Tejpratap Singh
Tejpratap Singh
New Delhi, India

First Course:
Bengluru, May 2014

Being a stutterer in India is not easy. There is very little awareness and only a small percentage of our population is sensitized to this affliction. I, Tejpratap Singh, have stammered since I was 14 years old.

I don't remember how it started but the events and the life that followed thereafter is etched in my brain like a horror movie.

Like any other stutterer, I tried to hide my stammer and just like any other stutterer, I failed miserably. Although I was fairly 'fluent' with my family and close friends, I knew I had a problem when I had to speak publicly or in similar situations.

Suddenly, my life revolved around bad speaking experiences and avoidances. My name, the telephone, talking to strangers, ordering in restaurant, asking for directions, oral examinations are just some of the things that I avoided/ failed at. All these bad experiences were followed by feeling of shame, guilt and depression. I found myself lost in a sea full of fluent speakers.

My mind was full of questions, answers to which I knew not- 

How will I land a job if I can't speak fluently?

How will I get people to accept me?

Will I ever live a normal life?

One day, while searching on the internet about stammering, I found some videos on YouTube.They were videos with the British pop icon Gareth Gates as the course instructor for a group of students that stammered. The videos gave me immense confidence that I too, could defeat my stutter. With the same emotion and positivity, I registered online and contacted the India director (Now my mentor too) Kaushik Valluri. I attended the inaugural India course in May 2014 at Bangalore and have not looked back ever since

I attended the inaugural India course in May 2014 at Bangalore and have not looked back ever since.

The transformation has been very empowering. From being a nervous head jerking stutterer I have become a confident recovering stutterer.
I have started to push the boundaries I had created, right from overkilling my name, ordering at restaurants, starting a conversation with strangers – the list goes on and on!

It is amazing what a 3 1/2 day course can do and is undoubtedly THE best thing that has happened to me.

It is amazing what a 3 1/2 day course can do and is undoubtedly THE best thing that has happened to me. 

I wish it does the same for all struggling stutterers across the globe! I hope to see you on the course sometime! :)