Sarla Thakral became the first Indian woman to fly solo
New Delhi: Back in 1936 when women were regarded no more than puppets, it was hard to imagine a woman to fly an aircraft and break free. Not only was Sarla Thakral's feat surprising, but it was equally inspiring for those women who were fighting for equality.
- Sarla Thakral was born in New Delhi in 1914.
- When Sarla Thakral was ready to take off on her maiden flight, she was not only married but was also a mother of a four-year-daughter.
- She tied the knot with PD Sharma, a pilot, at a young age of 16.
- Sarla owed her success to her husband and father-in-law
- When aviation was only about man, Sarla entered the cockpit of Gypsy Moth in a saree and made history as the first lady pilot.
- World War-II worked as the biggest speed breaker in her career as the civil training was suspended due to which her group B licence was cancelled.
- During her training in Jodhpur in 1939 her husband died in a crash. She then decided not to become a commercial pilot.
- Later she started jewellery making, saree designing, painting etc.
- Jawaharlal Nehru's sister Vijayalaxmi Pandit was among those who bought her creations.
- She came as a fresh breeze of courage and determination and left hundreds inspired.
- Sadly, her story got buried after her death in March 2008