December 20, 2015



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 stuttering 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 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 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 -


sachin said...


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

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

Dinesh said...

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