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 or reach out directly to one of the FIA office bearers ->

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.


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 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 @ 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 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.


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.


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!


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.


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!



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.


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 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.


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 @

Executive Committee 2017


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.


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

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 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


– ഹരി നാരായണസ്വാമി


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


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


ലോകകാര്യം പറവതിനെനിക്കെത്രയോ ഭാഷകൾ
എന്നെകുറിച്ച് എന്നോട് പറയാൻ
മൗനമെന്നൊരു ഭാഷാമാത്രം


നമുക്കില്ലാതാക്കുന്ന സത്യം


അർത്ഥം കളഞ്ഞിട്ടർത്ഥം തേടണം
അർത്‌ഥത്തിനപ്പുറമുള്ളത് നേടണം


വഴികാട്ടിയുമില്ല .


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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COMA Newsletter September 2016

Hello friends,
fullsizerender-2September is the month of Onam, and with it Pujas and Onasadhyas. It’s amazing how us NRI Malayalees celebrate Onam with such pomp and splendor! I myself partook in a couple of mini sadhyas culminating in the grand COMA Onam. With each gathering I have been more and more amazed by the richness and generosity that our culture inculcates in us. Not to mention, the delectable spread of 20+ delicacies served on banana leaf. Feels like home away from home.

Fall is upon us. It happens to be my favorite season. Not too cold yet. Leaves change color displaying an exuberant display of yellows, oranges, reds and deep purple. Pumpkin picking, hay rides, barn bashes and of course Halloween. It’s sheer joy watching children trick-or-treat in their fanciful costumes, running from door to door collecting their annual loot of candy. Send in pictures of your Halloween celebrations and we shall display them on our COMA Facebook page.

Hope you enjoyed the first Presidential debate on Monday. I know I did! Looking forward to many more exciting ones to come.

So without further ado let’s dive into this issue of the newsletter.

Warm regards,

Anu Kurian

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COMA Newsletter August 2016

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Happy 70th year of lndian Independence to all! PM Narendra Modi in his speech quotes “Today on this special day, I convey my greetings to 125 crore Indians and the Indian community living overseas. May this energy guide the nation to scale newer heights of progress in the years to come.”

Olympics fever is at its peak. Our family is glued to the TV, as I’m sure is yours. But at least this time the purpose is to be inspired and believe in the fruit of your ‘sweat & blood’. Hardwork, determination and craftsmanship at its best! 

We wish all our kids a very energetic, enriching and happy back to school experience. And good luck to all parents as well! 

On July 22nd we experienced the very painful and untimely demise of a very valuable member of our COMA family, Salil Nair. I have had the privilege of compiling beautiful memoirs that his friends have contributed in his honor. This newsletter is dedicated to his memory. Special thanks to Smitha and Nish Nishant for helping me reach out to Salil’s near and dear ones. 

Furthermore, you will find details of the COMA 2016 Onam celebration. We hope to see all of you and your families join us for this quintessential Malayalee festival. Details of upcoming Malayalam classes are also included. 

Until next issue…


Anu Kurian

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COMA July 2016 Newsletter

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COMA Newsletter June 2016

Hi friends, 

FullSizeRender (1)It’s officially summer! I don’t know about you but it’s amazing how sometimes you can forget how long you’ve been waiting to feel the warmth, and when it’s finally here you start to complain about the days being too hot! Must be the Malayalee in me

Many of you may be planning your long annual vacation back home or short trips in and around the US. We’d love to hear of your travels! I personally dream of sweet alphonso mangas, ripe chakkas, succulent rambutan, squishy yet delightful mangosteen and of course karikku vellum! Yes…I dream a lot about food! And of the monsoon and torrential Kerala rains that brings a new lease of life to the land. 

I would love to publish an article on a members visit back home with lots of pictures of their tharavadu, the scenery, the people, the favorite thattukada, the local puzha and of course the delectable food!  

The COMA Annual Picnic is just around the corner. Get ready for yet another exciting opportunity to mingle and get sporty with your COMA friends. 

Until next issue…

Warm regards,

Anu Kurian

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