Make your own free website on Tripod.com
INSPIRATION UNLIMITED
LIFETIME EXPERIENCE
Home
INTRODUCTION
KALPANA'S HISTORY
DARE TO DREAM
MEMORIES TO CHERISH
PICTURES - PAGE 1
PICTURES - PAGE 2
PICTURES - PAGE 3
PICTURES - PAGE 4
KALPANA'S E-MAIL
KALPANA MAKES A DIFFERENCE
SUPERCOMPUTER AFTER KALPANA
KALPANA REMEMBERED
LIFETIME EXPERIENCE
INTERVIEW WITH KC'S BROTHER
PASSIONATE SCIENTIST
KALPANA CHAWLA, UP AND CLOSE
INVESTIGATION REPORTING PAGE
CONTACT

When I heard her name for the first time in 1997 soon
after she was selected to go into space, I had no idea
that one day I would see her standing in front of me.

My excitement reached its zenith when Sanchari Bose and
Kamlika Chandla returned to India after meeting her in
1998. The two girls told us stories about
Kalpana
Chawla's experience in space.

Little did I know that next year it would be my chance to
meet her! Thanks to her efforts, which enabled two
students from her school in Karnal to visit NASA, Gaurav
Goel and I were selected to visit the space organisation
in 1999.

The two of us were there for twenty-one days... we
vividly remember almost every moment of the eleven days
that we spent at her house in Houston, Texas. July 29 to
August 10 stand out in my mind even today... [it is] as
if we have returned only yesterday after meeting her.

Besides attending lectures at the International Space
School Foundation, we would snatch every bit of time that
we could to be with Kalpanadidi.

To be with her was an experience of a lifetime and we
carefully heard every word that she said.

Despite her busy schedule she would find time to cook.
She loved to cook rice and grams. Occasionally she would
make vegetable manchurian to show us that she knew many
other dishes. She was a cook par excellence.

At home she was a different person altogether. Bubbling
with life... she loved to hear [flautist] Pandit Hari
Prasad Chaurasia, who seemed to be her favourite. She
loved to hear Indian classical. She also liked old film
songs by Lata, Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh. She heard
singers like Begum Akhtar as well.

She was not particularly fond of any particular Indian
actor but she loved to see old films once in a while.

She was an extrovert and loved to talk. Her mantra was
'reach for the stars'.

She was very grateful to her mother Sanjukta Chawla. She
told us: 'But for my mother I would not have been here.
My father was not very happy when I decided to go for
flying and later chose aeronautical engineering as my
subject. My mother would put her foot down and support
me. This gave me tremendous confidence and I decided to
carve out my own course. I left India in 1982 against the
wishes of my family members to continue my studies in the
United States and here I am today. My family is now with
me and I am happy about it.'

She told Gaurav Goel to complete his basic studies and
get in touch with her... she said she would sponsor his
studies in the US.

She had no time for fashion or things like that. She
would be clad in jeans and shirts most of the time. She
loved to wear black sometimes.

She told us that she wanted to visit India. But that did
not happen... I salute my brave didi.

Nitika Gogia is a student of Tagore Bal Niketan, from
where Kalpana Chawla did her early education