ഏകദേശം ഒരു 2 വർഷം ആയി കാണും. കൃത്യമായി പറഞ്ഞാൽ നമ്മുടെ ഇറ്റലിയിലെ അച്ചായൻ കേരളത്തിൽ വന്ന സമയം. ഒടിയൻ’നു കഞ്ഞി കൊടുത്ത കേരളം പുച്ഛത്തോടെ പറഞ്ഞു ” ഓ..നമ്മൾ ഇതൊക്കെ എത്ര കണ്ടതാ നിപ്പ , പ്രളയം, പൾസർ….. പിന്നല്ല ! ടീച്ചറമ്മ അച്ചായനെ പൂട്ടിയാൽ പിന്നെ എന്ത് കോവിഡ്.. നാട്ടിൽ ഇറങ്ങിയ പുലിയെ പോലെ അച്ചായനെ പിടിച്ചു അങ്ങ് പൂട്ടി. ശ്വാസം മുട്ടിയ പ്രതികാരദാഹി ആയ കോവിഡ് , സടകുടഞ്ഞു പല രൂപത്തിൽ, പല ഭാവത്തിൽ ഉണർന്നു. കേരളത്തിൽ മാത്രമല്ല, ഈ ലോകം മുഴുവൻ കീഴടക്കാൻ തുടങ്ങിയ ആറാട്ട്.
പക്ഷെ നമ്മൾ എപ്പോഴെങ്കിലും ചിന്തിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ടോ കോവിഡ് നമ്മളെ തേടി വന്നതാണോ, അതോ നമ്മൾ തന്നെ ക്ഷണിച്ചു വരുത്തിയതോ? ഒരു വശത്തു കോവിഡ് നമ്മുടെ ഉറ്റവരെ എടുക്കുമ്പോൾ , മറു വശത്തു ബെറ്റിയിട്ട ബാഴത്തണ്ടു കണ്ടു നമ്മൾ ചിരിച്ചു കൊണ്ടേ ഇരിന്നു . അതിൽ ചിലർ അഹങ്കാരത്തോടെ ചിരിച്ചു, ചിലർ പുച്ഛത്തോടെ..മറ്റു ചിലർ ഇതിൽ ഒളിച്ചിരുന്ന വ്യവസായം കണ്ടു. സിനിമകളെ വിഴുങ്ങുന്ന ഓ.ടി.ടി കച്ചവടം, മുഖസംരക്ഷണം നോക്കാതെ നടന്നവരെ അതിശയിപ്പിച്ച ത്രിവർണ മാസ്കുകൾ, , അങ്ങനെ പലതും നമ്മൾ കണ്ടു. സത്യമാണ്, നമ്മൾ അതിജീവിക്കാൻ പഠിച്ചു. പക്ഷെ , അതൊക്കെ നമുക്കു തന്ന തിരിച്ചറിവിൽ നിന്നാണോ എന്ന് എപ്പോഴെങ്കിലും ചിന്തിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ടോ?
അമേരിക്കയിലെ മാഡം മസാല ദോശ കഴിച്ചു പുകഴ്ത്തിയ നമ്മൾ , അവർ ഇപ്പോ ഒരു ഇഡലി എങ്കിലും കഴിക്കുന്നോ എന്ന് അനേഷിക്കുന്നുണ്ടോ? അതിനൊക്കെ എവിടെയാ സമയം, നാട് ഓടുമ്പോൾ നടുവേ ഓടണ്ടേ.. നമുക്കു പലപ്പോഴും ഒന്നിനും സമയം കിട്ടാറില്ല . പക്ഷെ ഒരു നിമിഷം തിരിന്നു നോക്കി ഒന്നു അനേഷിച്ചാൽ , ഈ വിലപ്പെട്ട സമയം കോവിഡ് നമുക്കു തന്ന ഒരു ഇളവ് അല്ലെ ?നമ്മൾ പണ്ട് അറിഞ്ഞോ അറിയാതേയോ ചെയ്ത ചില നല്ല കാര്യങ്ങൾ കണ്ട് , ഈശ്വരൻ ഈ ലോകത്തു ജീവിക്കാൻ നീട്ടിയ സമയം.
“ഈശ്വരൻ നിൻറ്റെ മുന്നിൽ വിളക്കായി തെളിയുമ്പോൾ അതിൻറ്റെ നേർക്കു നീ തുപ്പരുത്”. ഇത് ഞാൻ പറഞ്ഞതല്ല. പണ്ട് ഏതോ സിനിമയിൽ വിവരം ഉള്ള ഒരു കഥാകൃത്തു നമുക്കു തന്ന വിലപ്പെട്ട ഒരു സന്ദേശം. പക്ഷെ ഇതൊക്കെ കേൾക്കാൻ നമുക്കു എവിടെയാ സമയം. ഈ ഉലകം നമ്മളെ ഇന്നും പരീക്ഷിക്കുമ്പോൾ, നമ്മൾ ഇപ്പോഴും ആറാടുകയല്ലേ ? പരസ്പരം നെഞ്ചത്ത് ചവിട്ടി ആർത്തുചിരിച്ചു , നമ്മൾ വീണ്ടും ആറാടുകയാണ്. !
This January we are stepping into a new decade. January is the month related to making resolutions and new beginnings. According to T.S.Elliot’s quote, “Every moment is a fresh beginning,” points that you can make goals and start new things at any moment in your life. Usually, 35% of people who make a New year’s resolution break them by the end of January and only 23% of people carry out their resolutions for the whole year. Making a resolution every month and executing it, is much better. Are you one of that 23%? Do let us know in the comments section of the COMA newsletter.
Hello from COMA EC team 2020,
Many thanks for letting us bring joy to you. This year we promise to work towards making us more stronger and closer, bring fun-filled gatherings to you. Of course nothing of which would be possible without the tremendous support and the community spirit from each one of you.
We also request every one of you to purchase your membership , which is our working capital to progress and maintain a place where we can re-invent & our kids can invent their Malayalee identity.
We would like to take this opportunity to kick off this year’s events with a bash with our first event “COMAngam 2020”, on 29th of February.We are hoping to create some good memories on a date which comes once in 4 years. The venue of the event will be DCRC. The event will follow the popular format of having teams among us. This time there will 2 teams each lead by 2 captains. We encourage everyone to reach out on firstname.lastname@example.org to get included in the team.Watch out for the registration opening notification on COMA’s social handles.We are thrilled to see you all there.
Introducing the new Newsletter team
She is from Trivandrum and live in Powell with her husband Sanjay , daughter Saanvi and son Saatvik. She is very excited to be a part of newsletter team this year and would like to take this opportunity to connect with the community in creative and fun ways and hopefully provide valuable content along the way.
Nithya & Sreejith Menon
They both landed in the US in 2011 & made Columbus their home since then. They originally hail from Palakkad and Thrissur districts. They have two kids – Shriya and Pranav.
He is from Cochin and has been living in Columbus since 2011. Currently lives in Powell with his wife Ramya, daughter Sahana and son Saanav. He loves listening to songs, watching movies and playing cricket, tennis and ping pong.
Daughter of Sudheesh and Lekshmi is a 6th grader at John Sells Middle School. She has lived with her parents and her brother, Gautham in Dublin since 2016. Her hobbies are reading, writing and playing with her brother.
We have some new volunteers for Malayalam classes
She is a Master’s degree holder in Software Engineering from TKM Institute of Technology & Science.She was working as an Assistant Professor at the department of Computer Scinece at MBITS college Kothamangalam for 4.5 years before coming to the USA .
Veena is from Aluva, Ernakulam. She completed her Masters in Malayalam from Mahatma Gandhi university and was working as teacher in Christava Mahilalayam public school till mid 2017 before moving to Columbus. She is living in Brittonwoods Dublin with her husband Binoop and two sons Devarsh & Aaarush. She loves reading, cooking, hanging out with friends & family and watching movies.
Volunteers for our Meals On Wheels
January 26,2020 Thomas Pullumpallil,Reuben Varughese,Shome Thomas,Rianna Shome
January 12,2020 Nish Nishant, Pradeesh, Anoop Nair
December 22,2019 Joseph Abraham, Nancy Joseph, Joshua Abraham, Rachael Abraham
December 8,2019 Valsan Palika, Gopi Haridass, Maya Achen
November 24,2019 Nish Nishant, Austin Pereira, Ceby Philip
November 10,2019 Sunil Balkrishnan, Jerry Zachariah, Vipin Nair
Your dedication and compassion should be well praised!
Shantha Gopalakrishnan, 75, wife of P.G.Gopalakrishnan, former chairman of Institute of Engineers (India) died in Kochin on January 8th 2020. She belonged to the Kettidathil family, Mayyanad, Kollam. She is survived by son Vikas Gopal (Columbus Ohio), daughter-in-law Arati Krishna, and grandchildren Varun Gopal and Karun Gopal.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to the grieving family . Please keep them in your prayers.
We hope all of you had a great kick start to this New Year with new hopes and resolutions which we all look forward to. To quote a famous author “In inner life it’s just one revolution which matters which is to move unwillingness to willingness”. We wish you all the very best in fulfilling your dreams and reaching your miles stones in 2019.
Message from 2019 COMA EC Team
2019 EC team is looking forward to serving you this year. Our goal for 2019 is to continue the growth of COMA with major focus on having fun, being active, giving back to the community, empowering youth, provide socializing opportunities and welcoming new members to the community. We are planning a number of exciting events this year and hoping to have all of your support to make it another memorable year for COMA.
We are very excited to kick off 2019 with a fun filled event ‘Oru Adipoli Night’ on Saturday, February 23rd at DCRC. This event is based on a competition between teams over several fun categories. In addition we are planning to have some interactive games for kids and adults. Registration for this event is now open. The earlier you sign up, the more fun it will be for you as you get to be part of a team and prepare. We hope that you and family will join us on Feb 23rd to have fun, meet your friends and make new ones!
We moved from St Louis to Columbus in late 2011, since then we have been part of the COMA family and enjoyed all events hosted by COMA. We are very grateful to be part of the community and will be the newsletter editors for COMA this year. We are looking forward for your support and inputs.
I am settled in Columbus since 2001 and currently lives in Powell with my two boys Adithya (Freshman in OSU) and Arvind (Sophomore in Olentangy Liberty) and Maximus, 5 year old German Shepherd and the love of our lives. I work for Nationwide Insurance and have been with COMA family since 2001 even before it officially became COMA. I am very grateful to be part of this wonderful group of friends who have become family over the years. I have been at the receiving end of the kindness and empathy of this group and have seen how everyone comes together as one solid family in the face of crisis. I hope to continue to be part of this group into the future.
COMA Christmas 2018
In 2018, COMA events ended with a spectacular Christmas event on December 8th 2018 at McCoy Center, Hilliard. A huge thank you to everyone who attended this holiday party to make it a special one indeed. We had beautiful Christmas carols rendered by the very talented musicians from OMCC, spectacular dance performances by our very own COMA members, a traditional Margam Kali performance , a heart-warming nativity skit by sweet little children from Syro Malabar Church and a nice presentation and malayalam song by Malayalam class students. The night came to an end with everyone on the dance floor showing their awesome moves!
Get your tickets for the upcoming event “Oru Adipoli Night” soon. Since the seating for this event is limited, ticketing will be closed as soon as it is sold out. Remember to get your membership before taking tickets to be part of a lucky draw and avail the membership pricing for this event and all future events. Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”, quoted by Roy T. Bennett, author of The Light in the Heart. For many of us, it is hard to step into a role where all eyes are on us. But we decided it was time to break out of our comfort zone and take on this new role of leadership. Our favorite event this year by far has been our youth led YWCA event. The two of us called into YWCA to check their availability, planned the menu out for the breakfast, and ordered all the food for that day. It gave us an experience of how to deal with people in the real world and it made us see how much effort gets put into making meals for someone else. On the day of the event, we each played our part and worked as a team to serve 150 people.
Moreover having this role, taught us what it means to be a part of a team. A lot of the activities behind the scenes required a hardworking group of people. We learned how much effort goes into organizing events and the importance of communication among all members of the team. From working at the front desk to helping decorate venues, they really gave their time to all of the events. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to help our community the way we do today. Through these events, we learned to work stronger as a unit and we hope to strengthen this idea with the upcoming youth.
Overall, we are grateful for this experience. We were glad to give back to our Malayalee community and gain something back in the process. Speaking from personal experience, the Youth Wing has had a lasting impact on us and the valuable leadership and team building experiences that we gained from being a part of this has been incredible. – Aishwarya Arun and Megha Rajesh
COMA Youth Wing Committee
Anju Anilkumar – President
Hi, my name is Anju Anilkumar and I am this years Youth Wing President. I am currently a junior at Olentangy Orange High School. This is my third year as an active participant in COMA, and I feel so welcome! Music is my most loved hobby. I love to sing and dance. I am in school choir and the Columbus Children’s International Choir. I also have learned indian classical Carnatic music since I was five. I am looking forward to all the beautiful events that will take place this year. It’s a honor to be apart of such an organized and loving association.
Neelima Gopinath – Vice President
My name is Neelima Gopinath and I am 16 years old. I am a Junior at Thomas Worthington High School. I was born in Ohio and have been living in Columbus since 2004. My family and I have been part of COMA for as long as I remember and I always enjoy taking part in all of the programs and activities. I enjoy watching Indian movies and cooking and trying new foods. I have been learning Bharatanatyam and playing the violin since I was young. I’m very excited to be this year’s Youth Wing Vice President, I hope to do a lot to support and improve the community with my peers.
In this edition of new letter some of our members have graciously offered to share some of their creations. Let us explore what they have in stock here.
“Blossoming hopes of 2019” by Krishna Nimil
“A simple flower cake , orange flavored cake with “Swiss Meringue Buttercream” and used Russian piping technique for the buttercream flowers. I am a self-taught baker. What keeps me pushing forward is my love for baking. I failed too many times and I stood up as well, trying to correct it. Every cake that I baked, bad or good, it all had my passion and love for baking.”
Eggplant curry recipe by Pradip Ramachandran
Pradip calls this as a very “different eggplant curry” which requires a few “unexpected” ingredients that gives a slightly unusual flavor twist to please your palate. The goal is to have a balance blend of heat, sourness and sweetness.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
One large Eggplant cut into small pieces , you can peel the skin off based on personal choice
Salt to taste
Four table spoons of oil
For tempering one tea spoon mustard seed and two teaspoon of channa daal
One small onion chopped,
One tea spoon ginger paste
One tea spoon garlic paste.
Two tablespoon of sambar mix which contains following ingredients corainder, chilli, turmeric, fenugreek and asafoetida. (this can be substituted with four teaspoons of coriander powder , one teaspoon of chilli powder , one teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of fenugreek and asafoetida powders ).
One teaspoon of cumin powder.
Half cup crushed tomato.
Three to five tablespoons of vinegar ( use as needed , this provides sourness along with tomato).
One half to two teaspoon sugar to provide little sweetness to the dish .
Two tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter to provide a creamy texture.
Two teaspoons of crushed kasoori methi.
Two table spoons of chopped cilantro.
Now that you got all the ingredients let us get to work here.
Heat oil in pan splutter mustard seeds add channa and cook until slightly brown.
Add onion and saute for three to four minutes until the mix is translucent.
Add ginger and garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes..
Add washed and drained eggplant , then add salt and stir well . Cook for 8-10 minutes covered on low flame until eggplant is soft and mushy . Please note that no water is needed .
Now you can add all the items in group 3 and cook for another 8-10 minutes until the mixture starts thickening and all the spices have cooked thoroughly.
Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with Roti , Naan , Chappathi or any other Indian bread.
We are getting ready for the final event of C.O.M.A 10th Anniversary Celebrations!
Preparation for Christmas this Saturday is in full swing. Registration for the event is closed; we have more than 250 guests registered to attend the event. Everything you need to know about the event is listed below! Come and join us for celebrations & C.O.M.A 10 year anniversary Finale!!
Can’t believe the year is coming to an end so soon! We feel like we just took over at EC for 2018 not long ago! What an eventful year it has been; we went from height of excitement in May with the mega musical event of Chitra to the despair and helplessness with devastating floods in Kerala in August!
We have tried our best to make this a memorable 10th anniversary year for C.O.M.A by conducting a variety of events to suite the tastes of everyone in the community. We started with a small gathering for bowling in January, celebrated Valentines Day in Feb, organized community 5K Run in April. As we heard feedback from several participants on fitness and their interest in joining a regular activity, we started ‘Active C.O.M.A’ and organized morning walks on Saturdays in several different parks and trails!
After the mega musical event, which drained most of us, we had a magical evening with Dr Gopinath Muthukad where he displayed his magical prowess and also discussed about his dream project to support differently-abled children with his dream project ‘Magic World’. This was followed with the Picnic in July. The flood disaster stuck Kerala while we were almost set for celebrating Onam. The plight of our brethren has shifted our focus on supporting the flood relief efforts, rather than celebrating. We were able to collect more than $43,000 and donate to Kerala CM’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Halloween costume competition was a fun event for kids and adults alike, towards the end of October! We had several kids (and a few adults) in variety of costumes showing off!
That was a quick summer wasn’t? Year’s most beautiful season is here and we are just loving this great fall weather. Can you believe we are in the last quarter of 2018? Time surely does fly! COMA EC team is eager to finish the year with a bang. So wait till you hear what we have in store. 😉
A BIG THANK YOU!!!
Kerala Flood Relief Donations: As communicated in the previous newsletter, the support we received from our Malayalee Community and other Indian Communities in Central Ohio to our Fund for supporting flood relief efforts in Kerala was overwhelming. With your generous donations, our target of 25K was achieved in two days! The executive committee and trustee board of C.O.M.A cannot thank you enough for all the support we received.We have sent $43,571.38 till date to CMDRF.
The following Organizations/Business also has contributed to C.O.M.A for our flood relief efforts:
COBCA – Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Association celebrates the Legends!!!!
Retro to Metro
A Magical Musical Journey for the benefit of Special Olympics, Ohio!
6:00 PM, Saturday Sep 15th, Weigel Hall, OSU School of Music
Arnab Chakraborty (of Wada Raha fame and winner of K for Kishore) is back in Columbus once again with Shirsha who will take us on a beautiful musical journey. If you love the evergreen music of Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore, Hemant Kumar, Lata, Asha, S.D., R. D. and the brilliance of current musical geniuses like A.R. Rehman, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, Pritam, Arijit Singh, Shreya, Sunidhi, and many more, come enjoy this evening of pure nostalgia and bliss, as we celebrate The Legends of Indian film music.
Our goal is to help the Columbus community and the people. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics, Ohio.
Come have a fantastic time and help make a difference!!!!
Several people have lost their lives in the last few weeks due to the incessant rain and floods in Kerala. Thousands are rendered homeless, and most of Kerala is still under heavy rain with several parts flooded. The rainfall has reduced in since Sunday and water is receding from most of the affected areas. Army, IAF, Navy, NDRF, Coast Guard and the Fire Force along with the state police have mounted joint rescue and relief operations.
Central Ohio Malayalee Association is raising funds to support the relief efforts. We kicked off this campaign with a contribution of $1000 from long time C.O.M.A patron Venu Nair! We are grateful for his magnanimous support! The association is adding $2000 from our reserves. We request you to contribute generously to help our extended family to recover from the tragedy! The funds collected will be sent to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).