Between fighting off patriarchy and learning the tricks of business at 57, Lata Bajoria discovered her true self
The 67-year-old owner of one of the country’s biggest jute mills in Kolkata had to overcome the odds and fight a deep-rooted patriarchal society very late in her life after the sudden demise of her husband Arun Bajoria in 2008. If anything, Lata Bajoria’s story is that of her determination to learn to do things right and being persistent. “I look at learning each day as a new adventure,” she says. Today, she not only runs the jute business her way but is also rediscovering her true self by engaging in socially responsible pursuits. The mill is also a melange of activities – right from visits by the British High Commission to India to filmmakers and photographers such as Barbara Davidson. In discovering her true self, Bajoria also discovered the art of being selfless.