What image will you get in your mind if I say the words like Bengali lady from a middle class family, retired from National Library, single, draped in a saree, Khadim’s footwear and a bindi? What if I say, that this lady had never travelled in her life till the age of 48? What if I say, this lady today has travelled more than 25 countries and has travelled the length and breadth of India? She is almost 80 but she is an inspiration to all the women who are full of self-doubt. Her confidence, conviction and carefree attitude made her step out of her secure, middle class, working life in Calcutta and there has been no looking back since. She started travelling in 1986 and her first trip was not in the periphery of her city but half way across the world to the USA. Dressed in a saree with a round bindi on her forehead, she travels unflinchingly.

While we are too caught up in the latest fashion trends and shade of lipstick but are too scared to follow our dreams, she is busy gathering life experiences and human stories from around the world with age being just a number. When she is not travelling she is running a school for small kids and trying out her hands at traditional Bengali cuisine. Meet Itee Ghosh, the Super Aunty from Calcutta who keeps her heart and soul packed in a VIP suitcase along with her cotton and silk sarees, ready for her next adventure because travel is her constant companion.

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LA 1986

Rome 1986

Florence 1986

Venice 1986 (with her sister)

Vatican 1986

Buckingham Palace 1986

Geneva 1986

Versailles Palace, Paris 1986

La, Disney Land, 1986

Grand Canyon, 1986

Hoover Dam 1986

Las Vegas 1986

Kualalampur 2002 (With a friend)

Star Cruise, Singapore 2002

Pattaya 2002

Sea World, Singapore 2002

Bangkok 2002

Egypt 2007

Dubai Desert with all her friends 2007

Chicago 2009

Bangladesh 2010

Great Wall of China 2013

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet 2013

San Diego 2014

Bali 2015

Denmark 2015

Norway 2015

Red Square, Russia 2015

Borobodur, Jakarta 2015

Prembanan, Yogyakarta, 2015

South Africa, 2016

Angkor, Cambodia 2016

Halong Bay, Vietnam, 2017

Vietnam 2017

Mt. Fuji, Japan 2017