Housing Society Events – How to Choose an Idol for Ganesh Chaturthi

With the joyous festival of Ganesh Chaturthi right around the corner, housing society residents would have started making arrangements for the celebration of this auspicious festival, which is greeted with much grandeur. Although this festival will be celebrated individually in all houses, arrangements can be made in a housing society to organize a major event centered on the festival.Choosing an Idol for Ganesh Chaturthi

One of the major tasks involved in planning out this festival is selecting the perfect idol of Lord Ganesh. The residents in a housing society can select a huge idol in order to offer their prayers together as a community, other than the small ones they buy personally.

Here are some simple pointers which housing society residents must keep in mind while selecting an idol.

  • Book the Idol in Advance

It isn’t an easy task to shop for idols just a day or two before Ganesh Chaturthi. Booking an idol before hand is extremely important. Most people tend to book their idols on the day of Janmashtami as a reminder or at least 10-15 days before the festival, so ensure that you book your idol way in advance. Did not book it yet? Never mind – its never too late for a good thing. Read the rest of the article and book the idol right away!

  • Buy Only Clay or Mud Idols

The housing society management must ensure that the idols that their residents buy are made up of biodegradable clay, which easily dissolves when immersed into the sea.

More often than not, Plaster of Paris and other toxic chemicals are used to make the idols, which can have adverse effects on the marine ecosystem. In order to maintain a green housing society, this rule must be enforced.

  • Choose the Right Size

Ganesh idols are available in an array of sizes and this makes it difficult to choose the ideal one. Since the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations held at a housing society would normally cater to a large number of people, it would be practical to choose an idol which is approximately 10-15 feet high.

Smaller idols can be chosen for personal purposes in every home. The main idol should be properly transported into the housing society, though, without any damages.

  • Choose a Seated Idol

This is an extremely important tip that the management should note while choosing a Ganesh idol. When a standing idol is installed in a particular place over a period of 10 days, there is a high chance that cracking may occur due to the heavy weight borne. For this reason, it’s more practical to choose a seated idol.

  • Opt for Natural Colors

For environmental reasons, the housing society management should opt for and promote Ganesh idols that are not painted with toxic paints and dyes. Instead, natural coloring substances such as turmeric and vermillion can be used to give the idol some color.

  • Purchase the Decorative Items

The housing society management must remember to purchase decoration material for the idol in advance. In order to save money, the decorations can be purchased from a wholesaler. It is important to purchase the material only after buying the idol, as the size plays a vital role.

Ideally, the materials should be purchased a week before Ganesh Chaturthi. Plastic decorative items should be strictly avoided for use during the celebrations. Instead, cloth, paper and wood items can be used as alternatives in order to avoid environmental hazards during the immersion of the idol.

These are some simple yet vital pointers which housing society residents should keep in mind while selecting an idol for the vibrant festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. These tips will help the management ensure that all residents enjoy the festivities to the fullest, while setting an example of being environmentally conscious citizens.


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ApnaComplex is India’s most comprehensive web based housing society accounting, management and communication software. It is designed to make the life of residents and owners a lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out the features of ApnaComplex and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer a free 30-day trial as well so that you can try before you buy!

Dream Meadows, Bangalore Live on ApnaComplex!

We welcome the owners and residents of Dream Meadows, a beautiful private layout consisting of 246 plots in the Brookefields area of Bangalore to the ApnaComplex family.

As a Treasurer of our Association with no accounting knowledge I find maintaining accounts is pretty simple with ApnaComplex
What is most pleasing for us is that managing committee of Dream Meadows did very thorough evaluation of various softwares and finalized ApnaComplex.

Mr. Sivaram, Treasurer of Dream Meadows Owners Association, wrote to us on the occassion of going live and has following to say about ApnaComplex:
“Thank you very much for your support in Dream Meadows going live on ApnaComplex in less than 3 weeks. The three best things that we have found with ApnaComplex are:

  1. Pricing : Is reasonable for the features provided compared to other counterparts.
  2. Service : Is marvelous and with very low response time.
  3. Features: Rich and impressive set of features.


We could go live in less than 3 weeks and your support in achieving this is FANTASTIC.

Thanks for taking the feedback on the existing functionality and your readiness to implement the same in to the Application.

Some of the functionality like Discussion Forum, Notice Board with SMS facility are very much helpful to the owners stationed out of Bangalore.

As a committee member, Action Item Tracker with reminder service and Complaint Tracker are really good and pretty much helpful.

I, as a Treasurer of our Association with no accounting knowledge find maintaining accounts (Member maintenance charges, Non-Member Charges) pretty much simpler with ApnaComplex.

Thank You ApnaComplex Team for the great support we received from you to help us go live and will definitely recommend your services to my known contatcts.

Hoping to have to have the same kind of support in future too!!!!”

Thank you Mr. Sivaram for your kind words!


Indian Flag Code – Hoisting The Tricolour In Your Apartment Complex

Come Republic Day or Independence Day, the members of every apartment complex will organize an Indian flag hoisting ceremony – Here’s a brief synopsis of the Indian flag hoisting rules so that you celebrate the day the “right” way!

The Need

It’s important to be aware of the Indian flag hoisting rules purely because the Indian flag is a national symbol and the government has laid down certain instructions for its proper display.

The managing committee in any apartment complex should take up the responsibility of ensuring that all these instructions are fully followed.

Apart from the managing committee, it is also essential for every resident in the apartment complex to be aware of these rules so that no misuse occurs, either deliberately or by accident.

What The Laws State

The Indian Flag Code specifies the dimensions of the flag and how it should be constructed. This is a measure taken to ensure that the flags used everywhere are similar in their design and size.

The Construction

  • The Indian flag should be a perfect rectangle, with a ratio of 3:2 between the length and the width.
  • It should be made of handspun khadi, or of cotton, silk or wool.
  • The flag should be split into three equal panels – a saffron panel at the top, a white panel in the middle and a green panel at the bottom, thus constituting the tricolor.
  • A navy blue Ashoka Chakra should adorn the centre of the white panel, with 24 spokes that are equally spaced.
  • The flag’s size should be one among these: 150×100, 225×150, 450×300, 900×600, 1350×900, 1800×1200, 2700×1800, 3600×2400, and 6300×4200 (in mm).

Hoisting the Indian flag in Your Apartment Complex

Notice the equally spaced spokes in the Chakra.. that’s important!

The Indian flag hoisting rules also cover instances of the flag’s misuse and specify the proper procedure through which the flag should be hoisted.

  • The national flag should not be used to cover any building or vehicle (including aircrafts, road vehicles and boats).
  • During an Indian flag hoisting ceremony, the saffron panel should always be on top. The flag should never be hoisted upside down.
  • The Indian flag should hold no lettering or inscriptions of any kind, and it should never touch the ground or trail in water.
  • The National Flag should not be used for covering any speaker’s desk, platform or monument.
  • There should be no emblem or flag to the national flag’s right, or above the national flag.
  • In a procession where there are other flags involved, the Indian flag should either be carried on the marching right, or up front, ahead of the central line.
  • The flag should never be flown at half mast, unless the government specifically demands that it should be.
  • There should be no other flags in the same masthead in which the Indian flag is hoisted.
  • Paper flags can be used during days of national importance. However, these paper flags should not be thrown on the ground after their use in public and they should be disposed of in a dignified manner, privately.
  • A damaged flag should never be displayed, and such flags can be privately disposed by burning.
  • The national anthem should be sung once people salute the flag. It’s important to follow the etiquette specified for the national anthem as well.
  • It is common practice in functions to allow the national flag to hold flower petals. Although this is an accepted practice, the Indian flag code prevents the use of any confetti or decorative materials other than flower petals.

The Apartment managing committee can take things a step further by printing out such rules (that many people are bound to be unaware of) and giving all residents a copy, so that they follow the same. It’s a great way to educate the public on the Indian flag and the national pride that it represents.


This article aims at collating and providing information for benefit of ApnaComplex customers and blog readers. While ApnaComplex has taken every care to ensure the information is accurate, we suggest to please use it only as a guidance for further discussion and action with help of relevant professionals. If you need professional advise on this topic and any other property related matters, please send your request through our contact us form. You may post your questions/inputs in the Comments section below and we will try and get them answered through relevant subject matter experts.


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ApnaComplex is India’s most comprehensive web based housing society accounting, management and communication software. It is designed to make the life of residents and owners a lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out the features of ApnaComplex and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer a free 30-day trial as well so that you can try before you buy!

SJR Spencer Apartments Live On ApnaComplex!

We welcome the owners and residents of SJR Spencer, a premier apartment complex located at Marathahalli – Outer Ring Road junction, Bangalore to the ApnaComplex family. The managing committee of this 133 flats complex, has chosen ApnaComplex after a detailed evaluation and comparison with other software.

Writing to us on the occasion of going live, Mr. Amish Shah, Treasurer of SJR Spencer has following to say –

ApnaComplex is the best Society Accounting Software“SJR Spencer has chosen ApnaComplex portal for the better management of entire community of residents. ApnaComplex was chosen after good amount of due diligence with different software vendors. The prime reasons for selecting Apnacomplex are:

  • The personal commitment & support provided by the ApnaComplex team
  • Easy User Interface
  • Easy adaptability by Support team to include required features based on our own requirements.
  • Cost – definitely was one of the major factor in our decision making

We are really looking forward to very healthy relationship with Apnacomplex in future and would certainly like to see that community of residents benefits a lot from this association.”

Thank you Mr. Amish for your words and look forward to serve SJR Spencer-ites.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex – Today!
ApnaComplex is India’s most comprehensive web based housing society accounting, management and communication software. It is designed to make the life of residents and owners a lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out the features of ApnaComplex and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer a free 30-day trail as well so that you can try before you buy!


Temple Tree Apartments Goes Live on ApnaComplex!

We warmly welcome all owners and residents of  Temple Tree Apartments, an apartment complex in Ulsoor area of Bangalore, on to ApnaComplex Portal.  The Temple Tree Apartment Owners Association were using another apartment management software earlier that was not able to meet thier needs and hence did a through evaluation and zeroed in on ApnaComplex. Mr. Rajiv Babu, Committee Member of Temple Tree Apartment Owners Association has the following to say on the this occasion:
ApnaComplex is the best Accounting and Management Software for any Housing Society

ApnaComplex is the best Accounting and Management Software for any Housing Society

“As an apartment community, we needed various tools for effective functioning. This included communication tools, accounting tools, issue filing systems and a whole lot of other systems. Initially our apartment complex was setup on another apartment management software, but we had serious issues in maintaining accounting information.

Over time, this became really cumbersome as multiple accounts were being maintained in excel and other systems. We wanted one system which could handle all the accounting and also circulate information to all members. ApnaComplex had a unique feature in that we found it to be the only apartment management system which supported double entry accounting.

While we are still setting up our accounts, we envisage it now becoming like bank accounts with detailed statements, receipts, transaction history and all sensitive information under one roof. All this seems to come at a very reasonable price making it a really worthy investment. We hope using this tool, the whole management experience would become very professional rivaling corporate setups.

Thank you Mr. Rajiv and TTAOA for your nice words. We look forward to serve Temple Tree Apartments.


Sobha Althea and Azalea Complex Goes Live on ApnaComplex!

Sobha Althea and Azalea – a premium residential property in Yelahanka, Bangalore has gone live this week on ApnaComplex.  The society of this 176 flats + 26 villas complex, has chosen ApnaComplex after a detailed evaluation and comparison with other software.

Writing to us on this occasion, Mr. Kannan, President of Sobha Althea and Azalea Apartment Owners Association has the following to say –

ApnaComplex - Right Choice for every gated community

ApnaComplex - Right Choice of every gated community

“We evaluated several options for managing our Association – Sobha Althea and Azalea Apartment Owners Association and zeroed in on Apna Complex.

Some of the key factors that went in favour of Apna Complex were the ease of operating the portal, the quality of thought that has gone into designing the portal, the clarity & level of commitment of the ApnaComplex team in ensuring continuous updation and modernisation of the portal taking into account individual customisation requirements.

The portal is quite comprehensive for managing the day to day running of an Apartment Complex at a reasonable cost. The on-boarding is fast and our experience in setting up the database for our complex was very smooth and easy. We wish Apna Complex all the luck in expanding their base.”

Thank you Mr. Kannan Viswanathan and Mr. N.K. Balasubramanian of SAAAOA for the nice words and we look forward to serve Althea and Azalea complex!


ApnaComplex offers impressive set of functionality and reports

Citilights Liberty – a complex on Outer Ring Road on Bangalore has been using ApnaComplex for past 6 months. Mr. Ram Bhagawat, President of Citilights Liberty Owners Association says –

“Our association is leveraging ApnaComplex as tool to get organized, apply systemic approach to manage our finance, engage with community members and mitigate legal risk. ApnaComplex offers impressive set of functionality and reports that meets most of our needs.”

Thank you Mr. Ram!


What Apartment Owners Association Rules State About Running Small Businesses From Home

If you have a potential business idea or service that you want to try out in mind, it is always wise to consult the managing committee in your apartment association well in advance. Having a small chat with the managing committee members of your apartment association can set a lot of things straight and can help you learn more about the rules and regulations involved with running a business from your flat in the apartment complex.

The Rising Trend

Workspaces are now shifting, and people no longer have to necessarily work from offices. With the advent of the internet, people can work from home with the help of a constant internet connection. Freelancers are popping up everywhere, and this is slowly turning out to be the latest mantra.

It’s likely that many people are continuing to work from home without any idea about the regulations or rules that they may be breaking. This is not a wise move, as this may turn out to be a problem sooner or later when other residents start noticing the general happenings.

Setting up home office can be tricky

Setting up home office can be tricky

So where do apartment complexes in India stand when it comes to using residential houses for commercial purposes?

The answer for this question depends on the type of business carried out. Every apartment association may have a different take on the same issue. In an overall view, using a residential apartment for business use is strictly prohibited, regardless of whether the business is conducted by the members of the household, or by a third party. The general laws state that residential units can be put to commercial use in a scale of 20%.

Do apartment association bodies have byelaws that pertain to this scenario?

Any apartment association worth its salt will have regulations that cite such instances. However, the laws state that a residential unit should not be put to ‘commercial use’. Not all jobs fall under this broad category, and this is exactly why you should consult the members of your apartment association and ask them for their views.

Commercial activities are defined as activities that involve the purchase, production and sale of physical goods, as per the law. Any kind of service provided does not fall under this category, and if that’s what you’re looking to do – your apartment association can give you the go-ahead.

Providing Services

Commercial activities are not allowed in a residential complex by the apartment association mainly because of security concerns. Your neighbors will obviously be annoyed if people keep visiting your house in noisy packs, by parking their vehicles in spaces that are purely meant for residents.

If you’re planning on providing services that are not commercial in nature, like Yoga classes, then you can talk to the managing committee in your apartment association and get the committee’s approval. You can also provide tuitions for school or college students, and other services like arts classes, dance classes and painting classes, provided your services do not interrupt the daily lives of your neighbors.


ApnaComplex is a web based apartment management software. It is designed to make the life of residents and owners a lot better by brining in more transaparency and accountability in manging the complex. Sign up your complex today and get the benefits!


This article aims at collating and providing information for benefit of ApnaComplex customers and blog readers. While ApnaComplex has taken every care to ensure the information is accurate, we suggest to please use it only as a guidance for further discussion and action with help of relevant professionals. If you need professional advise on this topic and any other property related matters, please send your request through our contact us form. You may post your questions/inputs in the Comments section below and we will try and get them answered through relevant subject matter experts.


Apartment Owners Association Bye Laws – The Basic Bye Laws For Each Apartment Association

Apart from the deeds and declarations involved in buying an apartment, there are also many bye laws that you will need to be aware of. These bye laws will govern every property’s administration and a copy of these bye laws will always be attached to the Declaration statement. You will need to know the content of these bye laws before buying your apartment, just to be on the safer side.

You will also find it easier to communicate the legal aspects with your real estate lawyer if you’re aware of these bye laws and their contents.

One major aspect of these bye laws is that these cannot be modified or tweaked with, under any circumstance. In order to modify a few bye laws for practical purposes, they should be placed as an amendment along with the Declaration. Only persons with authority will be authorized to fill up such an amendment.

What Bye Laws Are

These bye laws will be mainly responsible for governing the activities of the managing committee. While deeds and declarations will be part of the legal processes associated with obtaining an apartment, bye laws will be more focused towards the managing committee in an apartment complex and how members are initiated and expelled from the same. This is why it is mandatory to have some sound knowledge on these issues in order to exercise your rights to the fullest.

Knowing All Bye Laws Can Be Helpful

Knowing All Bye Laws Can Be Helpful

 

What They Involve

  • Bye laws for apartment complexes will be mainly concerned with the following issues:
  • Bye laws will apply to the method through which the Board of Managers or the Managing Committee in an apartment complex is elected. This is the main area where these laws are applicable. Bye laws will clearly cover the following aspects under the subject of the Managing Committee
    • The strength of the committee (that is, the number of members the committee can/should have)
    • The term that each member in a particular position in the committee can serve
    • The methods involved in the initiation and removal of members of the board
    • The collective powers that the members of the board possess
    • The collective list of duties for all members of the board
    • The bye laws will also specify the conditions under which the services of a secretary can be engaged in the apartment association. They will also specify the powers that any individual acting as secretary in the apartment association will have.
    • The bye laws will specify the method through which a Secretary can be appointed or elected. The Secretary’s main duty under the bye laws has been specified as ‘maintaining the resolutions and minutes of every meeting’.
    • The same details as mentioned above will also be specified for the Treasurer’s post.
    • Bye laws will also cover the procedure for appointing and relieving maintenance personnel.
    • The bye laws also clearly state the conditions under which every resident should use the public spaces in an apartment complex, without interfering with the activities or privacy of other residents.  

These laws can help you get a fair understanding on the rights you hold as a member of the apartment association. They will also help you exercise your rights regularly and in the right manner.


Related Post: Bye Laws: The Constitution of your Apartment Association


This article aims at collating and providing information for benefit of ApnaComplex customers and blog readers. While ApnaComplex has taken every care to ensure the information is accurate, we suggest to please use it only as a guidance for further discussion and action with help of relevant professionals. If you need professional advise on this topic and any other property related matters, please send your request through our contact us form. You may post your questions/inputs in the Comments section below and we will try and get them answered through relevant subject matter experts.