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Find your perfect roomie

sex-and-relationships Updated: Aug 26, 2010 16:37 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
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Finding a roommate just got simpler. A website called www.indianroommates.in now offers subscribers the opportunity to find themselves their perfect roommates who fulfill their requirements. This service is available to people in India and abroad. Users can also fill in specific preferences with regards to lifestyle and religion as well.

The webiste, which already has over 50,000 registered users, was initially started for Indians who travelled abroad. “Indians usually like staying with their fellow countrymen abroad. Our website catered to this audience,” says Karthik Shah, marketing consultant, indianroommates.in. Since then, the website has expanded to include all major cities in India and the world.

Getting online
To register, all one needs to do is log on and fill a form. The subscribers also need to mention if they are on the lookout for a room or have a room to let out on hire. Once the details are filled in, the information is added to a pre-existing database. There is no charge for registration.

However, to access the database of any city, one has to pay a nominal charge of Rs 195 per month. Shah says, “This has been done to ensure that there are no spammers.”

Privacy is maintained and security measures are taken to ensure that the parties interested are genuine. Shah says, “We have a special team in place that only checks if people’s credentials are authentic. If we find any discrepancies, we inform the user. If they still do not do comply by our rules, we just remove them from the database.”

Easy interface
The subscriber doesn’t need to inform the website, when he or she finds the perfect roommate. Shah says, “Also, we don’t charge brokerage or any miscellaneous taxes. We are just here to give people contacts they may need before or after shifting to a new city at affordable rates.”

Indianroommates.in has also tied up with several IT companies like Wipro and Infosys. It offers them special corporate plans at competitive rates. Shah says, “The IT industry has a high attrition rate. Through our website, people can find affordable, convenient and comfortable lodgings with little hassles.”