A Nutritionist Explains Why Nutrition Is Important For Good Health

ApnaComplex is conducting a series of webinars in partnership with The Times of India. These webinars are exclusive only for members of societies using ApnaComplex. In these webinars, health experts speak on various health and wellness topics to increase awareness and impart knowledge.

ApnaComplex conducted another interesting and informative webinar session, which was presented by Ms. Niti Desai, a Consultant Nutritionist practicing in South Mumbai for over 20 years who spoke to us on The Importance of Nutrition.

Ms. Desai is attached to Cumballa Hill Hospital and Heart Institute for 17 years, after having worked in the UK. She has a Masters degree in Nutrition from the University of Bombay and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics from the Leeds Beckett University, UK, following which she was a state registered dietitian and gathered useful overseas experience in hospitals in the UK.

She has a rich and varied experience in the field of nutrition, having built an enviable client list of individuals that includes the country’s top industrialists, Bollywood stars and elite sportspersons. She has successfully motivated thousands of people to reach their nutritional goals.

The famous saying goes, ‘We are what we eat’ which means that it is important to eat good food to stay fit and healthy. And rightly said so, food plays a very important role in our lives; it provides nutrients which are needed for growth, energy, and performing all the important functions in the body, such as digesting food, breathing, and so on.

There are different types of nutrients, which are divided into micronutrients and macronutrients. Micronutrients, which include vitamins and minerals are needed only in small amounts and are required for the proper function of important protein and enzymes. And macronutrients include proteins, fats and carbohydrates, which are needed in large amounts. So, getting an adequate amount of nutrients from foods is vital to keep your body healthy and lower the risk of diseases.

However, most of us are not consuming an adequate amount of nutrients, mainly protein. Protein is the building blocks of the body. It helps to build and repair cells and tissues of the body. Protein is found in many foods, like eggs, legumes, meat, fish, poultry and dairy products.

Even though protein is a necessary macronutrient that the body needs, the Indian diet is said to be very low in protein and high in carbohydrates. Less intake of protein and high intake of carbs increase the risk of being obese or overweight which is then followed by a high incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Ms. Desai said that the Indian population doesn’t take sufficient amounts of protein and 93% of the population are unaware of the ideal protein requirements. So, how much protein do we need per day? 1 g protein per day for 1 kg body weight is ideal.

Ms. Desai suggests including protein-rich foods at every meal and replacing some carbs with protein-rich foods. You can do this by increasing the protein intake and reducing carb intake by adding ½ cup of thin dal + 3-4 rotis or 1 cup thick dal + 2 rotis to your meal.

Ms. Desai suggests including protein-rich foods at every meal and replacing some carbs with protein-rich foods. You can do this by increasing the protein intake and reducing carb intake by adding ½ cup of thin dal + 3-4 rotis or 1 cup thick dal + 2 rotis to your meal.

Here are some key highlights from the webinar:

  • What are the protein-rich foods?

Pulses/dals, milk, paneer, curd/buttermilk, eggs, amaranth, millets, poultry and meat are some excellent sources of protein.

  • Which foods should be avoided to prevent weight gain?

Avoid rice, suji, white bread, biscuits, noodles/pasta as they lack in essential nutrients and raise the blood sugar levels, which is a precursor to weight gain.

  • Which fruits should you eat in moderation?

Fruits are considered healthy and should be a part of your diet. However, fruits, such as banana, grapes, chikoo, custard apple, and mango should be consumed in moderation as they are high in sugar and calories.

  • How your plate should look like at each meal?

Half of the plate should be filled with vegetables and salads, ¼ of the plate should be filled with protein-rich foods, and just a little more of ¼ should be filled with carbohydrate-rich foods.

  • How to make your lunch or dinner healthy?
  • Add a bowl of dal and reduce the quantity of chapatti or rice.
  • Eat rajgira chapatti.
  • Consume chaas or yogurt after your meal.
  • What are some of the healthy dinner options to increase the intake of protein?

Missi roti, besan or moong dal chilla, khichdi/dalia, paneer paratha, paneer bhurji, and rajma/chana tikkis are some of the healthy dinner options.

  • Why should you avoid crash diet?

Crash diet is harmful to the body as it causes immediate weight gain and weight loss, hair fall, dry skin, vitamin and mineral deficiencies,

  • Are sweeteners safe to use?

Sucralose, aspartame and stevia are safe to use in moderate quantities. However, consuming excessive quantities of sweeteners causes a negative alteration in the gut microbiome and increases the craving for sweet foods.

  • What are the tips for using cooking oil?
  • Rotate oils
  • Use different oils for different dishes
  • Use blended oils
  • What is clean eating?

What are the tips for using cooking oil?Clean eating is all about consuming whole foods in its most natural state. Eat fresh foods which are free of pesticides and chemicals and seasonal foods which are grown locally.

Clean eating is all about consuming whole foods in its most natural state. Eat fresh foods which are free of pesticides and chemicals and seasonal foods which are grown locally.

Ms. Niti Desai shared some healthy eating tips during COVID-19, these include the following:

  • Increase protein intake
  • Cut down on processed foods
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water
  • Take sufficient amounts of vitamin D
  • Sleep 6-8 hours

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Importance Of Yoga During The Pandemic And Easy Yoga Asanas To Try

ApnaComplex is conducting a series of webinars in partnership with The Times of India. These webinars are exclusive only for members of societies using ApnaComplex. In these webinars, health experts speak on various health and wellness topics to increase awareness and impart knowledge.

In a webinar session conducted by ApnaComplex Dr. Hansaji Jayadeva, Director of The Yoga Institute, Mumbai and the President of International Board of Yoga and Senior Vice President Indian Yoga Association (IYA) spoke to us on Importance Of Yoga In Fighting The Pandemic. She is the leading face of householder yoga and has conducted over 1,00,000 theoretical and practical yoga sessions to date.

Yoga is a spiritual therapy that originated in India thousands of years ago. Yoga is called a spiritual therapy because it connects the mind and body. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ which means union, yoke, to join or to concentrate on one’s attention.

In the Western world, yoga is considered as a holistic approach to health and is classified by the National Institute of Health as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Yoga provides a number of mental and physical benefits, which includes lowering stress, promoting mental calmness, increasing self- confidence, reducing blood pressure, decreasing fatigue, improving blood circulation, reducing asthma and strengthening the immune system.

Practising yoga daily promotes endurance, strength, flexibility, and facilitates compassion and greater self-control, while bringing a sense of calmness and well-being.

Dr. Hansaji Jayadeva spoke about the importance of yoga and suggested some simple and easy yoga asanas that we should incorporate into our daily routine.

Here are some excerpts from the webinar:

  • How to boost immunity with yoga?

Immunity can be strengthened only through yoga because yoga is a holistic approach to life. Yoga keeps your body fit and flexible and handles the body and mind well. Practising yoga will generate balanced energy which is important for the functioning of the immune system. Regular practise of yoga asanas lowers the risk of chronic diseases and boosts the immune system.

  • What are the three fruits that are strongly recommended in yoga?

Coconut (Sriphala), banana (Kadali Phalam) and seasonal fruits (Rituphal) are strongly recommended in yoga and should be consumed during the day.

  • What is a proper diet to lead a healthy life?
  • Eat nuts for breakfast. You can consume 5-7 almonds that have been soaked overnight.
  • Consume dry fruits such as figs, dates, prunes and apricots.
  • Eat boiled groundnuts as it is rich in amino acids, fibre and antioxidants.
  • Drink lemon juice twice a day. Mix a spoonful of honey or jaggery to a glass of lemon juice.
  • Eat a variety of seasonal fruits during the day.
  • Eat vegetarian food.
  • If you are not hungry have liquids. Herbal tea such as ginger or lemongrass tea for breakfast, a glass of buttermilk for lunch, lemon juice in the evening, and soups, khichdi or dal for dinner.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • What are some easy yoga poses that you could practise during the day?

Yoga poses should be performed before having your meals or 2 hours after having your meals. These are some of the easy and simple yoga poses that you could try doing:

  • Stick pose (Yastikasana)
  • Hand to toe pose (Hasta Padangusthasana)
  • Wind-Relieving pose (Pavanamuktasana)
  • Gracious pose (Bhadrasana)
  • Mountain pose (Parvatasana)
  • Pranayam
  • Can you do forward bending exercise if you have back pain to strengthen the back muscles?

If your back pain is due to an accident or lifting weights you should avoid doing forward bending exercise and if you have normal back pain you can do the exercise.

The benefits of yoga are wonderful and once you start doing it you will feel a sense of calm and well-being. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your yoga mat and start practising the above-mentioned yoga asanas today.

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Impact Of COVID-19 On Mental Health And Tips For Coping

ApnaComplex is conducting a series of webinars in partnership with The Times of India. These webinars are exclusive only for members of societies using ApnaComplex. In these webinars, health experts speak on various health and wellness topics to increase awareness and impart knowledge.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives as our movements were restricted that forced us to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus. And as we were all cooped up in our homes, we have been facing with new realities of working from home, job losses, online classes, and limited socialising. All of this had a disastrous effect on our mental health which further gave rise to mental health problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, among others.

Several studies conducted by researchers showed that the major health problems reported were stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, anger, denial and fear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even COVID-19 related suicides have also been increasingly common.

Highlighting on the issues concerning mental health and creating awareness about mental health problems Ms. Arti Shroff, a Psychologist who has specialized in Clinical Psychology spoke to us on Mental Health During These Trying Times.

Here are some important questions answered by her during the webinar.

  • How has the pandemic affected people of different demographics?

Different demographics have been affected very differently. Due to the pandemic and the restrictions imposed, children have not been able to have a healthy discharge for all the enormous amounts of energy that they have and as the schools are closed children are struggling to adapt to the new form of online learning. This adjustment has caused an increase in anger issues and disobedience among children.

Also, increased screen time is giving rise to mobile addiction and doesn’t help in managing stress levels and contributes to disturbed sleep and agitation among children.

Parents should provide a very healthy and constructive outlet to their children by providing a structured routine to help manage their emotions and stress. Parents should keep their children engaged in household chores instead of them playing violent video games.

Highlighting on the issues concerning mental health and creating awareness about mental health problems Ms. Arti Shroff, a Psychologist who has specialized in Clinical Psychology spoke to us on Mental Health During These Trying Times.

  • How has the pandemic affected adults?

For adults, it is the biggest challenge as juggling between working from home and managing the household has become tough. And finding difficulty in coping with it gives rise to increased feelings of depression and anxiety.

On the contrary, older adults, as called the geriatric population have not been negatively affected with mental health problems as compared to other age groups.

  • Have there been any peculiar observations regarding mental health problems among people during the pandemic?

People have reported high stress levels, sleep disturbances, vivid bizarre colourful dreams and nightmares, which has been linked to underlying mental health problems like anxiety.

Ms. Arti Shroff advised getting a good night’s sleep for minimum 7-8 hours, using less screen time at night, avoiding any psychotropic substances like drugs or alcohol consumption as it can aggravate the condition of having disturbed sleep or nightmares.

  • Common myths of COVID-19 and mental health

Getting excessive information from various sources may not necessarily be accurate. And an overload of this information leads to anxiety, uncertainty, and poor decision-making.

One of the common myths of COVID-19 related mental health is using mental health terms like anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, OCD very broadly. It is important to properly differentiate between a mental health condition and what we are adjusting to in the current situation in terms of the necessity of taking up the precautions.

  • How to deal with suicidal behaviours during the pandemic?

High mortality rates and rise in covid cases can create a lot of trauma among people and this can trigger suicidal behaviours in individuals. Job losses, sudden changes in circumstances, increased feelings of uncertainty, increased isolation, lack of support and engagement are other factors that can also trigger suicidal behaviours.

Bullying, abuse, grief, illness, prolonged injury, and perceived public humiliation can also trigger suicide.

Identification and prevention is the key in managing individuals who are suicidal which is why it is important to have an open conversation about it to someone whom you can trust.

There are suicide helpline numbers that are 24/7 that provide free services and access to mental health professionals. It is important to seek immediate assistance from a mental health professional if you or someone you know is showing signs of suicidal behaviour.

  • What are the signs of suicidal behaviour?

Withdrawal, sudden aggressiveness, consuming drugs or alcohol, causing self harm and being impulsive are some of the behavioural signs. Feeling of worthlessness, hopeless, sad, depressed, anxious, angry and numb and in some rare cases, feeling very happy and relieved are also some signs of suicide.

Saying negative statements like ‘I don’t want to be here’, ‘Life is not worth living anymore’, ‘Nobody cares about me’, ‘How would it matter if I’m here’, ‘Soon my problems will be over’, or ‘The world is better off without me’ and talking about death are some signs of suicidal behaviour.

  • Ways to reduce stress and keep yourself calm

There are some ways to reduce stress and keep yourself calm, these include:

  • Relaxation techniques like listening to music and meditation help lower stress levels.
  • A healthy daytime routine which includes having meals on time and exercising daily can help regulate the body’s biological clock.
  • If you are having a lot of nightmares, think of a happy ending or use visual imagery for positive things like colours or elements of nature or people that you like.
  • Avoid alcohol and other addictive substances.

You may experience stress, fear, depression or anxiety during this pandemic. Ms. Arti Shroff has suggested some tips to help us cope through difficult emotions and also built our resilience towards problems.

Tips to follow to cope with the pandemic

  • Regular physical activity to help manage stress and uplift your mood.
  • Greater connectedness. Staying socially engaged can reduce the risk of being in a prolonged state of isolation as being in isolation increases the risk of several mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, among others.
  • Practising compassion and awareness to ourselves and others.
  • Create healthy boundaries.
  • Engage yourself in a hobby or leisure activity such as listening to music, cooking, etc.

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Stay safe. Stay happy


Expert Speaks On How To Co-exist With COVID-19

ApnaComplex is conducting a series of webinars in partnership with The Times of India. These webinars are exclusive only for members of Societies using ApnaComplex.

In these webinars, experts are speaking on important topics that focus on COVID-19. Since its advent in December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress, fear and panic among people. And as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom and the lockdown restrictions have been eased in some parts of the state, life has somewhat gone back to normal (the new normal).

While the numbers of coronavirus cases are declining, the risk of infection is still prevalent as we get back to our new normal life. So, in this live webinar, Dr. Shashank Joshi, an Indian endocrinologist, diabetologist and medical researcher spoke to us on “How to co-exist with COVID“, where he shared the precautions to take in our daily routine as we start moving out.

In the first segment of the webinar, Dr. Joshi spoke about the history of coronavirus and how it emerged as a global pandemic. He further explained the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19; coronavirus is the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. He also spoke about the symptoms of COVID-19 which includes dry cough, high fever, shortness of breath, lack of smell and taste, secretions from the nose and sore throat.

Dr. Joshi also spoke about how COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another. In fact, he mentioned that around 60-80% of people get coronavirus. He also stated that the different stages of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe and critical COVID.

Dr. Joshi has shared a list of lifestyle protocols that we should implement into our daily routine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Have your meals on time.
  • Eat a large breakfast, moderate lunch and light dinner.
  • Keep your body hydrated.
  • Eat your meal slowly.
  • Try to eat Sattvic food.
  • Stay physically active.
  • Try to get 7 hours of sleep; try to sleep between 9.30 p.m to 4.30 a.m or 10 p.m to 5 a.m.
  • Quit smoking and avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Stay positive and happy.

Dr. Joshi also spoke about the types of COVID-19 tests – RT-PCR test and antigen test. These tests will help in diagnosing the coronavirus infection in the body.

The post-recovery for COVID-19 includes taking utmost care of yourself, eating nutritious foods, doing yoga, pranayam and breathing exercises and staying connected with your doctor to help with the recovery process.

These are the key points shared by Dr. Joshi in the webinar:

  • To prevent from getting infected from coronavirus, wear a well- fitted mask that covers your nose and mouth properly and a zero power or a regular spectacle.
  • Choose a proper mask which will not allow you to blow a candle or you can’t see a bright light source through it. These are the signs of a good quality mask.
  • Wearing a mask is important as it puts you at a lower risk of contracting the virus even if you are in close contact with a COVID-19 infected person. The chances of contracting are less than .5%.
  • Maintain physical distancing.
  • Ensure proper hand hygiene which involves washing your hands with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your nose, mouth and eyes with your hands.
  • The highest transmission risk occurs when you are eating out so ensure that you maintain physical distancing.
  • In India due to COVID-19, the mortality rate is high among people who are above 50 years.
  • People with diabetes, hypertensive, heart disease, chronic lung, kidney and liver disease and organ transplant survivors are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • People who are undergoing chemotherapy and who are on steroids and immunosuppressant medications are at a higher risk too. Also, people with AIDS and congenital immunodeficiency disorders are more susceptible to get coronavirus.
  • Avoid crowded places and poorly ventilated rooms.
  • Homeopathic, allopathic and Ayurveda medicine will not prevent COVID-19.
  • Children are less susceptible to COVID-19.
  • Women are also less susceptible to COVID-19 because of the female hormone oestrogen.
  • Men are more vulnerable to COVID-19 as compared to women.

Here are some excerpts from the webinar:

  • What should you do if you think you have COVID-19?

Check your body temperature, monitor respiratory rate and pulse rate, monitor your blood pressure levels and monitor blood glucose levels to help determine if you have contracted COVID-19.

  • What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

Antiviral drugs, supportive care and prone positioning are some of the treatment options for patients with COVID-19.

  • Will you get immunity if you contract the virus?

If you get COVID-19, you will generate antibodies and after usually 3-6 months the antibodies will go away and you will get some immunity. However, this does not signify that you are immune to COVID-19.

  • What foods should you eat to help boost your immunity?

Consume Sattvic foods which can help boost your immunity as it consists of fresh fruits and vegetables and essential spices and herbs.

  • What are the atypical symptoms of COVID-19?

Diarrhoea, abdominal pain, lack of smell and taste are the atypical symptoms of COVID-19.

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ApnaComplex Webinar Recap: ‘Preventions & Precautions Against Coronavirus for Societies’

In an endeavor to assist managing committees of apartment societies during this lockdown, ApnaComplex has been organizing Expert Webinar Series on important topics related to coronavirus. The previous webinars were a huge success whose details you can find here, here and here.

The latest webinar in this series was conducted on 4th April 2020 in association with Elita Promenade Apartments (Bangalore), on the topic of ‘Preventions & Precautions Against Coronavirus for Societies’.

This 1-hour live webinar was presented by renowned Dr. Swati Rajagopal, Infectious Diseases Physician and Travel Medicine Expert at Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore. Dr. Rajagopal shared key facts and prevention advice on COVID-19, along with measures and guidelines that should be followed by apartment societies to avoid the spread of coronavirus. The second half of the session was dedicated to answering participant queries.

The session was attended by managing committee members from 100+ apartment societies across India, and was highly appreciated by everyone. We thank Dr. Rajagopal for taking the time to conduct this webinar, and to Mr. Tarak Desai of Elita Promenade for partnering with us in organizing this session.

To access the presentation shared during this session, please click here

Highlights of the key information shared in this webinar:

What precautions and preventative measures against COVID-19 should be taken within homes as well as in apartment societies?

A: At home:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water every couple of hours.
  • Sanitize all common surfaces (tables, telephones, etc.) with any standard disinfectant used at home.
  • Elderly people should not at all go outside as they are more susceptible to this infection.
  • In case of symptoms like cough and cold, get yourself tested at the earliest for correct diagnosis.

Within societies:

  • Every society resident must follow the lockdown protocols diligently and communicate with other society members only through virtual platforms like calls, messages, etc.
  • All deliveries should be collected at the gate and outside visitors shouldn’t enter the apartment complexes.

Is it true that Diabetes medicines reduce immunity against coronavirus and should be discontinued?

A: Absolutely not. In fact, people with conditions like diabetes and cardiac issues must continue their medications to keep their conditions in check and reduce the chances of infection.

What are the best practices for handling fruits & vegetables?

A: Fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed in warm water and dried properly before use. Also, ensure to wash your hands with soap both before and after cleaning the vegetables. If you cook/boil the vegetables adequately, there shouldn’t be any issues.

Is it safe to use milk bought from outside?

A: Milk is absolutely safe as long as it pasteurized/boiled before consumption. Also, our digestive juices will prevent any infection.

How should societies manage the collection of outside deliveries during this quarantine period?

A: Avoid cash-on-delivery and opt for cashless deliveries. The collection of deliveries should be done at the society gate in a structured way, where people come to pick their orders one after the other. Proper waste management practices should be followed in societies as well.

Can Hydroxychloroquine be used as preventive medicine against COVID-19?

A: There isn’t enough evidence yet whether Hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat COVID-19. It is used for certain diseases must be prescribed by a doctor before use since it has several side-effects and can also lead to cardiac deaths.


Webinar on ‘Managing Waste and Protecting Housekeeping Staff in Apartment Societies during Coronavirus Outbreak’

ApnaComplex has been conducting webinars connecting committee members of Apartment Societies across India on a common platform.  The first two webinars focused on ‘Securing Societies from coronavirus‘ from the point of view of a senior doctor at Apollo Clinic and RWA members of Elita Promenade, a prominent apartment in Bangalore. You can find the previous webinars here and here.

The third edition, conducted on 26th March, explored Managing Waste and Protecting Housekeeping Staff in Apartment Societies during Coronavirusand was hosted by Mr. Shekar Prabhakar, co-founder of Hasiru Dala Innovations, a company that is focused on creating better livelihoods for waste-pickers and enabling businesses that help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Mr. Prabhakar highlighted the fact that most of us focus on what comes inside our home and fail to focus on what goes outside our home. He argued that there is a possibility that we could be asymptomatic carriers of COVID19 and as responsible citizens, we should start worrying about what goes out of our home. This is especially true for those who are quarantined because of travel history or close contact with an infected case.

He advised all the masks, gloves, tissues and personal protective equipment to be wrapped in newspaper, marked with a red X and disposed in bin specific to domestic Hazardous/Rejects (red bin).  He also advised committee members to ensure housekeeping collect domestic rejects in yellow non-chlorinated garbage bags and do not handle the waste but directly transfer from your bin to bag.

In the second half of the session, committee members from various cities raised their problems and sought advice from the panelist and fellow RWA members from other societies. Check out the video shared above to know all about the intriguing problems each Society is facing related to waste management and about the solutions that were discussed.

The presentation shared during the Webinar: Link


Webinar on ‘Securing Societies from Corona : Best Practices Discussion led by Elita Promenade Apartments’

On 22nd March 2020, as India observed ‘Janata Curfew’, RWAs from Apartment Societies from across the country came together to meet and discuss – digitally and responsibly, without leaving their home.

ApnaComplex had organized online meeting for Apartment Societies to share their best practices on ‘Securing their Societies from Coronavirus.’ The discussion was led by RWA of Elita Promenade, a prominent Apartment Society in Bangalore with ~1500 units, and a long-time customer of ApnaComplex.  Elita Promenade has been exemplary in their actions towards securing their Society and was featured in Times of India because of their innovative steps to fight COVID19.

In the first half of the session, Mr. Tarak Desai (Board Member) & Ms.Maria George (Secretary) of the Elita Promenade RWA explained how they had started their response early on Feb 1st week and talked about the task force they had set up along with volunteer groups from residents. The panelists shared their best practices such as ‘travel self-declaration form‘, sanitization at each gate and block level, installing washing stations, etc. Ms. Maria highlighted the need to quench all rumors circulating inside the Society. She explained how Elita uses Noticeboard on ApnaComplex to keep their residents informed with official news and regular advisories from RWA. 

The second half of the meeting saw committee members from various societies talk about the common challenges they are facing in this unprecedented situation and debated the solution each one had adopted. It became evident that meeting is well-received when multiple RWAs requested ApnaComplex to organize more such meetings and provide a common platform for the Societies to come together for learning and sharing their best practices with each other. The event concluded with all participating Societies thanking Elita Promenade RWA and ApnaComplex for organizing the webinar.

Presentation shared during the Webinar: Link

Travel Self-declaration Form used by Elita: TBU

Parting words from Participants:

”Excellent and very informative session. Great job guys! Thank you so much”- Raghav

“Good initiative by Elita Promenade Apartment”-Mallik

“Good coordination AC, thanks a lot for the awareness campaign” – Narayanan Ramasubramaniyan

“Thank you so much for organizing such an informative session. It is need of hour.” – Anshila Tiku

“You guys are doing incredible job. Hats off to you members of Board” – Richie

“Thanks for the Webinar, very timely and informative.” –  Sonarbina


Securing Apartment Societies from Corona – Transcript of Webinar by Apollo Clinic

On 18th March 2020, ApnaComplex and its Health partner Apollo Clinic organized a live interactive webinar (for both users and non-users of ApnaComplex) to dispel myths and gain accurate medical information about the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), to help keep residential societies safe. The purpose of the session was to spread authentic information so that residents of apartment societies do not have to rely on unverified and unauthorized information from social media. 

This 1-hour live webinar was helmed by Dr. Phani Kumar Gorantla (MBBS with 12 years of experience) of Apollo Clinic. The first 15 minutes of the session were used to share all pertinent information about COVID-19 including how it started, how it spreads, signs & symptoms, precautionary measures, etc. The rest of the session was dedicated to answering all the participant queries, including how to protect residential societies from this outbreak.

The session was highly appreciated by all the attendees who participated from various residential societies from across the country.

To access the presentation shared during this session, please click here

To access the video recording of this live session, please click here

Following is the gist of the information shared by the doctor during this webinar:

What is novel coronavirus or coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus are a large family of viruses known to causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to the more severe ones like MERS and SARS. A novel coronavirus (nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus that has previously not been identified in humans. It has been suggested that nCov originated from Wuhan’s seafood market but the exact animal source of this outbreak is not definitively known.

How does coronavirus spread in humans?

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to another as follows:

  • By air such as through coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth/nose/eyes before washing the hands
  • Rarely through fecal contamination

Should we use thermal scanners for everyone entering the society?

Thermal scanners are effective only in detecting those people who have a fever, but it doesn’t detect those who are infected but not yet showing symptoms of the infection. This is because it takes anywhere between 2-10 days for those who are infected to start showing symptoms like fever. Still, it’s a good practice to install thermal scanners in societies in order to detect people with clear symptoms like fever. 

Can pets spread coronavirus in the societies? 

Currently, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets like cats and dogs can be infected with the coronavirus. But it is advisable to always wash hands properly with soap and water after coming in contact with pets, and also avoid touching animal droppings with hands.

Is it possible that a person who doesn’t show any symptoms can still be infected?

Yes, about 40-60% of infected people don’t tend to show external symptoms like cold, cough, fever, etc. (asymptomatic) during the incubation period. Therefore, they might be infected and spreading the virus despite looking healthy. 

Can old people take walks within society? Any specific precautions they should take?

Elder citizens, especially with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, asthma, etc. are more susceptible to this infection, therefore it is advised for them to avoid physical contact like handshakes while maintaining good personal hygiene and washing hands properly with soap and water or sanitizers. But they can take walks within the society premises and should maintain at least 2 meters distance from others and wear a mask in case of mild symptoms like cold and cough. They are also advised to avoid all social gatherings at least for the next couple of weeks. 

Should children be allowed to play in the society playgrounds?

It’s okay for children to play outside, but it is strongly advised to avoid playing in big groups. If they need to do so, they should wear a mask and maintain a minimum 2 meters of physical distance. Swimming pools must also be avoided for the next couple of weeks. Playing in closed areas using common indoor playing equipment should be allowed only if all the surfaces are properly disinfected.

How to keep society equipment sanitized/disinfected?

The government has advised not using publicly open places like gyms within the societies. If used, all such surfaces of common society equipment including in the gyms and playground should be properly cleaned with disinfectants like ethanol, isopropyl, isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide, etc. 

Should everyone returning to their society from abroad be isolated? What does self-isolation mean?

Anyone who has recently returned from international trips but not yet showing any symptoms should also self-isolate themselves at home and limit physical contact with family members for at least 14 days to determine whether they are infected or not. In case any symptoms start showing up, maintain at least 2 meters of physical distance with everyone and visit your nearest physician.

Does everyone need to wear a mask?  

In case of mild symptoms or while traveling in crowded places or through public transport, wearing a mask is advised. Masks are not required for those who are not infected/not showing symptoms but are required by only those who are showing symptoms and need to travel using public transport. 

Can eating more Vitamin C rich food help fight against coronavirus?

Vitamin C is useful for increasing general immunity of the body which helps against all infections including Coronavirus. However, it doesn’t particularly help to prevent getting coronavirus as such. 

Should we avoid food order deliveries inside the society? 

For the next couple of weeks, it’s advised to get residents to collect food deliveries at the Society gate itself. If you must order food deliveries, use disinfectants on the food package to clean the surfaces before opening and using them. 

Are there any government guidelines that apartment societies should follow?

BBMP has shared an advisory for all RWAs in Bangalore, which can be found here. Even if your society doesn’t come under this jurisdiction, committee members of all apartment societies should share these guidelines with the society residents to help prevent the spreading of coronavirus within the societies. 


A Message From Our CEO: The Next Chapter in Our Story

I am thrilled to announce today that ApnaComplex has been acquired by NestAway, a leading provider of integrated property management services to homeowners in the country. As you might already be aware, NestAway has been a minority shareholder in ApnaComplex for more than a year and has been backing our vision of bringing more convenience to the homeowners in gated communities. With this, you should be ready to experience a much better ApnaComplex product with more capabilities in the coming months.

What does this mean for you?

On a day-to-day basis, it’s business as usual. There is no change in our existing agreements, terms of service and policies. With access to more resources and partnerships, we will be able to accelerate rolling out of more capabilities for you and for gated communities across the country much faster than ever.

What does this mean for us?

We will retain our distinct brand and will continue to operate independently with the same team and leadership.

We had an amazing last year, where we added more than 1 home every minute on the ApnaComplex platform. We will continue to focus on adding more homes on our platform and pursue our vision of making gated community living a pleasure for all stakeholders.

Our story continues…

It all started with my harrowing experience as the treasurer in my newly formed society. With an urge to change the status quo, 10 years ago, Gokul and I set out to make the life of managing committees of Apartment Societies a little less painful with the help of technology.

Along the way, we have innovated that resulted in many unique solutions that not only solved many problems of gated communities but also resulted in creating multiple sub-industries. Some of the products such as Collection Gateway, Vehicle Sentry, Guard Patrolling are a result of our relentless focus on continuous, cost-effective innovation. With our focus on innovation and data privacy, we have gained the trust of several thousands of housing societies such as yours across the country.

Joining forces with a company that is as passionate about gated communities, innovations and data privacy as us, is what takes us into the next chapter in our storybook. Stay tuned to see where our innovation takes us from here.

Thank You!

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for putting your trust in us over the last 10 years and bringing us to where we are today. We come to work every day for you. Each and every member of our team – our product managers, engineers, support specialists, field officers, accountants… everybody is driven to make the gated community living a pleasure for residents, owners, and committees. This commitment is stronger than ever during this exciting time.

Sincerest gratitude,
Raja Sekhar Kommu


Waste Management in an Apartment Complex

Waste management always comes with a golden rule: reduce, reuse, recycle. At first, this feels like a daunting prospect, like an excessive amount of effort. But in reality, this can be achieved if the issue is targeted at the root: the household.

Living in an apartment complex means living in close proximity to other. So naturally, we need to stay mindful of maintaining clean surroundings to keep it from being an inconvenience.  


Waste management in the household

Enforce a segregation rule in all the units of your apartment complex. Have every household maintain one dustbin for wet waste and one for dry waste. Make sure that the waste is also collected separately. This makes the waste easier to dispose of. Emphasize the need to drain the waste of liquids before throwing it in the bins. The liquid in the waste creates a breeding ground for pests and allows rot to settle in faster.


Waste management in the society

Once the household is taken care of, cleanliness has to be maintained in the common areas of the society. The most effective technique is to hire cleaning crews to sweep and clear the litter. It is also imperative to reduce little. install clearly marked dustbins all over your complex. Place them in all the convenient locations and spread the news urging your residents to use them. Also, urge your residents to clean up after their pets. Pet excreta should be picked up by the owners and disposed of responsibly. Disposables used for any community event should also be biodegradable. Hold regular cleaning drives and educational sessions to ensure that both children and adults are regularly reminded of the importance of clean surroundings.


Waste Management in the long run

While immediate steps ensure waste management, you need to install mechanisms that make the job easier in the long run. Educate your residents of the importance of recycling paper and plastic waste. If possible hire a service to come to the complex to collect the recyclables. Plant plenty of trees in your society. Not only does this help clean the air of pollutants, but it also helps slowly replenish the soil while making your society look aesthetically pleasing. Also, ensure that the drainage system of your society is in good working condition. Waterlogging causes problems with mosquitos, flies and other pests. Lastly, consider installing a compost pit in your society. This can help you dispose of the biodegradables right within your society. The compost can be used as manure for your trees and gardens. Any surplus can be sold to bring a good revenue for your society.

There are plenty of other techniques and real-life examples of good waste management. You can use the ApnaComplex noticeboard feature to educate and notify all your residents. Sharing them with others can only help generate awareness and possibly action towards a cleaner India.