May 12, 2012

Face to Face!

Yesterday, we drove to Dehradun: Vaibhav, Sushil, Ashish, Sumit and self*. We met two Canadian students at Samagra and the staff there- Tika Ram, Mohit and Negi ji. We shared some videos (Peter Reitzes, Julia Irani) and there after we had an open Q&A session. Victor and Chetna, from MacMaster University, Ontario, asked many questions and we, the pws, tried to answer them as accurately as possible. Understanding each other was difficult at times for two reasons- our Indian accent and of course our stammering. So, it was a challenge for both the parties and by and large everyone did very well.

The rule for the guests was to keep on repeating the question till they had TRULY understood. PWS were also requested to use their techniques, use smaller sentences and - not just answer but make sure that they have been understood, by asking for feedback. Pretty engaging session which lasted about 3 hours. We returned after a nice lunch and interaction with the managing trustee, Suchitra ji.

(I could not take a picture- but Tikaram has taken one. Whenever it is put on Samagra blog, I will add a link here. Till then try and imagine- a group of stammerers trying to talk to a group of students, who have learned just one word of Hindi- Namastey!  BTW, it sounds very sweet coming from them.)

* I invited other young pws also for this face to face fun interaction- but Alas :-(  they were too busy on Facebook!

6 comments:

Rajesh Bhandari said...

I wasn't invited .LOL . tho it's my mistake only since i'm suppose to call U sir for the meetings details =) i'm surely missing some real life things. however, i'm not
busy on online world too. doing nothing but idle :(

Anonymous said...

I phoned you 3 times. No response. May be your number has changed. But I had no information. Anyway- next time! (sachin)

J P Sunda said...

Yes, meeting more and more new people is such a liberating experience. Its like with every meet, you break some part of the walls that you may have built around you. Next time may be you can post about it on tisa blog. Who knows someone else may join :-)

Rajesh Bhandari said...

Aww ! i never got any call from U sir.All right i'm dropping a mobile message to You =)

GORAV DATTA - HAKLA said...

great interaction session it must be

Mohit kumar said...

Well we are not at all busy at fb. Interaction with strangers is always a 'dream come true' and it also has fun.