May 14-21, 2008. This was my second time to Columbus. Considering the fact that Dilip’s brother Deepu and sister-in-law Neena are in Columbus and my sister Emy and her family recently shifted to Columbus, I doubt if this will be my last time.
Last year, I was there in early June. Columbus was a boiling pot. The heat made sitting indoors, a better proposition. Dilip’s parents were visiting from India last summer and we all drove to the Niagara Falls.
This time, my mother was visiting from India and so I flew over to Columbus as soon as my 3rd semester Finals got over. The weather was definitely cooler. Maybe a little chilly too at times.
I had great 1 week in Columbus, relaxing with my sister’s kids- 4 year old Mathew and 8 month old Neha. They live in a lovely housing complex in Dublin near Ohio. The locality was very green and cooling for an evening walk, with a huge center lake with ducks and geese. Of course, amma’s and Emy’s cooking and pampering was the icing. Mall hopping with Neena chechi and lazily hanging around at their place was fun as I put away all my mental to-do lists and other worries to simply chat on and on.
One fine Saturday, a lot of my engineering college batch mates in the area (from Michigan, NY and Kentucky) got together at CedarPoint in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point is a 360 acre amusement park jutting out into Lake Erie (one of the Great Lakes in Northern Ohio), that holds the world record for the most number of roller coasters. Some of the roller-coasters hold records for being the fastest, highest and steepest in the world! I am not a roller-coaster enthusiast like Dilip. In fact, I am moderately terrified. Yet, I loved this place and would highly recommend it. There could not have been a better hangout for us college-mates. The only spoilsports were long queues for the rides and google maps which gave us some bizarre driving directions from Columbus. We had to get directiond the Indian way – stop and ask people along the route.
The night before I left Columbus, my hostel-mate from engineering college days, Elizabeth Augustine, invited another hostel mate Sindhu and me to a delicious dinner at her place. Met Eli’s husband Aneesh and Sindhu’s husband Jay for the first time.