among 25 Good Businesses among 25 Good Businesses which are helping societal changes – Outlook Business-Independence day Special-Business magazine from India covering economy, business and personal finance.

CommonFloor is an online portal for Apartment Owners and Welfare Association Members enabling better Management of Expenses, Payments of Maintenance Fee, Online Property. CommonFloor offers apartment-dwellers a unique, online collaborative platform to mange their properties better. Empowering home owners and connecting neighbours through an online and SMS-based platform called CommonFloor.

CommonFloor arms home owners with all the relevant tools required to take informed decisions on any matter pertaining to their property. By sharing their experiences on CommonFloor, apartment communities have been able to find solutions to their problems. There are 20,000 apartment communities from 95 Indian cities.

For CommonFloor, a large user base means big advertising moolah. Because CommonFloor is a free service, the only way it can earn money is through advertising—the Google model, so to speak. Though the founders are reluctant to divulge financial numbers at this juncture, they insist the company is earning profits.

“We not only got to know who our neighbours were, but also found that we shared some similar interests,” says Sumit Jain, Co-Founder, maxHeap Technologies, the company behind CommonFloor.

“Today, no one has the time to mingle with neighbours—at best, we exchange greetings inside an elevator or staircase. We thought of developing an online product that would improve communication between neighbours,” notes Lalit Mangal, Co-Founder, maxHeap Technologies, the company behind CommonFloor.

Sumit Jain and close friend and fellow IITian Lalit Mangal (both were working in Oracle then), began exploring the idea of connecting neighbours online.

“We did not want to become a neighbourhood social networking platform—that would limit our scope. Besides, it wouldn’t be a scalable model,” points out Vikas Malpani, who joined Jain and Mangal from SAP Labs and became the third Co-Founder of maxHeap Technologies.

CommonFloor was launched in November 2007 but getting home owners to use the product in its initial days was not easy. “It took every bit of our persuasive and networking skills,” recalls Vikas Malpani. What finally helped was word-of-mouth publicity. Today, less than three years since its launch, CommonFloor has over 20,000 apartment communities across various cities in India. But, Lalit Mangal insists their work is far from over. “We call ourselves a work-in-progress—we are continuously looking for ways to offer more services and, to improve existing ones based on the feedback we receive from users. That’s the only way forward,” he adds. Mukherjee, who’s been associated with CommonFloor for the past year—first as an administrator for his apartment complex and now as a user, says the company is very attentive to feedback, however minor. “They can do this because they are small and that’s all they do, unlike a Google group or a Yahoo group,” he adds. The challenge will be to maintain this level of responsiveness once CommonFloor achieves scale.

The team at maxHeap Technologies is hoping to do to apartment community-building what Google did to the search experience. It’s an ambitious dream for a bunch of youngsters just about starting out on their careers, but Sumit, Lalit and Vikas (along with team members Rahul Gupta and Manoj Singh) seem determined to make a go of it. Already the company has caught the attention of venture fund Accel Partners, which has invested an undisclosed sum. Flush with funds and armed with a killer application, maxHeap Technologies is ready to fire on all cylinders.

Courtesy: Outlook Business Independence day Special

Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2010

Janmashtami is known as Gokulashtami or Ashtami. This festival is also known as Sri Krishna Jayanti and Krishnashtmi. Sri Krishna is considered as the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu’s, (one of three major Hindu Gods) on earth. In Some part of India Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on September 01,2010 and in other parts Sri Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated On 2nd September 2010.

Since Sri Krishna lived in luxury throughout his life, Sri Krishna Jayanti is celebrated with pomp and splendor. Plenty of sweets are made on this day.To mark the birth of the deity, the idol of the infant Krishna is bathed and is cradled in the midnight time. Lord Krishna temples situated at Vrindhavan, Mathura, Dwaraka are the most popular for the celebrations of Janmashtami, as it is believed that Lord Krishna lived there.

Wish You All A Happy Onam

Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the southern Indian state of Kerala.

May the color and lights of Onam fill your home with happiness and joy.

My heartful wishes on Onam.

Floral designs for Onam pookalam

Disclaimer: The photos or Images are collected from various source and the credit for image goes for them. My intention is only to wish all a happy onam

My heartful Onam wishes to One and All

Sacred Thread Changing Festival in India

Gayatri Yajnopavita- Sacred Thread Changing Festival

The festival of changing sacred thread is known in different names according to custom, language and belief. In South India people call the festival as Avani Avittam day or Jandhyala Purnima an in some other region it is known different names such as Yajur Upakarma,Yajnopavita dharan, poonal or poonool thread wearing etc.

A full-moon day of the year is observed by those who wear the sacred thread (typically brahmins and followers of Arya Samaj) as a day of spiritual renewal and the thread the ritually replaced by  new one. The festival of changing sacred thread is performed on Jandhyala Purnima day (Avani Avittam day).A brahmin vatu is taught that the sacred thread and the Gayatri mantram are the strongest weapons in his repertoire, to fight fear and seek enlightenment.

The performers of Jandhya dharana perform ritual bath in rivers or lakes or even in house and sanctify the puja room. New Janai (Sacred Thread) is worn after reading Gayatri Mantram.The Brahmins who missed the opportunity to change the Sacred Thread on Shravana Pournami, will perform the ritual on Bhadrapada Purnima.

The people of different languages call Sacred threads as Janeu in Hindi, Janivaara in Kannada, Poonool in Malayalam & Tamil, Jandhyamu in Telugu, Jaanave in marathi, Lagun in Assamese. This indicates “unity in diversity” in India by celebrating people from all over.

Sacred Thread Guidelines

  • The sacred thread should never be removed from one’s body.
  • If for some reason, the sacred thread is lost or slips off, it should not be reused. A new sacred thread (that has been got as prasad from Yagnopaveeteswara) should be worn.
  • Bachelors should wear sacred threads with 3 strands. Married men should wear sacred threads with 6 strands. Men whose parents have passed on should wear sacred threads with 9 strands.
  • The Gayatri Mantra should be chanted before wearing sacred thread.
  • It is the person’s responsibility to keep the thread clean

According to source, in Hinduism, Upanayana (Sacred Thread ceremony) is performed on boys of at least 7 years of age from the Brahmin varna, of at least 13 years from the Kshatriya varna, and of at least 17 years from the Vaishya varna. The youngster is taught during the ceremony the secret of life through Brahmopadesam (revealing the nature of Brahman, the Ultimate Reality) or the Gayatri mantra.Everyone has a first, biological birth, but when a young man seeks his spiritual identity he symbolically accepts a spiritual teacher as father and the Vedas as mother.At the ceremony, he receives the jenoi (sacred-thread), usually worn for his entire lifetime. It is replaced at intervals, but never removed until the new one has been put on.

Typically women do not wear the yajnopavita (although they may wear other sacred threads). However, practitioners of Arya Samaj philosophies practice equalities of same sex and perform all rituals for both the sexes.

In today’s Hindu society, the sacred thread symbolizes the ancient history of the custom as well as the caste of the person wearing it. It is the person’s responsibility to keep the thread clean (washing every time one takes a both) and honor it. After the man is married, the three-threaded yajnopavita is replaced by a six-threaded one, symbolic of the additional repsonsibility.

Long, long ago, the Christian term “Born-again” was exclusively used within the church as an important part of the church’s phraseology. Now it is widely used even in commercials, just like the word “Guru”. However Born Again concept came from Hinduism. Brahmin, kshatriyas, and vysyas are having birth and by wearing poonool they become Dwija (Twice born).

List of State and Capital of India

India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.18 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. India is a federal constitutional republic with a parliamentary democracy consisting of 28 states, and seven union territories. New Delhi  is the capital city of India.

The following are the current union territories of India:

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  2. Chandigarh
  3. Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  4. Daman and Diu
  5. Lakshadweep
  6. Puducherry
  7. National Capital Territory of Delhi

The following are the current State and its Capital :

  1. Andhra Pradesh – Hyderabad
  2. Arunachal Pradesh – Itangar
  3. Assam – dispur
  4. Bihar – Patna
  5. Chhattisgarh – Raipur
  6. Goa – Panaji
  7. Gujarat – Gandhi Nagar
  8. Haryana – Chandigarh
  9. Himachal Pradesh – Shimla
  10. Jammu and Kashmir – Jammu
  11. Jharkhand – Ranchi
  12. Karnataka – Bangalore
  13. Kerala – Thiruvananthapuram
  14. Madhya pradesh – Bhopal
  15. Maharashtra – Mumbai
  16. Manipur – Imphal
  17. Megalaya – Shillong
  18. Mizoram – Aizawl
  19. Nagaland – Kohima
  20. Orissa – Bhubaneswar
  21. Punjab – Chandigarh
  22. Rajashthan – Jaipur
  23. Sikkim – Gangtok
  24. Tamil Nadu – Chennai
  25. Tripura – Agar tala
  26. Uttar Pradesh – Lucknow
  27. Uttarakhand – Dehradhun
  28. West Bengal – Kolkata.

Pak Cyber Army was only Sleeping Not Dead

The Pakistan cyber army has struck again. This time it has hacked the liquor baron and Rajya Sabha member, Vijay Mallya’s parliamentary website. The Pakistan cyber army not only hacked Rajya Sabha member, Vijay Mallya’s parliamentary website but also threatened to make “Indian cyberspace into hell.”

The Bangalore-based liquor baron found to his shock that his website,, was not only hacked into, but also carried warnings of turning “Indian cyberspace into hell”. Mallya has lodged a complaint with the Delhi cyber police.

On its Facebook account, Pakistan cyber army claimed that Indian hackers had been playing havoc with Pakistani cyber communities and websites for a long time. Its recent spate of hacking of Indian websites is to show the world that Pakistanis were no lesser than Indians in the field of cyberspace. It also claimed that to all Pakistani internet users that they can now do their work in peace because it has back on his work.

“All Pakistani internet users and website owners, sleep tight, ‘coz PCA [Pakistan Cyber Army] is waking!!! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!” it said on Facebook.

“The Pak cyber army was only sleeping, not dead. This is a payback from Pak cyber army in retaliation to the defacement of Pakistani sites! You are playing with fire,” stated the Pakistan cyber army. It warned, “We are warning you one last time, don’t think you are secure in this cyber space. We will turn your cyber space into hell. We gonna literally throw you in the deep sea. Will [take] revenge if any Pakistani site is hacked by Indians.”

Rang De Freedom Concert 2010

Musicians Ranjani and Gayatri

CommonFloor brings an exclusive offer to CommonFloor (CF) members. First 10 CF members will get Free Tickets for “Freedom Concert 2010”- Click here to apply for Free Tickets now.. Limited seats available.

“Freedom Concert 2010” a Carnatic classical music concert that is being organized by the Rang De Bangalore Chapter with an overwhelming support from celebrity artistes Ranjani and Gayatri. With support from CommonFloor, NABARD, The Hindu, Corner stone Properties, Printo and Geodesic, the Rang De Bangalore chapter presents to you an evening you will cherish. Ranjani and Gayatri are one of the topmost Carnatic musicians of today. They have created an exciting style of their own, which combines the eternal values of pure classicism with an enchanting freshness of approach.

“Freedom Concert 2010” is being organized by the Rang De Bangalore Chapter. Rang De is a web-based social initiative that supports rural micro-entrepreneurs from low-income households with cost-effective low-interest loans to either set up or run a small business. Donor passes are priced at Rs.250 and Rs.500 and are available on IndianStage. You can also call Sreekanth on 9739142852 or Smita on 09790967648 for tickets and information on discounts for bulk booking.

  • Where: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Racecourse Road, Bangalore
  • When: Saturday, August 14 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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