Women of Worth 2017

Free spirit

In fighting off a patriarchal society to claim what rightfully belonged to her, Lata Bajoria found a whole new meaning to life

Vishal Koul

Dressed in a traditional saree, Lata Bajoria slipped on her chappals and walked right through the gates of the jute mill — a place she owned but was still off limits. That was the day when she truly realised what emancipation meant. Having lived in her husband’s shadow for decades, Bajoria believes every day, since he passed away, has been a step towards finding her true self. Today, besides overseeing the family’s jute business under the flagship Hooghly Mills Company, she is also engaged in social pursuits.