It was not Zara resort. It was the shock of meeting hundred people who were stammering but not thinking much of it. They may not have reached the end of their journey, but they had taken the first step of acceptance: I stammer, so what? This acceptance of a hundred people, roughly his own age and background, was jarring to his beliefs, values and self-concept.
Perhaps, he had told himself all these years: I dont stammer. Certainly not like those comedians in movies. I just hesitate a little. I dont need help. Let me just go and find out what this NC is all about.
May be, he had expectations that some one will receive him in the privacy of a clinic and say: Here take this DVD- practice it at home. You will be cured of your "little hesitation" in one week.. Or someone will give him quietly a superb technique, which he will practice in the privacy of his home and he will be cured before his neighbours or colleagues will even know that he ever had a stammer. Naturally, NC disappointed him.
NC was all about accepting and celebrating our diversity. Virendra gave him full refund and he returned. I wondered: what is more damaging in the long run: stammering or fear of society's reactions? How long can we live in a cocoon of denial? How long can we live in abject fear of stammering and what the world will say or think?
I wished him all the best and invited him to the next TISA event in the region. I hope by then, he will have time to rethink his options and his reactions to his own and others' stammering / "imperfections" or diversity...whatever we may choose to call it. Dear Readers, Let me know, what you think..