Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration admission 2014

2013-05-07COLLEGE: Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration

Courses: B.com, M.com and MBA

Address: Bepin Behari Ganguly St, Bow Bazaar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700012

Admission for: B.com (Hons) in Accounts and Finance

Ranking: Ranked 2nd among commerce Colleges in Kolkata and 31st in India (Source: India Today)

Eligibility: 75% in aggregate and 60% in any of these subjects – Accountancy, Business Economics including Business Mathematics, Business Organization, Mathematics, Business Mathematics, Economics, Statistics, Business Studies, Office Practice and Secretarial, Financial Accounting, Elements of Cost Accountancy and Auditing, Book Keeping, Commerce, Cost Accountancy and Principle of Management.

Cost of Application form: Rs. 30 (TO BE PAID IN IDBI BANK BRANCHES)

Date of Online Submission of forms: 4th June to 17th June.

Last date for paying application fees – 18th June

Merit list date – 25th June

Last year`s cut-off – 90.25%

Number of Seats: Morning – 189 (General – 125)

Day – 252 (General – 168)




  • There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. – Nelson Mandela


Amidst the hullabaloo of Board exams results of ISC 2014 batch, on 18th may, Sunday, the ex-students association of HIRENDRA LEELA PATRANAVIS SCHOOL organized a well thought-out reunion called ‘CHOL FIREY JAI’. The programme started at 12 P.M. sharp with a dance programme involving the children from an NGO ‘ALL CHILDREN’S TOGETHER TRUST’ based near Lake Gardens. This dance was choreographed by Debottamaa Sarkar, Aanish Roy and Bedaprana Roy (ISC 2014) and Organised by Ishita Roy (ISC 2014)



The programme was hosted by two astounding and vibrant anchors, our ex-students Shantanu chakrobarty (ISC 2012) and Ishita Roy (ISC 2014). Around 100-110 ex-students from various batches joined the reunion.One of the ex-students, Debaditya Roy Chowdhuri sang two classic songs of the legendary Singer, Manna Dey.  A video film involving extraordinary and unforgettable pictures of the ex-students and the sweet moments of school life was produced by one of the ex-student Arpita Roy and was shown on the projector. Garlanding of the statues of our founders Hirendra Patranavis and Leela Patranavis was done by our HLPS Alumni President MR. SUBHOJIT AUDDY.

A MR. AND MRS. HLPS competition was held which was quite hilarious and enjoyable. The guest performer of the evening, Sanjoy Das showed his talent in comedy dance. There was also a musical performance by the band ‘JAI HO’. Lastly the superstar brother duo of MALLAR AND MAINAK KARMAKAR sang many beautiful songs like KAL HO NA HO and MITWA. All in all, it was a great reunion and every-one enjoyed the day completely amidst the searing heat.

Old Friends Are the Best Antiques

Old Friends Are the Best Antiques

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO HAVE MADE THIS RE-UNION SUCCESSFUL. Special thanks to, committee member, Suvajit Sarkar (ISC 2014) who managed to distribute more than 40 Passes.



Sabyasachi Chakraborty

Sabyasachi Ghosh


Sabyasachi Ghosh is an ex-student of Hirendra Leela Patranavis School. (ISC 2010)  Presently, he is studying M.A. in English at Rabindra Bharati University.



Butterfly at Salt Lake Central Park

Butterflies conjure up images of sunshine, the warmth and colour of flowery meadows, and summer gardens teaming with life. They are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on earth. Sadly, many of their species have become extinct over the last century. Butterflies are very useful. They are the most significant bio-diversity indicators and the best pollinators after the bees. Butterflies can predict climate change. When they fly around us, it ensures our well-being. Arjan Basu Roy of the NGO Nature Mates Nature Club says, ‘Butterflies can help you understand whether the bio-diversity of a region is secure or not. Where there are butterflies, the ecosystem is secure and human beings who comprise the largest component of the ecosystem are not under threat. If butterflies dwindle, mankind will be the worst hit,’ he adds.

Breeding Zone

Breeding Zone

With this in mind, Arjan decided to create butterfly gardens in urban spaces, as planting a butterfly garden with all of the right kinds of plants and flowers that butterflies feed on and lay eggs on will help revive this species. In 2009, a small section of Banabitan (The Salt Lake Central Park in Kolkata) was provided by the Forest Department for setting up an open-air butterfly garden. The area received ample sunlight, essential for butterflies as their body temperature needs to be around 28°centigrade. A three month survey of butterflies was conducted between October and December 2009. The results were analyzed and 15 species of butterflies selected as target species for the garden. All of their requirements were studied and plantation began. By the middle of 2010, all the life stages of those butterflies appeared in the garden area. Around 20 per cent of all those in the early stages were taken into the lab for protection and were monitored and maintained till they emerged as butterflies. Once this was done for 15 targeted species, the next aim was to add another 15 species. The Banabitan Butterfly Park was developed as an in situ conservation. This maintains recovering populations in the surrounding where they have developed naturally and ensures the ongoing processes of evolution and adaptation within their environments. In order to encourage the growth of butterflies, we needed to conserve the indigenous plant species as larval hosts and nectar plants for the butterflies. An acre of land was earmarked for this, and divided into three plots: one for the larval host plant and the other two for the nectar plants. Additionally, a mud puddle was created in the nectar plant area.

Huge number of Species

Huge number of Species

Every day the three plots are monitored and sighting of eggs, larvae, pupae, adults are recorded in prescribed daily data sheets; monthly and quarterly records are also compiled. All steps of life cycle of individual species are studied and documented photographically. To date, 45 species of butterflies have been raised in the laboratory and around 15,000 butterflies released in the garden. The overall butterfly diversity of ‘Banabitan’ has risen from 64 species to almost 80 species during this period. Basu Roy’s initiative to conserve butterflies is also working as a catalyst to conserve some of the predators such as birds and lizards who feed on butterflies. ‘We have noticed a steady increase in the mynah, jungle babbler and black drongo, bird species,’ says Basu Roy. The biggest achievement has been the creation of fresh awareness. More and more people have started approaching us, to know of the importance of butterflies. Efforts are being made to guide them to make their own butterfly gardens and hence a mass level conservation initiative for butterflies has been activated.


Ridhima Ghosh inaugurates Glam Nails

Radhima Ghosh during the launch

Radhima Ghosh at the launch

Ridhima Ghosh, Tollywood Actress  inaugurated this new outlet of Glam Nails – an Exclusive Nail Studio today at AMP Vaisakhi Mall at Salt Lake City in Kolkata. Get ready to enter a hip, new nail salon, where luxury, pampering and style abound. The ultimate oasis for your dear nails, mind and spirit has made its arrival once again at this new location.

Glam Nails – an Exclusive Nail Studio takes the nail service experience to a whole new level with a luxurious ambience, skilled talent, state-of-the-art infrastructure, contemporary and classy décor and a host of attractive services that include complete nail care to make you look great all the time. The studio not only marks an exquisite and stylish décor but also puts one, in his/her comfort zone for the time spent to pamper oneself. This new beauty spot boasts an ambience of luxury, chic sophistication that pervades as one step into the entryway. It is more than posh. This creative, energetic nail studio is ‘the’ scene.

Our strength is the quality we provide, from the products we use to the stylists we hire. Glam Nails – an Exclusive Nail Studio aims to give their customers a totally VIP beauty experience that leaves you feeling a million bucks! It plans to earn the loyalty of its customers by offering trendy looks, exclusive hi-end brands and an excellent service. With today’s busy lifestyles, we could all benefit from some much needed ‘me’ time.

Ridhima Ghosh during the launch of Glam Nails

Glam Nails

Glam Nails – an Exclusive Nail Studio is committed to providing the best level of nail services and use of quality products at an excellent price point. Change your nail look everyday with our big range selection of nail polishes. You can choose from cute girly glittery butterfly, beautiful flowers to colorful abstract nail art. For all the nail lovers, this is nail art redefined.

Actress, Ridhima Ghosh at the inauguration ceremony of Glam Nails – an Exclusive Nail Studio said, “I feel honored to inaugurate this new Studio in the City. I would love to get my nails inked from here at its earliest. I personally love colours and to see a range which has forty different shades is splendid. I can now officially wear a different spunky nail colour every day and jazz up my look for any event with something so simple.”

Ms. Krishna BanerjeeOwner of Glam Nails – an Exclusive Nail Studio said, “At Glam Nails we believe in being ahead of times, by providing the latest in the fashion trends as soon as they are out. This outlet has several new aesthetic features and very hi-end nail art facilities which will be a huge draw for potential clients.”



Somnath Chatterjee July 25, 1929 – Born in Tezpur, Assam.
1950 – Got Married to Renu Chatterjee.
1952 – B.A. from Jesus College, Cambridge.
1957 – M.A. from Jesus College, Cambridge.
1968 – Joined Communist Party of India (Marxist).
1971 – Elected to Lok Sabha from Bolpur as an                   Independent candidate.
1984 – Lost to Mamata Bannerjee in the historic                Jadavpur Constituency.
1986-1989 – Member of a Joint Committee on Lok Pal Bill.
1989-2004 – Lead his party, CPI (M) in Lok Sabha.
1996 – Got the Outstanding Parliamentarian award.
2004-2009 – Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Lower house of Indian Parliament
2007 – Honorary fellowship from Middle Temple University
2008 – Expelled from his CPI(M) for violation of Party discipline, just a day before his 79th Birthday.
2009 – Retired from active politics.
2010 – Published his autobiography Keeping The Faith: Memoirs Of A Parliamentarian


2In India, there are a few steps of marriage:

Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Girl’s family has to love boy and boy’s family has to love girl. Both the families have to love each other. Girl and boy still love each other, they get married. Well, people who have read the book and are/ are not Chetan Bhagat’s fans won’t be disappointed. Debutante director Abhishek Varman chooses a safe romantic national bestseller and doesn’t tamper much with its screenplay, backed by Dharma Productions.

Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan ( Alia Bhaat) fall in love while studying at IIM-Ahemdabad. As eloping is not an option for them they decide to please their would-be-in-laws. Their love story cuts across the country with Krish trying to woo Ananya’s parents (Revathy and Shiv Subrahmanyam) in Chennai and Ananya trying the same with Kirish’s parents (Amrita Singh and Ronit Roy) in Delhi. After which the parents meet in Mumbai for a vacation. All these are beautifully captured by Binod Pradhan’s camera. The dialogues are quite humorous as most of them are lifted from the book itself and Chetan Bhagat helping with the script.

Everyone was well casted and defined their parts. While Ronit Roy had the mellowed down version of the Krish’s father, Amrita singh was at her best giving Kirron Kher a tough competition for the Punjabi-mom squad. Revathy brought back her charm. Editor Namrata Rao had the toughest job as the editor but does a good job in controlling the duration. Though many characters and scenes from the book have been done away with. This sometimes results in the missing link and the flavor of the cities.

Characters like Bala, who was Krish’s boss in Citibank ( Yes Bank in the movie), the conservative landlord where Krish stays in Chennai are eliminated. Scenes like4 Krish hugging his father in their home, Krish talking to God before proposing Ananya for marriage and the Ananya’s father trying to fix Krish’s veshti during wedding, the Kashi Yatra and of course the part in the delivery room where Ananya talks about Krish’s book while giving birth to twins is abducted. While the speech that Ananya’s father gave at the their reception was cleverly dialogued, the greatest flaw was to show Krish with the manuscript of ‘2 states’ while aptly it should have been ‘Five Point Someone’

The Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio again wave their musical wand with “locha e ulfat’, ‘Chandaniya’, Mast Magan and ‘Offo’ remain the best of the lot. It doesn’t really matter whether you have read the book or not, you will definitely enjoy and a weekend with the much hyped movie. But if Vidhu Vinod Chopra had done the film, it would have had a different look. Locha e Ulfat ho gaya…

Rating : 7.5 /10






About the Author :-

Debottamaa Sarkar is a passionate dancer, a book reviewer, and freelancer. An inquisitive teenager with a superior imagination makes her a perfect all-rounder.





When Alia Bhatt could shock The Devil



“Hi! Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor are coming to INOX, Quest Mall in Kolkata. Would you like to meet them?”, asked my dearest friend as he forwarded me the invitation of the promotional press conference of 2 States.

Well for someone like me (who had neither seen an Alia film nor an Arjun one) it was more like professional expansion. Bur for the person who invited me, it was a dream come true.
Same goes for our photographer friend and all young guys out there. After all, the sugar coated picture perfect heroine, with three super hits in her kitty, has become the heartthrob of many a human being belonging to the male species.

After showing us the trailer of 2 States four times, the lead couple was finally ready for the one to one questions. What is the story all about? In Arjun’s words, “In India, two people cannot marry when they fall in love. The boy must fall in love with the girl’s family. The girl must fall in love with the boy’s family. The boy’s family must love the girl’s family and the girl’s family must love the boy’s family. After all this, if there is still a little bit of love left, then the guy and the girl marry!”
Has Arjun actually read the book? “No, but I have read the script which is an adaptation of the book and we have tried to stick to the T,” he said.

Arjun speaking one the occasion

Arjun speaking one the occasion

How was his experience working with Alia? Arjun seemed to be waiting for this question to be asked for his answer was spontaneous, “Alia started filming the movie before I did. Initially I was apprehensive but she completely blew me away. I was pleasantly surprised to film her unassuming and not looking at the mirror constantly but trying to work with the others actors so that we work toward making a really good film. She would focus on the matter and content and not her hair and makeup. I thing she is a mature person and a fantastic actress to work with. The credit for the success of the movie would definitely go to both Alia and our director Abhishek Varman.”

Nest question was to Alia. Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States is already a best seller, does it make the job tougher for you or easier? “I have read the book and being a fan I was nervous as I wanted the film to be an exact adaptation of the book. And when I read the script, I was very happy. Except for a few things which had to be cut out to save the screen time, we have kept as close to the book as possible, all thanks to our director Abhishek (Varman) who has kept the sensibilities same”, said the star kid.

Was difficult was it playing a Tamilian? “Initially I thought that playing a Tam brahm, I would need to learn Tamil and constantly speak in Tamil but she is a modern day Tamilian and doesn’t always speak in Tamil. Interestingly, she and her family were earlier based in Kolkata and later moved to Chennai. So she doesn’t have that Tamilian accent. I only had to learn Bharatnatyam and that pride and posture that you get when you are a Tamilian.” said the 21 year old.

10007399_632249923496525_8887134227758829725_nBack to Arjun. The role of Krish was first offered to people like Shah Rukh. How does it feel to have bagged the role? “Karan Johar offered me the film fifteen days after Ishaqzaade released. For me that was a huge confidence booster. I was elated and very very grateful.” smiles Arjun.


The next two questions were for Alia. How does it feel to be in the A list of actresses when you are just three films old? “Am I?”, she pauses before flashing a heartwarming smile that was probably making my guy friend’s heart melt! “If you say so! Thank you! I don’t know where I stand and which list I am in. I just want to be loved yaar! It’s not that I am not loved by my family and friends. As an actress, I want to be loved unanimously and am trying to pick up such roles so that I remain fresh in people’s mind.”

Does the fashioniesta tag take away a bit of an actor’s credibility? Her answer is as perfect as her evening dresses. “Today for some reason you are not allowed to look bad. I am actually against that. There are days when I don’t look good or even look bad. Earlier I would dress to get noticed but now I dress for myself. And I feel that and long as you are doing roles that have an impact on the people in some way or the other, then you are good. But yes, fashion
is a very important part of the industry. “

Finally, it was time for the last question to be asked. And my friend nudged me to ask a question which he had made up for the occasion. I was happy at his generosity, little knowing what I was to receive. Casually, I asked Arjun: So with whom did you enjoy working the most; Parineeti in Ishaqzaade or Alia in 2 States?

All hell broke loose! Arjun quickly recovered himself and started to answer but the sequins fell 10157238_632250433496474_7597616150015321430_noff Alia’s angelic expression and she glared at me with clenched teeth! Even the Devil himself would pause to think what to do and I was so stunned at the public display of repugnance that I averted my eyes and looked straight and Arjun, mentally deciding how to thrash my friend who did not wish to be the object of his sweetheart’s displeasure (and hence passed the question to me!) Arjun came quick to the rescue and his diplomatic answer smoothened out Alia’s expression again. “The circumstances of both the films were very different. I had done a workshop with Parineeti and knew her before Ishaqzaade whereas I discovered Alia during the course of the film. Parineeti and I were fed up with each other as we had to work for three months without any break but with Alia I got a lot of breaks in between schedules. So different dynamics and emotions played but both are absolutely fantastic actresses and I consider myself fortunate that I am the first person who got to work with both of them!”

End Note: My most memorable moment was the cold blooded stare of the sugar coated Alia (no issues darling, you are still my buddy’s sweetheart and he will watch 2 States without me too.




About the Author :-

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Blogger, Book Reviewer, Translator, Journalist, Freelancer, Content Creator and lots more. Amateur candle maker, spiritual seeker who finds solace in the Bhagavad Gita.

Read her blog – http://blinkthinkk.blogspot.in/



Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is the only Bird sanctuary located in the outskirts of Kolkata. It is a huge sanctuary covering 17 acres. It is not located in the heart of the city but in the southern fringes of the city, thus does not get as much publicity as it should get. It is also called Kayal-r Bagan. This sanctuary is managed by Sunderban Biosphere Reserve. This sanctuary has a wide variety of Birds, Butterflies and Orchids. In 2005, the Govt. of West Bengal bought this sanctuary from its private owners. Later it was renamed as Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary. This was an honour to celebrated sculptor Chintamoni Kar, who had for many years fought relentlessly to gain the status ‘Kayaler Bagan’ for a sanctuary.

How to Reach?

This Sanctuary is located at Narendrapur (South 24 Paraganas).

By train – It’s around 15 Kilometers from the Sealdah Station. You can get down at the Narendrapur Station, (Sealdah-Sonarpur line) and then walk for a few minutes to reach there.

By Metro – Reach Kavi Nazrul Metro Station (Garia) and then take an auto (Garia-Bariupur) and get down at Rathtala Bus stop. It`s a one minute walk from there.

By Bus – Direct buses are available from Howrah. Catch the Howrah-Harinavi bus and get down at Rathtala. The best route is through the EM BYPASS. It is around 10-12 from Desun More. Buses like 80, 80A, 80B lead to Rathtala.

Tip: – This sanctuary is very unpopular due to the lack of publicity. So, very few local people don`t know about it.

Visiting hours – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the year

Entry fees – 50 each. No charges for photography.




You would have a lot of fun strolling in and around the jungle. There are very narrow path and you would feel as if you are in a treasure hunt competition. You can reach various corners of this sanctuary through the narrow paths. I found a secret path, which was narrowest among all and I went down to lowland. It was amazing out there. Beautiful birds chirping all around, colourful butterflies hovering around you will make you feel ecstatic.
This place is a photographer`s paradise, yet it is unexplored. Very few people visit this sanctuary, so it a quiet place. In my three hour long trip, I did not find a single visitor. The forest is thick and you may have problems if you are a first-timer. Main trees are mango, Jackfruit, Coconut, Tamarind, Guava, Dumur, Safeda, Chatun etc.



DSCN2329 1. Ashy Drongo
2. Black Drongo
3. Asian paradise flycatcher
4. Black-hoodedoriole
5. Common Kingfisher
6. Common lora
7. Coppersmith Barbet
8. Rose-ringed parakeet
9. Jungle babber
10. Oriental magpie robin
11. Common Hoopoe
12. Purple-rumped sunbirdDSCN2353
13. Red-whiskered bulbul
14. Large-tailed nightjar
15. Scaly-Brested munis
16. Spotted Dove
17. Fulvous-breasted
18. Great tit
19. Green bee-eater
20. Grey-backed shrike
21. Gray wagtail


22. Indian Roller
23. Asian Koel
24. Greater coucal
25. Asian Palm swift
26. Spotted owlet
27. White-breasted waterhen
28. Little egret
29. Loten`s sunbird
30. Small minivet
31. Golden-fronted leaf bird
32. Lesser goldenback

Picture Courtesy : Ishita Roy – http://blinkthinkk.blogspot.in/

The Kolkata Quiz 1

Q.1.Which building in Kolkata was designed by Thomas Lyon in the year 1777?

Q.2.Which building built in the 20th century was reputed to have the world`s oldest operational studio? This studio was perished in fire in the year 1991.

Q.3. In which year the Kolkata book fair was held in Yuva Bharati Krirangan?

Q.4. Name the airport where recently Pawan Hans started its Helicopter operations?

Q.5.Which place is known as “The lungs of Kolkata”?

Q.6.Who was the first and the last women principal of Presidency College?

Q.7.Connect these names – Oak, Pine, Maple and Cedar.

Q.8.From which Tram depots did the first Electric Tram in Asia ran?

Answers: –
1. Writers Building 2. Metropolitan Building 3. 2007 4. Behala Flying Club
5. Maidan 6. Mamata Roy 7. South City Residential Complex 8. Esplanade to Kidderpore