In 1936, this Indian pilot was the first to get her aviation license when she was only 21 years old after she flew a Gypsy Moth solo between Karachi to Lahore! Sarla Thakral was a married woman who had a 4-year-old daughter back home when she took her first flight. Her story will definitely inspire you!
Sarla Thakral was born in 1914 and married at a really young age. Her husband P. D. Sharma was a Captain too who came from a family of 9 pilots. This is the encouragement she received to be a pilot. Sarla attained her ‘A’ license when she gathered over 1000 hours of flying!
She went on to pursue a Diploma in fine arts at Mayo School of Art where she trained in the Bengal school of painting for a career.
A dedicated follower of Arya Samaj, Sarla was known to be the first woman to put in the cockpit in a saree!
During her later years, she was designing costume jewelry and supplied it to Cottage Emporium for over 15 decades.
After that, she gave her best at obstructing painting for 15 decades. Finally, she began designing to the National School of Drama until she died in 2008.
Sarla Thakral was also known as Mati will remain a role model to many girls who wish to achieve their aims in life.