Hello to Everyone.....
I am Upasana Nayak, a WWS (Woman who Stutter). I belong to Bangalore SHG.
After completion of B.Tech, I came to Bangalore with an aim that I will find a job in MNC as a software engineer. I started searching job with full enthusiasm but failed to get results as the way I want. Then after 2-3 months I felt that my stammering is coming the way of finding job, as I got rejected from many companies in the Group Discussion round or in self introduction round, where they check one’s communication skill. I was in the peak of my frustration, at that time I got to know about TISA and joined Bangalore SHG, which was truly a GIFT for me. And I started Loving my life. And in the month of October I got job in a telecom company. And I am Happy and trying to grab the knowledge. Now I am going to share my First Job Experience as a WWS.
When I was Jobless, I was thinking that after getting a job, problem regarding stammering will be removed up to 50%, as I will be engaged in something, and I will not get time to worry about Stammering. But For A Stammer, the universal truth other than death is stammering. And It is very good for him/her to understand this as soon as possible, but I didn't And as Time is the Most Powerful thing, so it always reminds me that You Are a Stammerer.
After 2 days of Joining, when I had to create my Salary account, at that time the Bank guy easily found out that I am a stammerer. He noticed me for few minutes, then finally he asked me that Is it your first Job. I replied Yes. He told “Ohh, May be for that reason You are so much excited.” I didn't understand what exactly he wants to tell....!! Then he told so politely “you know I WAS also a stammerer. I used to be a very shy guy who stammers. Even now a day also I stuck in some words. I never thought that I ever get a Job in Banking domain, where we have to interact so much with customers. But I was never depressed for stammering. I was keep on Practicing. I was keep on doing loud reading in front of mirror. I was keep on talking and try to defeat my Fear. I got a job in a Bank. And some what I am achieving my aim. So Just try to reduce your anxiety, you will be better in speaking..” Listening all these things I thought why he is telling all these things to me...!! I was trying to forget my Stammering, but why some one reminded me about this with a piece of advice... On That full day I kept busy in my own thinking and try to find out why he told me all these things...
Job was going good... I stammered but I was doing my job properly. I didn’t go to SHG meeting regularly as I have only Sunday as holiday and I am a true lover of sleeping till late in the morning. So I missed morning meeting. Then after some days again one incident happened....
One day I was returning at around 8.00 pm to home. And after 1st bus I didn’t get 2nd bus, so I thought to going by auto. I asked an auto whether that will go to NIFT College. And as usual I got stuck near Nift. But I managed to ask. He was staring me during my question, and then replied yes. Hearing a stammer this type of reaction is common. So I didn’t think much and I sat on seat. Then auto was started towards my home. I noticed that Auto Walla was continuously staring me by back mirror. I didn’t understand the reason and ignored him. Then after some time he asked me “Madam, Aap haklaate hai...??”(Madam, do you stammer??)
I shocked to hearing this thing from an auto Walla. But then for a stammering this question is very much common. So thinking this I replied him YES. Then again he told me that try to eat Bat’s Meat. That will be helpful to remove Stammering. I thought again a piece of advice for stammering...!! For shake of reply I asked him that whether Bat’s Meat will be available near to my home or not. He told that no not. It will be available at that Place (he told a place name), and he also told that in the morning some people go to that place, I can order by them. I thought I will never do all these things, so I kept quite and just replied him Ok, Fine and Thank you for advice. After some time again he told me “madam aap ka shaadi ho Gaya...!!!”(Madam, Are you married..?) This time I got completely shocked. But I will be reached home with in few seconds, so I replied Him No. Then He told that “Madam, don’t worry after marriage your stammering will be removed completely...” I was keep on thinking that what is the relation between marriage and stammering. He continued his talking that, one of his relatives was stammer and after marriage she got recovered from stammering completely. In between his talking my home was reached so I was paying him money and simultaneously he kept on talking. Finally I paid him money and conversation was ended. I was Happy that conversation was ended, but my thought process was rush. So many things crossed my mind at that time. And coincidental thing is that, after 2-3 months I again came across with the same auto. I didn’t remember him, but He remembered me and asked me “Aap wahi madam hai na jo Haklati hai..!!”(Are you the same Madam, who does stammering?) My Reply was spontaneously Yes. But I was got drenched in my unending thinking world. How can I be remembered by my stammering...!!! Is it same for every other PWS or as I am a Woman who stammer, I am identified so easily...!!!!
May be for stammering all these experiences are normal. But for me it’s not at all normal. Because after having a job, I made my mind that Stammering is not a topic to think. But by these experiences I got to know that I have to accept it that I do stammer(might be before these things I didn’t accept it COMPLETELY). And I can’t Hide it (I don’t want to hide it), but I didn’t want to discuss about my stammering with anyone without SHG members. And I proved wrong that I can’t talk about stammering with anyone.
Irrespective of everything (Male/Female), I can talk, and I have to talk. Because if you forget (or pretend to forget) about your stammering then surrounding will definitely make you remember about this. So before other’s suggestion, take initiative and suggest to yourself for a better You... Because A Best You is with in yourself and yet to be invented.