If you’ve ever felt that you’re too old to chase your dream, Latika Chakravorty’s story is for you.
The 89-year-old granny makes beautiful potli bags. Taking her passion a step further, the creative woman has now started an online venture to sell them. And here you thought that dreams come with an expiry date!
Born in Dhubri, Assam about 89 years ago (She’s not sure exactly when). She was married to Krishna Lal Chakrabarty, an Officer-Surveyor from Survey Of India and after the demise of her husband, she lived with her son, Capt Raj Chakravorty, an Indian Naval Officer.
In her journey across the length and breadth of India, she collected some beautiful saris, kurtas, and eclectic pieces of clothing, each with a unique story of its own.
She always enjoyed sewing and designing new things from old and over time she has now focussed her energies towards designing and creating handbags or potlis with her innate talent and 64-year old sewing machine.
The online venture came into being when her grandson Joy Chakravorty, who lives in Germany, was visiting his parents and was quite impressed with her grandmother’s nifty artwork. He instantly proposed to set up an online venture for her. Without wasting any time, Joy created a website called ‘Latika’s Bags‘ and listed the bags on it.
“Her bags are all handmade with love and care and each of them had a previous life in different parts and different eras of India.”
For those of us who’re often disheartened when things don’t go our way, the adorable grandma has a very important advice. She says:
“Age is not a bar to do something good. Whatever work that comes to your hand do it with goodness. It will give you peace of mind.“