"Sarla Thukral"a name of pride
Birth of Sarla Thukral
Sarla Thukral was the first Indian woman pilot.Sarla was born on 8 August,1914 at New Delhi in British India.Sarla was born at that time,when women were kept inside home forcibly.Gender discrimination between man and woman were made their life uneasy.Education was day-dream for woman.There were distinction between man and woman.
Married to a pilot
So,like any other girl in India Sarla got married at a very early age.Sarla got married to P.D. Sharma at the age of sixteen.Sarla's husband was a pilot.P.D. Sharma was the first Indian to become an airmail pilot.Sarla's in-laws family had total nine pilot including her husband.Sarla was fortunate.Her husband was the main inspiration for Sarla's becoming a pilot.
Road to fulfill dream
Sarla was a student of "Lahore flying club" in Pakistan and she was also the first woman student in that club.At the age of 21 Sarla take her first solo flight in a small,double winged plane, where Sarla dressed in a traditional saree.At that age Sarla had a four year old daughter.Sarla also completed 1,000 hours of flight time to gain "A" license.It was another first for Indian women.Sarla used to fly between Karachi and Lahore.Sarla wanted to become a commercial pilot.
The death of P.D. Sharma
Fortune was not very favour in Sarla. In an airplane crash P.D. Sharma died in 1939.She became widow.Sarla was 24 years old then.Due to the outbreak of world war ll Sarla abandoned her plans to become a commercial pilot.later Sarla took a diploma in fine arts and painting in " Lahors Mayo School of Arts"(now The National College of Arts).
After the partition of India Sarla moved to her native place Delhi with her two daughters. Remarries was possible for her in her communities.In New Delhi Sarla Thukral got married to R.P. Thukral in 1948.Later she became a painter and a successful business woman.
The death of Sarla Thukral
Sarla Thukral also kknown as Mati.This great lady Sarla Thukral passed away at the age of 93 on 15 March,2008.
Honoured by Google
Sarla Thukral was honoured by Google on 8 August at her 107th birth anniversary with a unique doodle.The doodle was illustrated by artist Vrinda Zaveri.The doodle was an image of the late Pilot Sarla Thukral seated in a plane with a flowing saree.
Inspiration of women
Sarla Thukral created history for Indian women, who dreams to be a pilot.Sarla proved her ability and talent.She created history by breaking the typicall rules for women.Sarla will always remain an inspiration for women all over the world.