COMA Newsletter February 2016

Editors letter

Dear friends,

FullSizeRender-2Here we are in the month of February, that too a Leap February! What a month it has been so far! El Nino struck again bringing us spring like temperatures. Even storm system ‘Jonas’, which left most of the East Coast crippled & battered with record snowfall, showed us its merciful side. And of course, there are days like today to remind us that we do live in Ohio after all!

The last month has also left us mourning the deaths of some legends. There is the most unfortunate demise of actress & comedian Kalpana Ranjani. I’m sure most of us will remember her fondly through her film legacy. We also lost music great David Bowie who very aptly will be remembered through these famous lyrics, “We can be heroes, just for one day”.

On an exciting note, your 2016 COMA EC team has been working round the clock to bring you their first event Glitz & Glam Family Night on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016! I’ve attempted to give you a sneak peak into some of the fun filled activities they’ve planned for you. Its sure to be a winner, so don’t miss out!

February also boasts one of my favorite holiday traditions, Valentines Day. To me, Valentines is much more than just a romantic day, its more a celebration of love at its best! We’d love to see pictures of your Valentines celebrations, so send them in and we will be happy to share them on the COMA website.

And finally, for the Christians among us, we wish you blessed Lenten season. A lovely quote that comes to mind is, “Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” -Willa Sibert Cather

In this edition:

  • Glitz & Glam Family Night
  • A memory that will be remembered by Megha Rajesh
  • Priya Kumar’s Graduation from Columbus State Community College
  • New family in town
  • Mrs & Mr Jacob Vengal (COMA Trustee) celebrate 25 years of marriage
  • Malayalam story ‘Kallu Kudichaalulla Vina’ by Anjana S Nair
  • Naadan Njandu Roast by Nancy Joseph
  • Fashion featuring Vidya S Chandran
  • COMA Annual Membership Renewal
  • COMA Youth Wing
  • Charity Talk

Thanks for reading! Until next issue…

Warm regards,

Anu Kurian

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COMA Newsletter January 2016

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Editor’s letter

Dear friends,

Welcome to the first edition of the 2016 newsletter. That warm fuzzy holiday feeling still permeates the air. Can you believe it’s 2016 already? New Year, new resolutions, and a time for new beginnings! My New Year resolution, besides getting fit (ha-ha!), is to push the envelope and step out of my comfort zone. I am therefore excited to take on the mantle of Newsletter Editor from Smitha Nishant. Smitha has done a splendid job and laid a wonderful platform to build on in 2016! This is also a time to bid adieu to last year’s awesome COMA Team and welcome this year’s new Executive Committee.

In the words of Ajoy Kumar, EC 2016 President, “Our vision for this year is  ‘myCOMA’. We aspire to make COMA relevant and interesting for multi-generations; and enable the patrons to have ownership and patronage of your COMA activities in the community.” 

The newsletter this year will feature sections such as;

YATRA: we would love to hear about your travels and adventures to new & exotic destinations, but equally nostalgic trips back to Gods own country

PACHAKAM: we invite your favorite recipes with a picture of your drool worthy creations

YOUTH ZONE: an opportunity for your children to express themselves and see their work published. Kids of all ages are actively welcomed to contribute; whether it be a picture, a poem, a narrative, we want to hear from COMA kids!

FASHION: Ladies (and gentlemen)!!! We’d love to see pictures of you flaunt your personal style and keep us ‘pardesis‘ current with ‘desi‘ fashion trends.

SPOTLIGHT: if you are a new family in town, you’ve hit an important milestone (significant birthday/ wedding anniversary/academic accomplishment), welcomed a new addition to your family, won awards/felicitation or simply want to showcase a hobby or talent (like photography, art) then here’s your opportunity to tell us about it!

This year we have an end of year Award Ceremony planned in December with a Readers Choice Award and Kids Award for the most popular contributions. In addition to this, we are excited to announce a 2016 COMA Yearbook in which we want to feature significant contributions of COMA patrons of all age groups. So get your creative juices going and start sending your submissions in early!

Hope you are as excited as we are to start this year with a BANG! I hope to see more new faces, fresh ideas and connect with you through your participation. No contribution is too big or small. I look forward to your input on coma_ohio@yahoo.com.

Warm regards,

Anu Kurian

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COMA Newsletter December 2015

From the Editor’s desk

2015_12_SmithaDear newsletter readers,

The holidays are around the corner and 2015 is coming to an end. The COMA 2015 Christmas Party was a fitting end to a very fruitful year for our Malayalee association.

The COMA newsletter has grown significantly this year. We were able to bring you interesting news relating to a wide variety of topics: achievements, birth announcements, graduation news, travelogues, adventures, youth contributions, local events, and interviews, to name a few. We have successfully met our target to consistently reach out to the community with a monthly newsletter – a significant feat for a small community and budding organization like ours.

Leading the newsletter this year has given me the good fortune to work very closely with the 2015 Executive Committee, and I take this opportunity to thank them for their constant support (and for giving me a free reign). I would like to especially thank Arun Radhakrishnan (President) for his outstanding leadership, and Nish Nishant (General Secretary) for his technical support with publishing the newsletter and sharing it with COMA’s reader base. Special thanks also goes to Adithya Nair for coordinating the youth contributions.

And lastly, my sincere gratitude to all the contributors and readers for your continued interest and support.

I have decided to hang up the notepad and step down as the newsletter editor for COMA due to personal commitments. I would like to express my deep gratitude to Anu Kurian who has cheerfully agreed to serve as the next COMA newsletter editor. She has a lot of new ideas and plans on how to take the newsletter forward, so we have much to look forward to next year. I wish Anu all the very best! I hope you continue to read and support the COMA newsletter.

With that, I bid adieu, and leave you with a final thought: “On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the Escape key.

Wishing you all happy holidays and a wonderful new year!!!

Smitha Nishant

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