FDC on 01.01. 1969 Kolkata GPO of BANKIM CHANDRA CHATTOPADHYAY

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Girls taking Tea on Calcutta Streets

The number of working women and girls have increased considerably in India in last few years in India. Before 5 years, only a very few ladies, occasionally were found to take sip of tea on Calcutta Streets. But now , frequently one can see more women and girls taking tea on ordinary tea stalls on Kolkata streets. With the increase in size of working class people, modern companies have installed tea or coffee machines, but their tastes are not up to the mark. Not everybody loves to drink coffee or tea from those machines , at least on some fine day , one has to come down to street and get orthodox tea which satisfy the need of people. Women are not exceptions, they also need such tea , afterall they share the burden of work with men who are always visible at tea stalls. This is also a visible social change . Profit is enjoyed by Tea stalls. It is also seen that girls do not come alone , they always come in group, so more revenue is enjoyed by tea stall owners !! good opportunity for Kolkata Tea Stalls

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Girls at Arun Tea Stall, Wood Street Kolkata
Girls at Arun Tea Stall, Wood Street Kolkata

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Select Old Societies and Associations in Kolkata

A common man may explore his interests more after joining a society or association and may be benefited from the works of existing work. Kolkata was British capital, It has been one of the important cultural centres of India. There is no paucity of knowledge , wisdom and knowledge geeks in the city. Young people must know which are the institutes, societies and cultural centres in the society of their interests. A few of them are listed below :

1. Asiatic Society  :http://www.asiaticsocietycal.com/history/index.htm

2. Numismatics Society of Calcutta : http://www.nsckolkata.com/gallery/

3. Advertising club of Kolkata

4. Barabazar Library

5. Brahmo Samaj

6. Bengal Chambers of Commerce

7. Rajasthan Brahmin Sangh

20 Rupee Tea in Kolkata

The standard rate of half cup tea in Kolkata is INR 5 ( five rupees). People who prefer one full BHAD / CUP , they usually pay INR 10. However there are two persons who take INR 20 for one tea. One is a Sardar ji in Russell Street whose tea is not very tasty but he gives quantity. On the other hand there is a tea stall who mixes Gulab Jal ( Rose water ) in the tea , quantity is not large , but very tasty. The Gulab Jal tea is sold in an environment where everybody would love to enjoy tea at all times in a day or night. It’s on the bank of the river Hooghly, Ahiritola ghat where one can enjoy Gulab Jal Tea with litti Chokha.

Women in an Autorickshaw

Earlier, say before five years, a woman always resisted to sit in the front seat of an Auto Rickshaw running in Kolkata i.e. they always avoided to sit with the Auto Rickshaw driver. However, now a days , I see women do not feel hasitation to sit with the driver in the front row. Even yesterday , while coming back to home from an auto , a young lady came to the back seat and sat with we two men, but after two minutes , she went to the front seat. They feel better to seat alone or share fifty percent of the front row seat with the driver rather than humiliated seating in the limited area of the back row. Tis is one of the latest changes in the city of Kolkata 🙂 nobody except Auto drivers are enjoying !! When we get down at Ahiritola Ghat, fellow Auto Rickshaw drivers also created joke of our Auto driver that young girl blesses him.

Calcutta Stock Exchange – On the path of recovery

Glories are always temporary.

Calcutta stock exchange , one of the oldest stock exchanges of India lost its credibility in the last decade. It was a time when economic times used to show quotation of CSE alongwith BSE. Greed and malpractices of a few members caused the defunction of recognised stock exchange.

However, in last five years various steps had been taken to ensure the protection of interest of members. Various IAS officers, reputed persons from Industry and professional bodies were appointed as member of its governing body to pave the recovery path of the exchange. The major change was its demutualisation thanks to BSE a major role player for its recovery.The second important confidence building measure was providing the Bombay Stock Exchange platform to the existing members of Calcutta stock exchange. In 2009, five companies including Maithan Alloys , Gloster Jutemills etc were given BSE platform as their listing documents and compliance were in order over the years. They maintained the respect for their exchange and their old investors.Now there are 130 members who have opted the scheme to use BSE terminals i.e. they may trade in C-Star and BOLT simultaneously. Now the members have facility to trade through NSE terminal and finally the members of CSE ( who have opten for NSE terminals) may provide the services of future and options to their clients.

In last five years many members who were badly suffered from the ineffectiveness of the exchange surrendered their SEBI registration . The completely lost the faith on the working of the exchange , however those who hold perserverence are now getting rewards. Afterall ,they got BSE platform with a least payment of fees. Currently , they may trade in 6123 scrips on CSTAR and thousands of companies on BSE and NSE.

Most of the Indians especially young generations think that there are only two exchanges , NSE and BSE , however CSE is the third major exchange with a  turnover of Rs. 15.05 crores as on 31st Augutst 2012. CSE , whatever be its position, always released the trading summary of top securities. Although , still it has a heap of defunct companies , but the exchange is easily giving opportunities to those companies to delist themselves. Obviously, the bad blood must go out of the exchange.  Now, companies like Infosys, TISCO, RIL, L&Y etc are traded on the platform of CSE.

It has a special tie up with HDFC Bank for the banking transacton of members with many facilities . It has now a separate depository ( DP ) , separate KYC centre, Vodafone special schemes to members which shows that the exchange is active and on the right path. The members may now avail backoffice technical solution through software companies.

It still has a good portfolio of old companies , the investors in them may now get an opportunity to get fair market value of their investments hold for a number of years. The index is around 6000 , lets see where it goes.