan 2016

Hello Friends, You are welcome to THE INDIAN STAMMERING ASSOCIATION Self Help Group meetings.These meetings will make you know what stammering is about and how we can control our speech patterns in day to day life.Here We Stammer at Ease.It is proved that if we stammer with easiness then stammering can be dissolved from speech.We use many techniques which could help us in clearing blocks in speech.
Here we list our challenges and conquer them in group tasks, So you wanna conquer challenges and taste the confidence ? Tomorrows main agenda is prepared speeches and voluntary stuttering.

January 28, 2016

Joke on me

location : My collage, Out side the class room before exam.

there was me and my three friends. we were stand out side the class before exam and we were discuses about topics.

one of them suddenly told, " agar me dusre ko call krta hu to jo baat 45 paisa me hoti he wahi baat nandu ko karega to 1 rupee lagta he" (Translation:- if i call other person it charged me 45 paisa........and............if that same talk i do with Nandu(Narendra...its my name) it charged me 1 rupee.......hahahahahhahah

he told that because i stammer and whenever he called me i stammer a lot....

i laughed a lot at that time....hahahahahhaha



Check the below link for videos of the poem recitation session held on 24th Jan 2016.I am sure there is a surprise waiting for us all ....

They tell poetry cant be explained , but can only be admired ! Its the dance of words !! Do watch the videos and let us know your views on the dance of words :)



January 25, 2016


It’s the latest norm!! We are not just reaching double digits, we are not just happy with 10 people every week, week after week its full house! The small hut that we used for a long time looks abandoned and the bigger hut (that’s what we call that place!) is the place where we meet now by default!

I was excited and at the same time frightened at the thought of 16 people sitting for a 3 hour shg session! Excited because of the strength and frightened at the same time as I was unsure if everyone could get a good share of the time to speak!

Anyways, todays participants were … Super Shobhit , Mundane Mohit , Jovial janani , Mast mansi , robust raman , naaasty naman , Shiny siddarth , Tremendous tapan, Rolling rajesh, Rocking rajkumar , Sociopath sharath , Ravishing Reuben , Smart sharath , All rounder Amarnath , Daredevil dinesh and Different Deepak.

Its tough to name them all in such short space ! ;)

January 24, 2016

Mumbai (Ghatkopar) SHG #111

Dear Fellow Stammerers,

Good evening! What a day...I arrived back in Mumbai this morning from Pune. Came home, prepped for the SHG and went off to it! I got inspiration for the agenda from the communication workshop agenda, specifically this part:

2-2:30:Introduction in Pairs
2:30-2:45: Intro to Acceptance
2:45-3: Eye contact, Bouncing in Change Game
3-3:30: Outdoor exercise – Nearby. Ask questions using: Good eye contact & bouncing.

January 23, 2016

TISA Hyderabad Chapter meeting on 24th Jan 2016

Hello Friends, You are welcome to THE INDIAN STAMMERING ASSOCIATION Self Help Group meetings.These meetings will make you know what stammering is about and how we can control our speech patterns in day to day life.Here We Stammer at Ease.It is proved that if we stammer with easiness then stammering can be dissolved from speech.We use many techniques which could help us in clearing blocks in speech.
Here we list our challenges and conquer them in group tasks, So you wanna conquer challenges and taste the confidence ?

January 21, 2016

Meeting the Angels..

On Jan17th, we set out to meet the Little Angels at the Ruva Foundation - A comfort home for kids..

Here is how the story unfolded..

Lost for words..

Accept your stutter and do the real things that matter to you- Moe Mernick

Moe Mernick was born and raised in Toronto. He recently shifted to his native country, Israel, along with his wife and children, and works for a high-tech startup.

Click the below link to read his story of getting comfortable with stuttering to do the real stuff in life rather than just fighting with his fumbling speech.


(I don't know why the link is not working. So, please copy this above link and paste it on your browser.)

Beep Beep : Important for Blog writers

Hello everyone, as lot of new members are writing amazing stories and lot of nice articles and experiences here which is really nice but we must follow one small thing by which we can keep our long post in a read-more way i.e. there is a tool available in the top side of text editor "insert jumb break" so use that then only above of the insert jump text will be visible all the time and rest of will come under the read more option and that will enhance the accessibility to the users and maintain the consistency.  

January 19, 2016

Jaipur SHG Report 17/01/2016

नमस्कार मित्रों !

सभी को Jaipur SHG कि ऒर से नववर्ष की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं ! हमारी ओर से नये साल की ढेर सारी मंगल कामनाएं !

यह रविवार सर्दी के अब तक के सभी दिनों में से सबसे ठंडा दिन था लेकिन फिर भी अच्छी धूप खिली हुई थी। मुझे सेंट्रल पार्क पहुंचने में पैदल 20 मिनट लगते है तो मैं पैदल ही निकल पड़ा। हमने दोपहर 2 बजे मिलना तय किया हुआ था।

सौम्या समय से पहले ही पहुंच चुकी थी और मैडिटेशन कर रही थी। मैं और रवि कांत जी थोड़े देरी से पहुंचे। सुनील भी हमारे पीछे-पीछे पहुंच गया। इस प्रकार हमारी गिनती 4 हो गयी। हम सभी ने एक-दूसरे का अभिवादन किया और एक वृताकार घेरा बनाकर बैठ गये।

January 18, 2016

Pune SHG Report(17 Jan 2016)

This week SHG meeting was attended by Amol,Nishu,Ravi,Sandeepan,Vishal,Vikram,Anshu. 

Meeting started at around 10:30 am. 
We started with doing meditation for 2 minutes. After doing meditation we did introduction 
round in which along with introduction everyone has to speak about tools or techniques they are
using to manage their stuttering.Afterwards we did a round of pausing and voluntary stammering on difficult words.

Later we did a round of extempore in which everyone has to speak for about 2 minutes on a topic provided.
In last SHG meeting we had planned that we would be having some outdoor activity in coming week.So
We decided to visit a nearby Mall. We split in pair of 2.There we interacted with people at mall and also People outside the mall. We tried voluntary stammering with rickshaw walas and strangers walking on pedestrians.

Response was pretty good.People asked many questions and asked for contact details. Main purpose of activity was to deal with fear, guilt, shame and other emotions associated with our stammering. It gave us a new learning experience us. 

Sorry we forgot to take photos

Next SHG meet details

Date: 24 January 2016(Sunday)
Time: 10.15 am
Venue: Senior Citizen hall,Dhole patil road,Ruby Hall Clinic,Near Pune railway station

For queries contact : 

Contact below members for further details
Amol Karale

Vishal Yewale

Write up By Ravi

January 17, 2016

Mumbai (Ghatkopar) SHG #110

Dear Fellow Stammerers, 

A very good evening to you! We had our 110th meeting at Ghatkopar today. We are joined by two new members today (Abhishek & Sai), and one old friend visiting from the US (Aditya). Honestly, I had not planned for today's SHG. My game plan: Stay Present. Feel the room, and go with the flow. I'll have to ask the members who attended today, if it worked. If you attended today, please leave comments here or msg me in private.