COMA Newsletter August 2017

Hello Friends!

We are sure you are eagerly waiting for the Onam event and signature ‘Sadya’ next weekend! This is going to be a packed event with the Maha Sadya followed by a line up of exciting stage programs thrugh the afternoon! Several artists and volunteers are working hard to please you with their performance! There are a few surprises in the mix as well!

It will be a traditional Sadya with all the curries, upadamsams, rice, pappadam, pazham and payasams! You just need to bring your appitite!

We would recommend you reach the venue early, as we will be starting the Sadya @ 11:30. You will be given a token with a time slot assigned for the Sadya. We are expecting a massive crowd this time and sticking to the assigned time slot is essential to serve Sadya to everyone in a timely fashion, and start the stage programs on time.

We hope you will have loads of fun during COMA Onam Celebration!
EC-2017

Onam 2017 Flier

Hurricane Harvey support

COMA encourages your generous support for the victims affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can make a difference by going to COMA website and making a donation. Any amount is welcome.

Hurricane Harvey Donations

Professional Networking – Investment Seminar

Have you been thinking about retirement planning?
Have you considered options available for college planning?
Have you looked into estate planning?
Have you bought life insurance to have a secure financial future for your loved ones?
Have you considered investing in real estate market?
Do you know about the various mortgage options available in the market?

You can get answers to all of these, and more by attending the next Professional Networking event hosted by COMA.

Professional Networking Event

COMA Events planned for the rest of the year

Date Event
9-Sep Onam
14-Oct Professional Development (Business focused)
2-Dec Christmas 2017

FIA Information

FIA hosted India Festival 2017 on August 26th at the Ohio Expo Center. It a grand success that included a variety of cultural programs.

Indian Festival 2017

Indian Festival 2017

Indian Festival 2017

ഓണ ചിന്തകൾ

ശ്രീവത്സൻ

മധുരിക്കുന്ന ഒരുപാട് ഓർമ്മകൾ ഉണർത്തി വീണ്ടും ഒരോണക്കാലം! ഓണക്കോടിയുടുത്തു കൂട്ടുകാരുമായി തൊടിയിൽ ഓടിനടന്നു പൂക്കളിറുക്കാനും തുമ്പിയെ പിടിക്കാനും ഊഞ്ഞാലാടാനും കൊതിക്കുന്ന ഒരു കൊച്ചു കുട്ടി ആരുടെ ഉള്ളിലാണില്ലാത്തത്!! നാവിൽ കൊതിയൂറുന്ന വിവിധവിഭവങ്ങളോടുകൂടിയ ഓണസദ്യയുണ്ണാൻ ആരാണാഗ്രഹിക്കാത്തത്!!

മലയാള മണ്ണിൽ നിന്നും വളരെ ദൂരെയാണെങ്കിലും ധാരാളം മലയാളികളെ കാണാനും നല്ലൊരു സദ്യയുണ്ണാനും ഇവിടെ തരപ്പെടുമെന്നത് നമ്മുടെയൊക്കെ ഭാഗ്യം തന്നെയാണ്. അതുപോലെതന്നെ മലയാളത്തനിമയുള്ള കലാപരിപാടികൾ നമ്മളിൽ പലരും നമ്മുടെ കുട്ടികളും അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്നതും വളരെ സന്തോഷമുള്ള കാര്യമാണ്.

മുൻപൊക്കെ ഓണം കുടുംബങ്ങളുമായി ഒത്തുചേരാനും അവരുമായി സമയം ചെലവാക്കാനും മറ്റുമുള്ള അവസരമായിരുന്നു . മാറിവന്ന സാഹചര്യങ്ങളിൽ പലർക്കും അതിനു സാധിക്കുന്നില്ലെങ്കിലും സാങ്കേതിക വിദ്യയുടെ സാഹായത്താൽ ഒരു ഓൺലൈൻ കുടുംബസംഗമം സുസാധ്യമാണ്. ഒന്നോർത്താൽ ഇതാണ് കൂടുതൽ സൗകര്യം! എത്രമാത്രം വാണിജ്യവത്കരിക്കപ്പെട്ടാലും ഓണത്തിന് ഒരു പ്രത്യേകത്തുണ്ട്. ഇന്നും ബഹുഭൂരിപക്ഷം മലയാളികളും ഓണം സ്വന്തം കുടുംബത്തിൻ ആഘോഷിക്കുവാൻ താല്പര്യപ്പെടുന്നവരാണ് – കുടുംബം ചെറുതായാലും വലുതായാലും.

ഓണത്തിന്റെ ഓർമകളും നന്മകളും നമുക്ക് നമ്മുടെ വരും തലമുറയിലേക്കും പകർന്നുനൽകാം. അതാവട്ടെ അവർക്കുള്ള നമ്മുടെ ഈ വർഷത്തെ ഓണ സമ്മാനം!

Community Service News: Nish Nishant

COMA continued with its monthly Meals on Wheels participation through July and August. The July route was delivered by Nish Nishant and first time volunteers Arun Varkey and Rachel Mathew (youth). The August route was delivered by Shome Thomas and Rohan Shome (youth).

Incidentally, Shome and Rohan were COMA’s first Meals on Wheels volunteers when we started the program.

COMA does Meals on Wheels deliveries on the fourth Sunday of each month to roughly 16 homes. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with the executive committee. We welcome young volunteers too, who are aged 12 or older.

Malayalam Class 2017-18

COMA Malayalam Classes for 2017 commenced on August 20, 2017 at the Lazelle Woods Community Center. This years class size of 18 Beginner and 6 intermediate level students is the largest class size to date. COMA wishes to thank all our dedicated volunteer teachers – Veda, Prahalad, Madhu, Priya and Venu uncle

Malayalam Class

Malayalam Class

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COMA Newsletter July 2017

Hello Friends

Summer break is coming to an end! I hope you enjoyed the break from schools, colleges and work! Many of you may have taken a vacation and travelled to places! Would you like to share some of those memories with COMA? If so, please send pictures and notes and we will publish in newsletter in the coming months.

Seven months have already gone in this year, and we are about to get to ‘ponnin chinga masam’ and Onam Celebrations!. More information and registration link will be coming out soon! Hope to see every one of you there! As usual, there will be delicious Ona Sadya and wonderful cultural events! Please reach out to EC if you would like to participate in the stage programs or would like to volunteer for the event.

India’s 71st Independence Day is coming up and FIA will lead the celebrations in Columbus.

COMA Events planned for the rest of the year:

9-Sep: Cultural Event (Onam)
14-Oct: Professional Development (Kids or Business focused)
2-Dec: Cultural Event (Christmas)

Marc the Dowl

Designed & Written by Anjali Janardhanan (1st grade, Columbus Prep Academy)

Sculpted by Adam Henry and Kate Groot (Axis Glass, Columbus)

Conceptional Design Sculpting in progress..
Final Product When I was walking, I saw an owl with deer antlers! I’m so excited right now! A voice said – “I’m Dowl, I’m right here”, and I saw him. “I’m very special”, said the Dowl. “My name is Marc. I’m an owl with deer antlers. Do you want to walk around”? I said “Yes”! I saw more and more Dowls. At the end of the walking, I saw a big blue thing – we went through it. Everything was blue. We were going to enter a big ocean – it is very bright green with a star in the middle. We went to the middle of the star and drowned it. It is like a laboratory down there. We are going to do something on a computer – we are going to search.

About the Dowl, he is a little bit like a bat – it can fly. They eat bugs and it can change colors. It lives in the forest. Their predators are tigers. I better keep the Dowls safe. I know where I can keep them – in my attic, that is a safe place. “Let’s get out of here”, Marc tells the other Dowls to come with me. We are in my neighborhood. “Let me and Marc get stuff done, and you and the other Dowls can come in my attic”. I will treat the Dowls like my kids. It is lunch time. “What are we having today”, I asked. “Bread crumbs and water”, said Marc. I love you Marc!

The End

My Trip to Washington D.C.

Designed & Written by Adit J Anup

In mid-May of this year, over three hundred Eighth Grade students along with forty teachers from Olentangy Orange Middle School went on a weeklong trip to Washington D.C. While we were there, we saw many of the meaningful and influential places only found in the nation’s capital including the White House, the National Cathedral and several Memorials devoted to those who led our country with distinction and those who paid the ultimate price in the nation’s wars.

Final Product Monday, we spent most of the time in the bus driving to D.C. We stopped at numerous stops on the way but the one notable place we stopped was at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (otherwise known as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s location in Virginia). It was here where we saw many planes important to the aviation history of America. We were able to see the SR-71 Blackbird, a reconnaissance aircraft, which although no longer in use, holds the title of world’s fastest aircraft. Discovery, one of the five space shuttles created by NASA, is also located in this museum. There were several other smaller stunt and flight planes suspended from the ceiling and all over the floor. Before we left, we rode a flight simulator and quickly learned that we were terrible at flying planes! After we left the museum we drove for two hours and reached D.C. at about seven in the evening.

Over the next couple of days our group got up early in the morning knowing we had long days of sightseeing ahead of us. The first thing that we saw in D.C. was the National Cathedral, a building that took over eighty-three years to complete. When I first saw it, I was amazed by its tall towers and beautiful stained glass windows. On the inside it was just as beautiful with its high ceilings and tall arches. While we were there we got a tour of the whole building which was truly breathtaking. We also learned that the building was the final resting place of President Woodrow Wilson and the revolutionary Helen Keller. After visiting the Cathedral, we stopped at the Newseum, a museum totally devoted to journalism. Here, we saw segments of the Berlin Wall. After that we started our tour of the many monuments and memorials of D.C. My favorite monument was the Lincoln Memorial. It is a Greek revival styled building with a large (over twenty-nine feet tall) marble statue of Abraham Lincoln. This location had a significant role in the African-American Civil Rights Movement because it was here that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Other memorials we saw were the Washington Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and World War II Memorial. The other Smithsonian Museum I went to was the Holocaust Museum. When I was there, I was able to learn about the cruel treatment of Jews by the Nazis. Some of the other sites that we visited in Washington D.C. were the White House, The Pentagon, and Mount Vernon – the home of President George Washington.

After a full week of touring the nation’s capital it was finally time to leave for home. My friends and I had a great time together and this is a trip that I will never forget. I was able to see many of the country’s historic buildings, appreciate the rich history of our country and learn from the vastly informative museums.
Adit J. Anup graduated from Orange Middle School and will be entering Orange High School in August 2017. He lives with his brother Adwin, parents Smitha and Anup Janardhanan in Lewis Center, Ohio. 

Malayalam Class

Please join us in congratulating all the students who graduated the Malayalam class recently.

Malayalam Class 2017

COMA has been organizing weekly Malayalam Classes with the help of a few dedicated volunteers who are well versed in Malayalam and have been successfully teaching the students for the past several years. The Malayalam Class has 2 semesters per year – Fall and Spring. For 2017-18, the Fall semester will start on Sunday, August 20th and registrations are starting. This year we will have two sections – Beginner and Intermediate (12 children per class). Students can register for one of the above sections depending on their proficiency. The curriculum will include class room lecture, selected home works, recommended reading, and proficiency testing. Classes will be held on Sundays from 11AM-12 Noon at Lazelle Woods Community Center, 8140 Sancus Blvd, Westerville, OH.

Fee Schedule: The classes are open to all current COMA Members. Annual fee for one child: $125; $60 for additional siblings is payable at enrollment. No pro-rated fees are planned in case of partial attendance.
Parents who are interested to register their child/children, please email name, age of the child, and contact details for parents to coma.officials@gmail.com

FIA Forum

India-Festival-2017

FIA will host their premier event – “India Festival” on August 26th. They are looking for volunteers to help out with the planning and organizing of this prestigious event. If you are interested in helping out, please register using this link: India Festival 2017 volunteer registration form

Sunday Morning Soccer

Soccer Practice

Every Sunday morning, few of us get together and play soccer from 7:30AM to 9:30AM. Currently the location is Avery Park in Dublin. If you are interested in playing feel free to stop by during those hours.

COMA Newsletter June 2017

Hello Friends!

Hope you all had a ton of fun during the picnic on 17th!! Even though it was a scorching day, we had a record number of people attend the picnic and everyone enjoyed all of the games and food. Thanks to all who helped in making this event a success. Thanks to Sony and his catering business C&J Catering for the delicious kerala food.

Click here to view Picnic photos.

We love to hear your comments and feedback about the event.

EC 2017

COMA Events planned for the rest of the year

Date Event
9-Sep Cultural Event (Onam)
14-Oct Professional Development (Kids or Business focused)
2-Dec Cultural Event (Christmas)

Graduates 2017

Mia George

  • Parents: Sam and Bindu George
  • High School: Columbus School for Girls
  • University: The University of Connecticut
Mia George

Hrishikesh Namboodiri

  • Parents: Valsan and Vijaya
  • School: Olentangy High School
  • Achievements: Valedictorian with a GPA of 4.43
  • University: University of Cincinnati. Majoring in Aerospace Engineering
Hrishikesh

Janaki Nair

  • Parents: Biji and Prakash Balakrishnan
  • School: Hilliard Darby High School
  • Achievements: Ohio Scholastic Journalism Awards, Photography Governor’s Show Exhibition, Honor Roll, Completed 2 years of college through Columbus State.
  • University: University of Cincinnati, majoring in Business, minoring in Psychology/Photography.
  • Future Goals: Master’s Degree at American University, move to Washington DC. Work at a large company or firm.
Janaki

Deepak Warrier

  • Parents: Sethu and Veda Warrier
  • School: Dublin Jerome High School
  • Hobbies: Playing Video Games, Watching movies, Building robots, Sleeping, playing Piano, and Camping.
  • Achievements: Graduated with Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude distinctions. Earned the President’s Education Award. Achieved Eagle Scout Rank in Boy Scouts.
  • University: Ohio State University, majoring in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Future goals: Get an MBA and then go on to work with a company like Google or create a startup.
Deepak

India Festival

INDIA FESTIVAL:FIA will host their premier event – “India Festival” on August 26th. They are looking for volunteers to help out with the planning and organizing of this prestigious event. If you are interested in helping out, please respond to coma.officials@gmail.com or reach out directly to one of the FIA office bearers at http://fia-ohio.org/contact/

FIA Upcoming Events

Month Date Day Time Group Event Location
July 15 Sautrday TBD CTA Vanabhojanalu Picnic Liberty TWP Park,
2845 Home Rd, Powell, OH 43065
22 Sautrday 11:30 All Local Indian Group
Meeting – 3Q
TBD
23 Sunday 10:30 COMA Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels, 670
Harmon Ave, Columbus, OH 43223
Aug 5 Sautrday TBD CTA Volleyball TBD
15 Tuesday TBD FIA Indian Independence
Day Flag Hoisting
TBD
26 Sautrday TBD FIA India Festival The Celeste Center at
the Ohio Expo Center, 717 East 17th Avenue Columbus, OH 43211
27 Sautrday TBD COMA Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels, 670
Harmon Ave, Columbus, OH 43223
TBD TBD 10:30 COBCA Sports / Picnic TBD

Community Service News: Nish Nishant

The COMA Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers for May were Manoj Thomas and Julie Manoj, and their children Alison and Melissa. Manoj is a long time COMA patron, Julie is a current trustee, and the children are both active youth wing volunteers. It’s quite appreciable that Manoj and family did this during the Memorial Day weekend when volunteers are typically hard to come by. Hopefully, this will motivate more volunteers to sign up for COMA’s Meals on Wheels initiative.

Arun Kumar, Priya Arun, Smitha Nishant, and Nish Nishant were the Meals on Wheels volunteers for June. The delivery route was completed on June 25th, Sunday.
As a reminder, COMA does Meals on Wheels deliveries on the fourth Sunday of each month to roughly 16 homes. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with the executive committee. We welcome young volunteers too, who are aged 12 or older.

COMA Newsletter April 2017

Hello Friends!

It is probably the busiest time of the year for most of us as the school year is coming to an end and summer break is around the corner! Spring cleaning, gardening, starting outdoor activities, vacation planning, AP exams, and graduation – lots of hectic things!

Several youth wing members will be heading to college after the break! After 12 years of grade school, they will be starting a more independent life as college students – the majority away from home. Years of preparation, AP classes, tests, ACTs, SATs, community service, several sports and arts lessons have finally paid off! And then to top it all off, navigating through the elusive college admissions process! Vijaya and I were going through this as Hrishikesh is graduating from high school this year. It is a big change for parents and the child; especially if the child is moving out of town. The journey so far has taught us some invaluable lessons.

We would like to publish information about graduating community members in next newsletter to recognize their achievements. All high school seniors, undergrads, grads and PhDs, please send us your information in the following format.

  • Name
  • Picture
  • Parents names
  • School/University you attended, GPA (optional), and achievements (optional)
  • University/work that you will be joining and your major/minor.
  • Career goals.

EC 2017

Professional Networking Event

The first of the two Professional Networking Events planned for this year took place on April 15th. The event was attended by over 50 people. The speakers Chetan and Guru shared their journey, experience, and learning’s with the audience who asked many questions to the speakers. The event was moderated by Hari Narayanswamy who did an outstanding job. The EC team would like to thank Hari, Chetan, Guru and all participants for making this event a huge success.

Professional Networking Event
Professional Networking Event
Professional Networking Event
Professional Networking Event
Professional Networking Event
Professional Networking Event

COMA Events planned for the rest of the year

Date Event
17-Jun Family Event (Picnic)
9-Sep Cultural Event (Onam)
14-Oct Professional Development (Kids or Business focused)
2-Dec Cultural Event (Christmas)

Diversity and inclusion

By Aadhira Pramod

Diversity. A word used in many ways, with one true meaning. Each individual is unique, and being able to recognize those differences is what constitutes diversity. This served to be true on April 5th when I attended an Equity and Inclusion conference at Olentangy High School. It was great seeing numerous students in different fields of study who are so passionate and engaged. This opportunity gave me insight on various topics and helped me empathize by stepping in their shoes. The keynote speakers left me speechless because they had stories to express themselves. We all have stories that make us who we are.

What these keynote speakers had in common was the message of diversity. My message to you is that there is diversity within us, even if we don’t see it at first glance. We are different in a multitude of ways and that’s what makes us so special. This conference made me realize the true definition of identity and individuality. In the midst of our community, we even have various diverse clubs such as a soccer club hosted by Thomas Oommen (uncle) who leads a diverse group of individuals. I am sure if you meet them you will be enticed for a joyous ride of their own stories.

Together as a society, we can not only envision an inclusive society, but if we put our hearts to that goal we can make that dream come true. As Catherine Pulsifer, a famous author, once said, “We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring.”

Federation of Indian Association (FIA) Forum

  • FIA organized a Town hall session with FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Franklin County Prosecutor on April 5 th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The discussion along with Q & A session focused on inclusiveness, safely and respect for all.
  • FIA collaborated with Dublin residents to host the second Town hall at Dublin Recreation Center. Here is the link with details of that event. https://www.facebook.com/dublinohio/videos/10155342326939421/
  • The Local Indian Groups met on April 22nd to discuss various volunteer opportunities to give back to the community. It was decided that we will participate in two events under the FIA umbrella.
  • INDIA FESTIVAL: FIA will host their premier event – “India Festival” on August 26th. They are looking for volunteers to help out with the planning and organizing of this prestigious event. If you are interested in helping out, please respond to coma.officials@gmail.com or reach out directly to one of the FIA office bearers -> http://fia-ohio.org/contact/

FIA Upcoming Events

Month Date Day Time Group Event Location
May 6 Sautrday 4:00 Dhvani Carnatic Kutcheri by Archana and Aarathi Gahanna West Middle School, 350 N Stygler Rd,
Gahanna, OH 43230
6 Sautrday 7:00 VCA Purandarasa and Tyagaraja Musical Festival Gahanna West Middle School, 350 N Stygler Rd,
Gahanna, OH 43230
20 Sautrday 2:00 NSF College Planning Workship TBD
20 Sautrday TBD CTA B-Dinner TBD
21 Sunday TBD CTA Telanganam Westerville North High School, 950 County Line
Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
27 Sautrday 8:30 All Field of Heroes Volunteers 2017 Westerville Sports Complex,325 N. Cleveland Ave. Westerville, Ohio 43082
28 Sunday 10:30 COMA Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels, 670 Harmon Ave, Columbus, OH
43223
June TBD TBD TBD COBCA Bengali New Year Celebration TBD
10 Saturday TBD GMOCO Kite Flying and GMOCO Annual Picnic Alum Creek Below Dam Area, 5905 Lewis Center Rd,
Lewis Center, OH 43035
17 Saturday 11:30 COMA Summer Picinc Liberty TWP Park, 2845 Home Rd, Powell, OH 43065
24 Saturday TBD CTA Cricket,Tournament Anheuser Busch Sports Park, 4990 Olentangy River
Rd, Columbus, OH 43214
24 Saturday TBD GMOCO 50 Year Celebration Ohio Expo,Center
25 Sunday 10:30 COMA Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels, 670 Harmon Ave, Columbus, OH
43223

Community Service News

Nish Nishant

The COMA Meals on Wheels volunteers for the April event were Joseph Abraham, Manoj Thomas, and Melissa Thomas. Melissa Thomas is a COMA Youth Wing member and is incidentally the youngest COMA volunteer who has taken part in Meals on Wheels!

As a reminder, COMA does Meals on Wheels deliveries on the fourth Sunday of each month to roughly 16 homes. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with the executive committee. We welcome young volunteers too, who are aged 12 or older.

TACO Badminton Tournament Winners!

Five men’s doubles teams, two mixed doubles team and one women’s doubles team participated in badminton tournament organized by Telugu Association on April 1st. It was a great feat by the team where women’s doubles team reached semi finals from nine teams and three of our men’s doubles team made to the quarter finals from a total of 33 teams! Men’s team of Dilin and Aslam reached the finals, and were runners up in the championship after losing the fiercely fought final match! Congratulations Dilin and Aslam!

Training Classes

COMA is planning on organizing three new classes this year and we need your input to plan them. The new classes are:

  • Yoga for beginners: Yoga is great for your mind and body. This course will teach you the right ways to do it.
  • Introduction to Python programming: This course will teach you the basics of creating computer programs using the Python language. Ideal for high school students but is open to all. https://www.python.org/
  • Toastmasters: Are you interested in becoming a confident public speaker? If yes Toastmasters can help you learn through learn-by-doing training. https://www.toastmasters.org/

Please let us know if you will be interested in attending any of these courses by replying to coma.officials@gmail.com. When you respond, please include which course(s) you are interested in attending, along with your contact information (phone # and email id). Based on the number of response that is received, we will decide the date, location, duration, cost etc.

Request for Information:

Dr RajanBabu (rajanbabu.1@osu.edu) is trying to collect the names of local Keralites who are alumni of CMS College, Kottayam. For full disclosure, CMS College is celebrating its 200th anniversary and we are interested in seeing how we can help this venerable institution on this occasion. If you are willing to share your contact information, please get in touch with him.

COMA Newsletter March 2017

Hello Friends!

Wish you all a Happy Vishu and Happy Easter!!

Due to its unique characteristics, Kerala has unique cultural and religious celebrations; however, we don’t celebrate some of the major festivals of the rest of India. Prominent examples of Malayalee exclusive festivals are Onam and Vishu. Vishu comes around mid-April, and signifies the transition of the Sun from ‘Meenam’ to ‘Metam’ rashi (in astrological terms). Vishu is considered as the beginning of the year, and seeing the ‘Vishukkani’ arrangement decorated with ‘kannappoo’ as the first thing on the morning of Vishu is believed to have a positive effect on the entire year! I am sure, just like me, you are nostalgic about the “Vishukkani”, “Vishu Kaineettam” and fireworks!! Festivals are also about fun times with family and friends and the sumptuous ‘Sadya’ with a variety of desserts!

Easter, the celebration of resurrection of Jesus Christ is on the 17th of April, following Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

For those of you who might be travelling to Kerala in the month of April, you have a chance to see the Thrissur Pooram, which starts on April 17th this year.

Hope to see you all on the COMA Professional Networking Event on the 15th of April!

May the season of festivals bring you good luck, peace and prosperity!

EC 2017

Valentines Family Night Photos and Video

Valentine Event Videos are posted to the COMA YouTube Channel

Valentine Day Event Pictures can be found here

Professional Networking Event

COMA is happy to present the first Professional Networking event of 2017! It will feature two distinguished leaders from Columbus – Guru Vasudeva & Chetan Kandhari. They will share their professional journey and personal experiences that helped them to be successful in their career. There will be time for Q&A and informal networking. The event will be moderated by Hari Narayanaswamy.

Professional Networking Event

COMA Events planned for the rest of the year

Date Event
15-Apr Professional Development (Corporate Networking)
17-Jun Family Event (Picnic)
9-Sep Cultural Event (Onam)
14-Oct Professional Development (Kids or Business focused)
2-Dec Cultural Event (Christmas)

Federation of Indian Association (FIA) Forum

  • FIA organized a Candlelight Vigil on March 5th (Sunday) at the Ohio State Capital to honor Kansas City shooting victim, Srinivas Kuchibhotla. Inter-faith prayer was also held at the event. It was attended by more than 400 people, including Niraj Antani (Representative – Ohio House District 42)
  • In the wake of recent events across the country, FIA is hosting Community Awareness Town Hall meeting with FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security & Franklin County Prosecutor on April 5th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. It will be held inside Holiday Inn located at 7007 N High St., Worthington, OH-43085.
  • FIA will host their premier event – “India Festival” on August 26th. They are looking for volunteers to help out with the planning and organizing of this prestigious event. If you are interested in helping out, please respond to coma.officials@gmail.com or reach out directly to one of the FIA office bearers -> http://fia-ohio.org/contact/

FIA Upcoming Events

Month Date Time Host Event Location
April 8 8:45 NSF Regional Contests The Ohio State University
9 8:45 NSF Regional Contests The Ohio State University
15 2:00 COMA Professional Networking Der Dutchman, 445 S Jefferson Ave, Plain City, OH 43064
22 11:30 All Local Indian Group Meeting – 2Q Persis Karaikudi & Biryani Grill, 195 E Campus View Blvd, Columbus,
OH 43235
May 6 4:00 Dhvani Carnatic Kutcheri by Archana and Aarathi Persis Karaikudi & Biryani Grill, 195 E Campus View Blvd, Columbus,
OH 43235
6 TBD VCA Purandarasa and Tyagaraja Musical Festival TBD
20 TBD CTA B-Dinner TBD
21 TBD CTA Telanganam Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
TBD TBD COBCA Bengali New Year Celebration TBD
TBD TBD GMOCO Bengali New Year Celebration TBD

Community Service News: Nish Nishant

The March Meals on Wheels route was on Sunday, March 26th. The volunteers for this month are Austin Pereira, Arun Kumar Radhakrishnan and Jacob Vengal

Badminton Tournament

Smash Badminton Club ‘Badminton Tournament’ was held on March 4th and 11th at Lazelle Woods Recreation Center. Six Men’s teams and two Women’s teams competed for the championship trophies. In coordinators Pradeesh’s and Aslam’s words, “The tournament was first of this kind in the community and was a big success. The competition was very tough, and many of the games were very close”. COMA President Ajayan Janardhanan, Pradip Ramachandran and Valsan Palika presented the medals to the winning teams.

  • Mens Champions: Pradeesh Puthiyattil, Dijo George and Nish Nishant
  • Runners Up: Biju Somarajan, Vinay Ramachandran and Hari Karunakaran
  • Womens Champions: Latha Unni, Aswathi Pradeesh, Julie Joseph and Shakunthala Puthiyattil
  • Runners up: Deepa Vinay, Sheeja Oommen, Priya Pramod and Priya Kumar

Professional Networking Event
Professional Networking Event
Professional Networking Event
Professional Networking Event

Tuberculosis in India: An Introduction to the Multi-Faceted Health Epidemic

Radhika Tampi

TB is a contagious disease which affects the lungs. TB is caused by a type of bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosiscauses. Even though TB is rare in the United States, it is wide spread in many other countries. India is one of the countries with significant TB cases. Do you know that there are about 2.5 million people living with active TB in India, and an estimated 40% of the Indian population is infected with tuberculosis? In the 20th century, TB was a leading cause of death in the United States. Today, a strong health infrastructure and easy access to antibiotics have made TB a disease of the past (and the poor) – but in India, a lack of public interest, minimal governmental response, an unregulated private sector and other issues have combined to make the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic a ticking time bomb. Although TB infection is curable with antibiotics that have been around for over 70 years, the mismanagement of the epidemic has made India the country with the highest burden of TB in the world.

For those of us who have loved ones in India, diabetes and other conditions that affect the immune system make it even easier to acquire TB and complicate the treatment process. In Kerala, the highest rates of TB are among elder patients with diabetes. Even more frightening is the rise of multi-drug resistant (MDR) cases in India. MDR cases require patients to take stronger (read: more harmful side effects and liver toxicity) antibiotics for longer periods of time (up to two years of daily doses) and can be more than 250 times more expensive to treat than regular TB (not including productivity losses for the patient due to hospitalization). MDR-TB has just as high of a transmission rate as regular TB – a cough or a sneeze from a man next to you in an airplane, and you could be facing months of quarantine, $150,000 in treatment costs (not including loss of income) and the possibility of death or disability.

We like to pretend that our lives are isolated from people living half a world away from us. But diseases do not have borders and the threat of an infection that is easier to transmit than both Ebola and HIV and takes months to cure could devastate health systems across the world. To stop the spread of this disease, we need to invest in research for cheaper and faster diagnostics, antibiotics that require shorter treatment regimens and public health networks to test and treat contacts of positive cases. The Government of India needs to be reminded of how far the national TB program is falling below international standards and how much of a threat TB is to the health and financial stability of the country.

Radhika Tampi is a health economist working at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on determining the cost-effectiveness of new diagnostics and treatment models for TB in low and middle income countries.

Fashion

Tradition with a twist by Pooja Ranedev, Owner of Origin-Design & Sew and Celebrity Stylist from our own Cochin. Gathered by Rekha Nair

Professional Networking Event

As a fashion, enthusiast I am more inclined towards the unconventional styles of dressing where in the comfort and making a statement comes together.
A recent design which we custom made for the young charming Mollywood actress Anushree was much appreciated and gained us more fan followers.
The whole idea was to mix casual fabrics with an evening design. The dress has got a paneled body and a waterfall hem. These types of dresses can be worn together with fitting bottoms as well as palazzos but here we clubbed it with a light biscuit shade cotton skirt. The screen printed motif on the fabric is so refreshing, it gives out a bohemian feel to whole attire. The olive green color is also a very rarely used but never the less beautiful shade.

Origin-Design & Sew is a made to measure kind of studio where customers can have their attires customized per their budget and other preferences.

Training Classes

COMA is planning to facilitate the following classes/sessions.

  • Python programming
  • Toastmasters
  • Yoga

If you are interested in joining any of these classes, please contact us at coma.officials@gmail.com

COMA Newsletter February 2017

Hello Friends!

Hope you are enjoying the bounty of warm weather gifted by Mother Nature! It already feels like spring!!

Thanks to all of you who attended Valentine’s Day event at DCRC! MC’s Rekha and Rohit and DJ’s Pradeesh and Vinay were at their best ensured that the group was fully involved and engaged! You made it an exciting and fun evening by active participation! That is what defines the success of the event, and is the motivation for EC to organize similar events. Please take a moment and send your comments and feedback @ coma.officials@gmail.com. The photos of the event will be published soon.

There were some changes in the FIA leadership, and guess what? Our own Rekha Nair is the new Vice President!! This is an exciting development, and we wish all the best for Rekha!. Ramakrishna Kasarla is the new President. We are looking forward to increased collaboration with FIA, especially with Rekha in FIA team.

Holi, the festival of color is coming up next month (March 12th)! There are several events in Columbus planned by various groups. There is also a Bollywood dance event on March 10th at Granero Longue; HOLI DHAMAKA Featuring DJ Mavi.

We are looking forward to your contributions to the newsletter. Write about anything that interests you: a nostalgic poem, recipe of that new dish you experimented over the weekend, a travelogue about your memorable vacation, a note about an event that’s happening around, a nice pic that you captured, introduce a new family in town etc. Anything goes!

Are you interested to be part of COMA Executive Committee in 2018? This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the Malayalee community while enhancing your leadership skills. YOU can make a difference! Please let EC or Trustees know!

FIA Forum – Upcoming Events

Date Host Event Start Location
March 5 Dhvani Dance Conversations; a community interaction 2:00 Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St, Columbus, OH 43085
12 GMOCO Holi Dhahan Celebration TBD Bharatiya Hindu Temple, 3671 Hyatts Rd, Powell, OH – 43065
17 Dhvani Concert by Sri. Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna 7:00 Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
17 CTA Indoor Sports Tournament TBD TBD
18 Dhvani S. Tyagaraja Rao Memorial Children’s Music Competition 8:30 Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
25 CTA Holi TBD TBD
25 GMOCO Holi Mela 3:30 Westerville Central High School,,7118 Mt Royal Ave, Westerville, OH – 43082
TBD NSF College Planning Workshop TBD TBD
April 8 NSF Regional Contests TBD The Ohio State University
9 NSF Regional Contests TBD The Ohio State University
15 COMA Professional Networking 2:00 Der Dutchman, 445 S Jefferson Ave, Plain City, OH 43064
22 All Local Indian Group Meeting – 2Q 11:30 TBD


Community Service News: Nish Nishant

  • On January 22nd, the 2017 COMA President Ajayan Janardhanan, along with Arun Kumar (Trustee) and Nish Nishant delivered the COMA Meals on Wheels January route.
  • The February Meals on Wheels route was scheduled and completed on February 26th by the volunteers for this month – Jacob Vengal (Trustee), Raj Panicker, Rajesh Ramachandran, and youth wing volunteer Megha Rajesh.
  • If you are interested in signing up as a COMA Meals on Wheels volunteer, please get in touch with the executive committee.

New Office Bearers for COMA Youth Wing

COMA Youth Wing members met on February 4th and selected new office bearers for 2017.

  • President: Adithya Nair
  • Vice President: Neelima Gopinath
  • Editors: Nikita Sathiaprakash & Deepak Warrier

Badminton Tournament

Smash Badminton Club is organizing its badminton tournament for 2017 on March 4th and 11th at Lazelle Woods Recreation Center near Polaris. Six Men’s teams and two Women’s teams are competing for the team championships. The event is planned between 9:30 and 12 noon. Please join and cheer the teams! Contact Pramod Pudhiyattil at 614 402 8317 for more information.

Tenali Rama and the Three Dolls

Retold by Nikita Sathiaprakash

I have always enjoyed reading Tenali Rama stories, and this story is one of my favorites:

The great king Krishna Deva Raya had a lot of wise ministers in his court. The wisest of them was Tenali Rama. One day, a merchant came to the king’s court from a foreign kingdom. He saluted the king and then said, “Your Majesty, I have heard from many people that you have very wise ministers in your court. But with your permission, I would like to test the wisdom of your ministers.” This aroused the king’s interest and he gave the merchant his permission. The merchant gave the king three dolls that looked identical. He said, “Though these dolls look similar, they are different in some way. If your ministers can find out the difference, I will bow to their wisdom. But if they can’t, I will assume that there are no wise ministers in your court. I will be back in thirty days for the answer.”

The king asked all his ministers except Tenali Rama to assemble. He gave them the three dolls and told them to find the difference in them in three days’ time. But at the end of three days, none of the ministers could figure out the difference. The king got worried and called Tenali Rama. He said to him, “Tenali, I did not summon you before because I thought that this problem will be too simple. But since no one has been able to find the solution, it is up to you now. Find the difference between these dolls.” Tenali took the three dolls and went away.

The problem proved difficult for Tenali too, but at last, after a lot of effort, he figured out the difference. He went to the court with the three dolls on the day that the merchant had to return. Then, he announced in front of the whole court that he had found the difference between the dolls. He said, “These three dolls are different because one of them is good, one average and one bad.” When everyone asked Tenali that which doll was which, he showed them a tiny hole that was present in the ears of each of the dolls. Then, he took a very thin wire and put it in the hole of the first doll’s ear. The wire came out from the doll’s mouth. He did the same with the second doll and the wire came out from the doll’s other ear. In the third doll, the wire went to the heart and did not come out.

Tenali Rama explained, “In the first doll, the wire went in through the ear and came out through the mouth. So, this doll is bad as it represents people who cannot keep a secret. In the second doll, the wire came out of the other ear. So, it is average and represents harmless people who do not understand what is said to them. The third doll, in which the wire went to the heart and did not come out, represents good people who will keep the secret that you tell them.”

The king, the merchant and all the courtiers were very impressed with Tenali’s wise answer. Then Tenali said, “But there can be another explanation too. The first doll represents people who gain knowledge and spread it among others, so it is good. The second doll represents people who do not understand what they are taught, so it is average. The third doll represents people who have knowledge but keep it all to themselves. They do not teach anyone anything and so they are bad people.

The merchant was very impressed after hearing Tenali’s answer. He bowed down to Tenali’s wisdom and left the city. The King was also impressed and gifted Tenali with 1000 gold coins and thanked him for saving the city from embarrassment.

My Fun Trip Last Summer!

Arya Janardhanan (5th Grade)

My trip last summer was the best. We went to Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania. Yellowstone was the prettiest sight ever. We saw this lake with the colors of the rainbow. When we were driving, I took my cell phone out and took picture of the river with trees in the background, and set it as my wallpaper on my phone. My family went to see geysers. One of them, named Old Faithful, shoots out every 90 minutes and the water goes 30 feet in the air! The rest of the geysers we went to were smelly.

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Another place I went to is Devil’s Tower. It’s this landform which is like a butte and is 150 feet tall. There are giant rocks around Devil’s Tower. My whole family, except my mom, climbed on the rocks. Anybody is allowed to climb on the rocks, but not the real Devil’s Tower. There is a pathway to walk around Devils Tower, which takes at least 1-2 hours. We were one fourth there, buy my younger sister couldn’t make it.

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Mt. Rushmore was cool and interesting. There is a building about the history of Mt. Rushmore. I saw the model they made before the real one, the model was at least 3 feet tall. There was a movie my family watched about its history. It was just 10 minutes long. The movie said how long it took to make it, and what tools they used to make it. This place was very informative and awesome!

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I can’t wait until Crazy Horse is done being built. Crazy Horse is this person from an Indian tribe, he was blessed by the other members of the tribe, so right now, they are making a big sculpture of him on his horse, which looks crazy. I saw the mini sculpture of Crazy Horse. The big sculpture of Crazy Horse is like Mt. Rushmore. The builders are still building Crazy Horse. I want to see it when it’s is finished.

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Hershey’s Chocolate Factory was the last place I went to during summer of 2016. In Pennsylvania, my family made their own candy bars. They are in a little box, which is in another box, a little bigger than that one, with a cover on it that I designed. My family watched a 4D movie, that I can feel, smell, see, hear, and sometimes taste! At the end of the movie, confetti came from the ceiling. After the movie, my family took a bite from everyone’s chocolate bars and they all said mine tasted the best!

തെയ്യം

ശ്രീവത്സൻ

കേരളം പാരമ്പര്യ കലകളുടെ ഈറ്റല്ലമാണ്. പ്രാദേശികഭേദങ്ങൾ ഉൾക്കൊള്ളുന്ന വ്യത്യസ്ത പാരമ്പര്യ കലാനുഷ്ഠാനങ്ങൾ കേരളത്തിൽ കേരളത്തിൽ അങ്ങോളമിങ്ങോളം കാണാവുന്നതാണ്. ഇതിൽ വളരെ പ്രധാനപ്പെട്ടതാണ് തെയ്യം. കോലത്തുനാട് എന്നറിയപ്പെട്ടിരുന്ന ഇന്നത്തെ വടക്കേ മലബാറിലാണ് തെയ്യങ്ങൾ ധാരാളമായി കണ്ടുവരുന്നത്.. തിറ, കോലം, കളിയാട്ടം എന്നീ പേരുകളിലും ഈ കലാരൂപം അറിയപ്പെടുന്നു.

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വ്യത്യസ്ത ജാതി വിഭാഗങ്ങളുടെ ആരാധനാകേന്ദ്രങ്ങളായ കാവ്, പള്ളിയറ, കോട്ടം എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിലും, വീടുകളിലുമാണ് തെയ്യങ്ങൾ കെട്ടിയാടുന്നത്. തെയ്യം എന്നത് ദൈവം എന്ന വാക്കിന്റെ ഒരു വകഭേദം തന്നെ. കോലക്കാരൻ ദൈവത്തിന്റെ വേഷം അണിഞ്ഞു വിശ്വാസികൾക്ക് അനുഗ്രഹാശിസ്സുകൾ നൽകുന്നു. തെയ്യങ്ങൾ കെട്ടുന്നത് മേല്ജാതിക്കാരല്ലെങ്കിലും അനുഗ്രഹത്തിനായി ജാതിഭേദമില്ലാതെ ദേശക്കാരെല്ലാവരും ആ ദൈവത്തെ വണങ്ങുന്നു.

കേരളത്തിന്റെ പല പാരമ്പര്യങ്ങളും അന്യംനിന്നുപോവുകയോ കാലാന്തരത്തിൽ മാറ്റങ്ങൾക്ക് വിധേയമാവുകയോ ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ടെങ്കിലും തെയ്യങ്ങളും അതിനിടനുബന്ധിട്ടുള്ള ചട്ടവട്ടങ്ങളും വലിയ മാറ്റങ്ങളില്ലാതെ ഇന്നും തുടർന്നുപോകുന്നു. സവര്ണരുടെയോ മേലാള വർഗ്ഗത്തിന്റെയോ നിയന്ത്രണത്തിലായിരുന്നില്ല തെയ്യങ്ങൾ എന്നത് ഇതിന് ഒരു കാരണമായിരിക്കാം. മതാധിഷ്ടിതമായ സങ്കല്പങ്ങളാണെങ്കിലും വർഗga സമരങ്ങളിൽ തെയ്യങ്ങളും കാവുകളും പ്രധാന ലക്ഷ്യങ്ങളായിരുന്നില്ല.

അൽപ സ്വല്പം ചെറിയ ദേശാന്തരങ്ങളുണ്ടെങ്കിലും തെയ്യത്തിന്റെ ചടങ്ങുകൾ പൊതുവെ സമാനമാണ്. ചാന്ദ്ര മാസത്തെ അടിസ്ഥാനമാക്കിയുള്ള വിശേഷ ദിവസങ്ങളിലാണ് തെയ്യം കെട്ടിയാടുന്നത്. തീയതി തീരുമാനിച്ചാൽ സമുദായ പ്രമാണിമാരും അന്തിത്തിരിയനും (കാവിലെ പ്രധാന പൂജാരി) കാവിൽ അത് വിളിച്ചറിയിക്കും. തുടർന്ന് തെയ്യം കെട്ടാനുള്ള കോലക്കാരൻമാരെയും മറ്റ് സഹകാരികളെയും വിവരം അറിയിക്കും. പല കാവുകളിലും ഒരു പ്രധാന മൂർത്തിയും മറ്റനേകം മൂർത്തികളും കാണും. അതിനാൽ ഒന്നിലധികം തെയ്യങ്ങളും ഉണ്ടാവും. ഇരുപതും മുപ്പതും തെയ്യങ്ങൾ കെട്ടിയാടുന്ന ‘പെരുങ്കളിയാട്ട’ങ്ങളും വളരെയുണ്ട്. തെയ്യം കെട്ടിയാടുന്നതിനോടടുത്ത ദിവസങ്ങളിൽ കാവിൽനിന്നും മൂർത്തികളുടെ പ്രതിപുരുഷന്മാരായ ‘കോമര’ങ്ങൾ പ്രദേശത്തെ പ്രധാന ക്ഷേത്രങ്ങളിലും വീടുകളിലും ‘എഴുന്നള്ളി’ കാണിക്ക സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നത് സാധാരണമാണ്.

തെയ്യം കെട്ടുന്ന കോലക്കാരന് വ്രത ശുദ്ധിയും നിഷ്ഠയും നിര്ബന്ധമാണ്. തെയ്യ ദിവസം കോലക്കാരൻ ഉടുത്തൊരുങ്ങി മൂർത്തിയുടെ സമക്ഷം ‘തോറ്റം’ ചെല്ലുന്നു. തെയ്യത്തിന്റെ ചരിത്രത്തെ ആധാരമാക്കിയുള്ള പാട്ടുകളാണ് തോറ്റം. തോറ്റം ചൊല്ലിയതിനുശേഷം ‘മുഖത്തെഴുത്ത്’ നടത്തുന്നു. കടും ചായങ്ങൾകൊണ്ട് മുഖത്ത് മനോഹരങ്ങളായ ചിത്രങ്ങൾ എഴുതുന്നു. കഥകളിയുടെ മുഖമെഴുത്തിന് തെയ്യങ്ങളുടെ മുഖത്തെഴുത്തിന്റെ സ്വാധീനമുണ്ടാവാം.. മണിക്കൂറുകളോളം വേണ്ടിവരും ചില തെയ്യങ്ങളുടെ സങ്കീർണങ്ങളായ മുഖത്തെഴുത്തിന്. പിന്നെ ആടയാഭരണങ്ങളും അലങ്കാരങ്ങളും അണിഞ്ഞു ദൈവസന്നിധിയിലെത്തി ‘തിരുമുടി’ അണിയുന്നു. അലങ്കാരപൂരിതമായ കിരീടമാണ് മുടി. കുരുത്തോലകളാലോ വർണപ്പാട്ടുകളാലോ അലങ്കരിച്ച മുടിയിൽ സ്വർണ, വെള്ളി വർണങ്ങളിലുള്ള ചമയങ്ങളുണ്ടാവും. ഓരോ തെയ്യത്തിനും പ്രത്യേക മുടിയുണ്ട്. വളരെ ചെറുത് മുതൽ ഇരുപതടിയോളം ഉയരവും പത്തടിയോളം വീതിയും ഉള്ള വലിയ മുടികളും പ്രാബല്യത്തിലുണ്ട്.

തിരുമുടി അണിഞ്ഞാൽ വാദ്യമേളങ്ങളോടെയുള്ള നൃത്തങ്ങളും പാട്ടുകളുമായി മണിക്കൂറുകളോളം തെയ്യം സന്നിധിയിൽ ആടുന്നു. ഈ സമയത്ത് ദേശവാസികൾക്ക് തെയ്യം ദർശനം നൽകുകയും അവരുടെ സങ്കടങ്ങൾ കേൾക്കുകയും അനുഗ്രഹാശിസ്സുകൾ നൽകുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു. ക്ഷേത്ര സമ്പ്രദായത്തിൽനിന്നും തികച്ചും വ്യത്യസ്തമായ ഈ സംവാദനാവസരം തെയ്യങ്ങളുടെ സാമൂഹികപ്രസക്തി വിളിച്ചോതുന്നു.

പല തെയ്യങ്ങളുടെയും ഉത്ഭവത്തിന് അതാത് ദേശവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട കഥകളുണ്ട്. അതുപോലെ ഓരോ തെയ്യത്തിനും ഓരോ ഭാവവുമുണ്ട്. (സൗമ്യം, രൗദ്രം ഇത്യാദി). അവയെക്കുറിച്ചുള്ള വിശേഷങ്ങൾ വിശദമായി മറ്റൊരവസരത്തിൽ പങ്കിടാം

Training Classes

COMA is planning to facilitate the following classes/sessions.

  • Python programming
  • Toastmasters
  • Yoga

If you are interested in joining any of these classes, please contact us at coma.officials@gmail.com

COMA Events Schedule for 2017

Date Event
15-Apr Professional Development (Corporate Networking)
17-Jun Family Event (Picnic)
TBD Cultural Event (Onam)
14-Oct Professional Development (Kids or Business focused)
02-Dec Cultural Event (Christmas)

Sangam to Silicon Valley

The Tamil Nadu Foundation (TNF) is auditioning singers for the theatrical production ‘Sangam to Silicon Valley’ for a mega event in 5/27. If you are interested in auditioning please contact TNF.

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Kairali Cup

Kerala Cricket League of Michigan is organizing a cricket tournament called Kairali Cup. For More information please visit their website of Facebook page.
Kairali Cup

COMA Newsletter January 2017

Hello Friends!

Happy new year from COMA News Desk!! Warm welcome to the first edition of this year’s newsletter!

It has been an exciting and eventful holiday season –Christmas and New Year celebrations, Election results and run up to the inauguration, demonetization and its impacts in India, floods in Chennai and much more! I am excited to say that the new EC team has taken over charge and is already on their job. Meticulous planning is underway for more than a month to make 2017 a fantastic year for COMA members! 2017 EC team’s vision is to “make COMA more than a cultural organization”

2016 was a significant year for COMA; Onam program saw the largest ever gathering attending a COMA function – almost 500 people! Yes, our small organization is leaps and bounds. The team led by Ajoy has done a fabulous job steering the organization last year overseeing this significant growth. This year’s team is committed to continue the hard work to meet your expectations!
There are several exciting programs lined up for this year, kicking off with the colorful Valentines Family Night event on February 18th! With the goal of “making COMA more than a cultural organization”, the team is also looking to provide additional value add services to the community, which will be communicated in the due course. We are looking forward to the continued support from you for the success of our events!

Anu has done a fabulous job with collecting, collating and publishing the newsletter last year. While the pattern of the newsletter will remain pretty much the same, some new sections will be added this year – news on other Indian associations in Central Ohio, event calendar (major events of interest in both local and from Kerala), a section on photography etc.

Your valuable suggestions and contributions are welcome @ coma.officials@gmail.com

Executive Committee 2017

Ajayan

Ajayan Janardhanan, President

Ajayan hails from Kochi and has been a resident of Columbus since 1997. He resides in Hilliard with his wife, Anuja, and their children, Arya (10 years) and Anjali (6 years). He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. He is currently employed as Director, IT Applications with Nationwide Insurance. Anuja is also employed with Nationwide. During his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, traveling, reading and catching up on the news.

Pasha

Naushad Pasha, Vice President

Pasha is from Malappuram and has been living in Columbus since 2002. Currently he is working for Nationwide as Director in Personal Lines Research and before that he worked for The Ohio State University as a Lecturer. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from OSU and a Masters from IIT Madras.

Pasha’s wife Shameema is working as a Data Scientist for the Ohio Super Computer Center of OSU and has a PhD in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Science. In his spare time, Pasha likes to do coding, fishing, and biking but lately both Pasha and Shami are busy with raising their 9-month-old daughter Hazel.

Sindhu Rajgopal, Secretary

Sindhu came to Columbus in October 1999. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Raj Panicker, and two daughters – Aishwarya and Sahasra. Both Sindhu and Raj work for Nationwide Insurance and have been attending the programs put by our organization since 2000. Sindhu is from Hyderabad and her parents come from Kollam. In her spare time, she loves to read, spend time with her family doing anything related with classical music and dance, watching TV shows or movies.

Austin Pereira, Joint Secretary

I am from Kannur and can speak unadulterated Malabar Malayalam. I came to US in 1993 to pursue my Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Ohio University. When I first came to Columbus in 1996, I searched for a Malayalee association, found none, started searching Malayalee last names and found the email address of Rajan uncle. Rajan uncle graciously invited me and my wife Deepa to his house and made us feel at home. Rajan Uncle was our COMA then and I believe now that our current COMA will be the one that invites and makes all of us Malayalees welcomed.

I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve COMA this year.

Deepa and our three kids – Asha, Dhiya and Aedin live in Powell. I manage the North American Service provider accounts for F5 Networks. We also run a small business in Columbus and I am one of the founders of Alumni Charities in India. In my spare time I love to run, spend time with family and watch Malayalam comedy movies. And personally, I have an incessant tendency to find humor in everything.

Anup Janardhanan, Treasurer

Anup is from Kochi and has been a resident of Columbus since 1998. He resides with his wife Smitha and children Adit (12 years) and Adwin (5 years) in Lewis Center. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene and Bachelor of Architecture degree from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum. He is a Board Certified and Registered Architect in India and the United States. He is currently employed as Architecture Project Manager with Moody Nolan, Columbus. His professional interests include sustainable design, housing and historic preservation. During his free time, he loves to spend time with his family, reading and painting

Valsan Palika, News Letter Editor

Valsan and Family has been in Columbus since 1998. Very active in community activities, Valsan was instrumental in planning and executing several community events even before COMA became a formal organization. Valsan hails from Kannur. He holds a Master of Physics degree from Kozhikkode university and has worked as an air traffic controller for several years in Mumbai before migrating to USA. He is currently working with Chase. He temporarily moved to India between 2010 and 2015, and help set up Chase operations in Hyderabad. Valsan lives with his wife Vijaya and children Hrishikesh and Niranjan at Lewis Center. Valsan loves to travel, read and he maintains a close connection with his hometown.

Training Classes

COMA is planning to facilitate the following classes/sessions.

  • Python programming
  • Toastmasters
  • Yoga

If you are interested in joining any of these classes, please contact us at coma.officials@gmail.com

Youth Club

The Youth Club will be formally set up next month. All youth members are encouraged to join the youth club and avail the opportunities for community involvement, leadership development, and have some fun. Please convey your interest by sending an email to coma.officials@gmail.com

COMA Events Schedule for 2017

Date Event
18-Feb Family Event (Valentines)
15-Apr Professional Development (Corporate Networking)
17-Jun Family Event (Picnic)
26-Aug Cultural Event (Onam)
14-Oct Professional Development (Kids or Business focused)
02-Dec Cultural Event (Christmas)

Kairali Cup

Kerala Cricket League of Michigan is organizing a cricket tournament called Kairali Cup. For More information please visit their website of Facebook page.
Kairali Cup

ചിന്താശകലങ്ങൾ

– ഹരി നാരായണസ്വാമി

ചെക്കൻ

ട്രൗസറിട്ടു നടന്നൊരു ചെക്കൻ
വലുതായി, വിദേശിയായി
ട്രൗസറിട്ടു നടക്കുന്നൊരു ചെക്കനായി

കയ്പ്പും മധുരവും

തോളൊപ്പം വളർന്നു
മലയാളം മറന്നു
കനവോളം ഉയർന്നു
കണ്ണിൽ നിന്നകന്നു

മതവും മനുഷ്യനും

മനുഷ്യന് മനുഷ്യനെക്കൊല്ലാൻ
മദമൊരു കാരണം
മതവും ഒരു കാരണം .
മദംകൊണ്ട് മതിമറന്നവനേതു മതം ?

വിശ്വാസവും ജ്ഞാനവും

വിശ്വാസിക്കാവിശ്വാസി ദുഃഖം
അവിശ്വാസിക്ക് വിശ്വാസി ദുഃഖം
അജ്ഞാനിയ്ക്കു ജ്ഞാനി മോക്ഷം
ജ്ഞാനിയ്ക്കജ്ഞാനിയും ദൈവം

ഈശ്വരൻ

ഈശ്വരന് പേരിട്ടിട്ടാപേരിന് പേരിൽ
പോര് നടത്തീട്ടാ പോരിന് പേരിൽ
അധർമം വാഴിച്ചീടുമവരിൽ
ആർക്കു സ്വർഗ്ഗം മാളോരേ ?

ഭാഷകൾ

ലോകകാര്യം പറവതിനെനിക്കെത്രയോ ഭാഷകൾ
എന്നെകുറിച്ച് എന്നോട് പറയാൻ
മൗനമെന്നൊരു ഭാഷാമാത്രം

മരണം

മരണം
നമ്മുടേതല്ലാത്തതെല്ലാം
നമുക്കില്ലാതാക്കുന്ന സത്യം

ലക്‌ഷ്യം

അർത്ഥം കളഞ്ഞിട്ടർത്ഥം തേടണം
അർത്‌ഥത്തിനപ്പുറമുള്ളത് നേടണം

മാർഗ്ഗം

പാതയില്ലാത്തിടത്ത്
യാത്രയുമില്ല
വഴികാട്ടിയുമില്ല .

ഞാൻ

എന്റെയുള്ളിൽ ഒരു നൂറു ‘ഞാൻ’ ഉണ്ട്
പിന്നെ , ഞാനറിയാത്ത ഒരു ഞാനും

COMA Newsletter December 2016

Hello friends,

Tis the most wonderful time of the year! Trees laden with ornaments and twinkling lights, houses decorated with colorful light displays, red & green wreaths on the front door, stockings waiting to be filled with goodies, elves running up and down the house, sleigh bells ringing, snow covered roof tops, children writing letters to Santa, lovingly wrapped presents neatly tucked away. Add to this list the Malayalee touch; painstaking preparation of naadan treats like achappams, fruit cake, kal kals, nankatai, vatteyappam, sukhiyan, kozhukatta….this is making me drool! Yes it does feel a lot like Christmas….

And so the time comes to bid you all farewell. This newsletter editorship been both an absolute pleasure, and a steep learning curve. I’m pleased that I took on the challenge, and looking back, I can safely say that the risk has paid off! In the process, I have made some new friends, which has been both enriching and rewarding in itself.

I’d like to thank each and every single contributor to the newsletter in 2016. All the good things that I hear about the newsletter are owed to your valuable contributions! Who knew COMA had so much talent? Keep it going and support those who have an interest in writing. Especially our kids. I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm that our kids and youth have shown in supplying articles. In this technological age, where cursive has disappeared from schools and creative writing is at the brink of extinction, its wonderful to see young people express themselves in the most creative form!

I sincerely wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous 2017. Keep the momentum going!

I leave you with these words…

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”  – L.R. Knost

Warmest regards,
Anu Kurian

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COMA Newsletter November 2016

COMA Newsletter October 2016

Hello Friends, 

halloween-profileAnd so Halloween is is upon us! The streets will soon be filled with fairies, princesses, super heroes, cartoon characters, ghouls & ghosts of all ages! Oooh! Spooky exciting! Every year, we come up with a family strategy to achieve the goal of ‘colossal candy collection’! Every year it’s a different one and somehow, we always manage to collect just about the same amount of candy. Or as we’ve fondly named it “our annual supply of guaranteed cavities”!! Whatever your tradition or family strategy is, have a Spooktacular Halloween! 

Diwali, or Deepavali as its known in the south, is also around the corner. My favorite festival growing up in India- the Festival of Lights! The Triumph of Good over Evil! I sincerely wish each and every one of you a very happy, festive and prosperous Diwali! 

white-houseI leave you with a wonderful picture of the First Lady celebrating Diwali in the White House. 

Until next issue…

Warm regards,

Anu Kurian

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