First woman pilot of India | Sarla Thakral India’s first female pilot Sarla Thakral was remembered by Google
India’s first female pilot Sarla Thakral was remembered by Google like this, the plane was flown in a sari  |  Photo Credits: YouTube
New Delhi : Google has wished Indian pilot, design and entrepreneur Sarla Thakral on her 107th birthday in a unique way. Google has paid tribute to Saral Thakral by making a doodle on his birth anniversary. Thakral was the first woman pilot in India to fly a plane wearing a sari. He made history in 1936 when he stepped into the cockpit of a small two-winged plane.
Sarla Thakral is known as the first woman to fly a plane in India. He was born on this day (8 August) in 1914 in British India. She got the inspiration to fly the plane from her husband PD Sharma, who was a trained pilot. There were nine pilots in his family. Sarla Thakral was a member of Lahore Flying Club. She got married at the age of 16, but she kept her dreams alive even in the midst of family responsibilities.
History was created at the age of 21
Sarla Thakral made history in 1936 when she flew a small two-winged aircraft for the first time. At that time she was only 21 years old and she was the mother of a four-year-old daughter. She stepped into the cockpit wearing a traditional sari, which sent a message to the world that flying in the sky was no longer the domain of men only. However, only three years later, a mountain of sorrow broke in his life, when Captain PD Sharma died in a plane crash in 1939.
After the death of her husband, Sarla Thakral started preparing for a commercial pilot, but it was the time of World War II, which put an end to her career. Sarla Thakral later studied fine art and painting from the Mayo School of Arts in Lahore, which is now known as the National College of Arts. She came to India after partition in 1947. She was living in Delhi, where she continued her work of painting.
Sarla Thakral was also a painter, jewelery designer, entrepreneur
Later, he made a successful career in designing of jewelery and clothes. She went on to become a successful woman entrepreneur, painter and costume designer. She married RP Thakral in 1948. He is counted among the devoted followers of Arya Samaj. It is said that only after joining Arya Samaj, there was a possibility of his second marriage and he prepared himself for it. He passed away on March 15, 2008. Google today paid tribute to him on his birth anniversary with a doodle.
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