Highway to Excellence (HTE), the club I joined is an advanced Toastmasters club. Most of the members are accomplished speakers who can provide high level feedback to the new members. My first speech at HTE delivered in the month of October 2019, was an original story entitled Same Boat Brother. The story was about growing up in my hometown in India – the sweet childhood memories of walking to school together with my best friend , visiting each other’s family and celebrating religious festivals together. But then an uprising engulfed my home state causing strife among communities, and I described an incident when I unintentionally became part of a mob which threatened my friend and his family. The climax of the story was how a popular singer and his song of brotherhood brought us back together.
The USA TODAY Network has a special program called the Storytellers Project which produces shows in 20 cities across the United States. The shows feature a diverse line-up of storytellers sharing true stories based on their personal lives. In the early part of 2021, I submitted my story Same Boat Brother. Each year, organizers hand-pick the best stories from hundreds of submissions, and I was delighted to receive the acceptance of my story by USA TODAY. On 20th April, I along with four Americans will be sharing personal story about growing up.
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Five Americans to share personal stories about growing up