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History of Kalpana Chawla

Updated on September 5, 2013

Kalpana chwala Career

Kalpana Chawla an Indian born American astronaut. She was born in Karnal, Haryana, India. She was one of the seven crew members of space shuttle Columbia STS-107, the shuttle disaster when reentry into the earth atmosphere. Kalpana name meaning is “Idea” or “Imagination”. Her interest in flight inspired by J.R.D tata, a pioneer Indian piolet.

Kalpana Chawla was born in the family of three elder sisters and one younger brother. Since childhood, she was unusual in everything. Kalpana Chawla was born in 1st July 1962. Even as a child, she showed her independent nature and she ever selected her own “Monto” at home. When her elder sister Sunita and her aunt took Kalpana for admission to near by school, Principal asked her name. Sunita replied they had three name in her mind – Kalpana, Sunaina and Jyotsna, but they were yet to decide. And the principal asked the little girl(Kalpana) as to which name would she prefer. She attended Tagore Bal Niketan school. Karnal is one of the few Indian town with flying clubs. It was called “Karnal Aviation club”. Here small Pushpak planes take off and land. Kalpana was fantastically attracted toward the Pushpak planes and had a joyride aboard on Pushpak. She became excited as child ever she saw planes and talk about them. Kalpana also wrote poetry and danced at annual day celebration. As she grew into the young women, she cut her hair short and never put any make up on face. Whenever any visitor asked her what she wanted to become in life she quickly reply “flight engineer”. She thought flight engineer designed aero plan as nobody had explained that flight engineer navigate the planes. Kalpana decided her career an astronautical at early age and joined Punjab engineering college at 1978. She was the first girl register in the astronautical engineering course.

She moved to USA and continued her study in 1982 Master of science degree in aerospace engineering from the university of texas. Kalpana Chawla earned second master degree in PhD in aerospace engineering in 1988 from the University of Colardo.

Kalpana Chawla got the license of gliders, sea planes, multiengine planes and single engine planes.

Nasa Career Of Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla was selected by the Nasa in December 1994. Her first attempt in Nasa was failure. She was not selected when she applied first time. In her second attempt she passed the written test and selected for the NASA Job. Kalpana Chawla joined Johnson Space center in March 1995 as an astronaut candidate in the 15thgroup of astronauts.

She was one of the 5 women of total 23 selected. She alo undergo medical and physiological test and interviews. After completing training and evaluation she was assigned as crew representative for astronaut office. In November 1996 Kalpana Chawla assigned as mission specialist and prime robotic arm operator.

After whole experience Kalpana knew she become first Indian women travel in space and her name would be joined in part of Indian history. It had been long journey from karnal to space. She flew on STS- 87 in 1997.

Kalpana Chawla final space mission with NASA yet again. Her mission this time was as scientist. Kalpna Chawla assigned as flight engineer and mission specialist for STS-107. In 2000 Kalpana was again selected for her second flight, as a crew of STS-107.The mission was again and again scheduling due to inconvenience and technical conflicting and ultimately they pushed the lunch date at 16 January 2003. The launch went off perfectly. And chawla’s family was in Huston to witness of launch.

STS -107 flights was dedicated science and research mission. All astronauts works 24 hours in 2 alternative shifts and crew successfully conducted 80 experiments.

Death of Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla died in space shuttle of Columbia disaster which occurred on 1st February 2003. As repeated radio calls from the mission control office to shuttle crews unanswers. Moreover Columbia had not reported to Kennedy space center immediately before it was expecting to landing.

The shuttle loose all the contacts with NASA at 9.A.M as it came for landing. STS-107 mission ended up on 1st February 2003 when 16 minutes are left to scheduling entry.

Kalpana Chawla As Inspiration

Kalpana was from the small town and dare to dream big and chase them. kalpana lived simple life with no frills. Kalpana supprted shorts hair and worn jeans even when she was in India. she had no even Non sense attitude.She was strict veterinarian.

Someone asked her about her experience on space, she said: "the only thing i feel my thoughts, there is nothing else touching me, telling me i have limbs.It's so natural, it's not anything special"

She is great inspiration for every youth.Next generation must carry the Kalpana chawla's tourch, the tourch of knowledge handed over to them.

Kalpana chawla inspire the young in believe in themselves and achieve highest goal.

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      ikbal bahr barbhuiya 3 years ago

      thanks for your daring.

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      riya 3 years ago

      Kalpana chwla is my inspiration

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      kiara 3 years ago

      I love Kalpana Chawla.

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      shweta 3 years ago

      great lady

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      amu kutty 3 years ago

      I love kalpana chawla

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      jonshon 2 years ago

      Gave me inspiration

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      Kalpana chawla is my inpiration

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      Abirami. 2 years ago

      I Like her very much.

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      miruthu 2 years ago

      An ideal of me I Love her

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      Kalpana chawla is space in this category

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      sanju 2 years ago

      I love kalpana chawla

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      vino 2 years ago

      Ilike very much kalpana chawla

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      ayush Saxena 2 years ago

      Every one be like her. Never give up

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      roshy 2 years ago

      ur my role model chawla

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      manasa nov17 2 years ago

      every one has our own talent....pls show to all..

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      ARTHI 2 years ago

      I LOVE KALPANA CHAWLA.......

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      deepika 2 years ago

      I LIKE HER VERY MUCH

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      khushboo mishra 2 years ago

      my idle kalpna chawla

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      komal 2 years ago

      my role model

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      Abu 2 years ago

      Best women

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      Geethanjali 2 years ago

      i love you brave KALPANA

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      bhavani 2 years ago

      I like kalpana chawla very much.

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      gyanparkash 2 years ago

      I proud of this girls

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      jezira 2 years ago

      she is great indian women

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      Monisha 2 years ago

      I Love So Much Kalpana Chawla

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      saranya 2 years ago

      i like kalpana chawla.....i too born in 1st july 1994......................

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      Niranjan sattur 2 years ago

      I like chawala

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      she is one of the best woman in the world 2 years ago

      She is one of the best woman in the world

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      babita 2 years ago

      Love u so much

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      shahanshah 2 years ago

      I love kalpana maam

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      charanjeet kaur 2 years ago

      really she is brave girl....

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      Ranju.Rajesh 2 years ago

      I love u kalpana chawala

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      Rajesh and Ranju 2 years ago

      I love u kalpana chawala

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      spandana 2 years ago

      I LIKE KALPANA CHAWLA BECAUSE SHE HAS DONE EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN SPACE

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      abi 2 years ago

      she is very beautiful.i love her very much

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      mahesh bharti 2 years ago

      II can't live freedom is you "kalpana chawla

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      nancy 2 years ago

      U r my role model .. I lv u

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      lekshmi 2 years ago

      the owner of a nice character and of a wonderful personality.

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      Jatinder singh from chandiani khurd 2 years ago

      She is very intelligent that's why i love her

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      chellam 2 years ago

      Once again we want in India

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      tabassum khan 2 years ago

      she is very great and intelligent so i love k.c very much

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      bobby rinky sonu 2 years ago

      Great job kalpana chawla

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      akshay gite 2 years ago

      I love my cantrry and so like you calpna chavla.

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      ansar 2 years ago

      she is a brave women

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      mahesh bharti 2 years ago

      I miss you the big indian human

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      varun 2 years ago

      I,m feeling proud.becoz she has done the brave thing..and she is Indian.she is really great inspiration for every one.I like kalpana chawla very much..

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      arpita singh 2 years ago

      Brave lady every one should like her

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      arpita singh 2 years ago

      Brave lady every one should like her

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      susmita 2 years ago

      She is wonderful lady

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      susmita 2 years ago

      Oh god I am loving her too much. She is my inspiration.

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      Santhosh kumar 2 years ago

      l love Kalpana chawla .You are my role model!

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      pravinkumar 2 years ago

      i love kalpana

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      Geet platia 2 years ago

      Once again we want in india..i love kalpana chawla....

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      nishasen 2 years ago

      Nice girl in the world

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      nathiya 2 years ago

      I love kalpana chawla.you are my role model.

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      Tushar Rajput 2 years ago

      U did a great job

      Our country always proud of u......

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      sagar 2 years ago

      you are great..........

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      radha 2 years ago

      i like this lady's bravery

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      karthikeyan 2 years ago

      what a wowoman wow!

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      chinnu 2 years ago

      she is really the proud daughter of our world.

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      Karishma 2 years ago

      Wonderful job kalpana.....u rock

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      .. 2 years ago

      I hate kalpana

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      rina shukla 2 years ago

      you are great

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      akila 2 years ago

      KALPANA CHAWLA is the INSPIRATION of YOUNG INDIANS and I LOVE HER

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      bhaskaran 2 years ago

      i like kalpanachawla very much

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      lavanya 2 years ago

      kalpanachwala is very famous in india

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      vijayakumar 2 years ago

      kalpana is my own sister

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      sridevi 2 years ago

      kalpana you done a goodjob

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      prabhu 2 years ago

      i hate kalpana very very much

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      jeni 2 years ago

      Extraa ordinary performanc she did never destroys in memory. I love my role model kalpana..

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      nagasree 2 years ago

      I like kalpana chwala so much .why? because I want to be nasa its my goal . I want to be a greate person in the futher .i thank ful to god,my mom,my dad,&,my sister . my age is 15 .bye

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      kartho 2 years ago

      Add Your Comment...

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      sachin 2 years ago

      very good condition and the rest

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      manu 2 years ago

      she storn my heart

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      suresh kumar 2 years ago

      I like this woman

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      RITU 2 years ago

      she is very nice I like it

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      megha 2 years ago

      niceeeee

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      priyanka 2 years ago

      I love kalpna chawla

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      Raj delhi 2 years ago

      i like kalpna chawla love you

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      ananth 2 years ago

      I love kalpana so much

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      sunita 2 years ago

      I love kalpana chawala

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      I like kalpana chawla

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      Vinoosh. b 2 years ago

      The greet kalpana chawla

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      Zarna Kakadiya 2 years ago

      KALPANA CHAWLA is heart touching nd inspiring..I love her.

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      anusha 2 years ago

      I love thr soon much

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      vijaya 2 years ago

      I love kalpana chawla

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      taaz 2 years ago

      Brave

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      vidya 2 years ago

      My child said I want to be like KALPANA CHAWLA

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      vidya 2 years ago

      My child said I want to be like KALPANA CHAWLA

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      Anitha.D 2 years ago

      I like so much kalpana chawala...

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      pri nithi abi..... 2 years ago

      she is beautiful girl....we like her vry much

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      aishwarya and aisha pani 2 years ago

      i like kalpana chawla very much because she is a very smart lady and my mother sucheta udgata and father rashmi are very grateful for kalpana

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      aishwarya and aisha pani 2 years ago

      i like kalpana chawla very much because she is a very smart lady and my mother sucheta udgata and father rashmi are very grateful for kalpana

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      simmi and rainy pani 2 years ago

      i like kalpana chawla very

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      savita samant 2 years ago

      I lv my country ....ndd salutee kalpna chawalaa...

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      gulabi 2 years ago

      salute 2 u kp

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      angelien mahi 2 years ago

      i love kalpana chawla

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      chaiti 2 years ago

      I love kalpanachavala

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      tofik 2 years ago

      I love kalpana cha...

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      jaya arya 2 years ago

      kalpana chawla you are my role model .

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      kingkhan8786@gmail.com 2 years ago

      I liked klpna ji.....aosome...very inteligent girl...i miss u ...klpna..ji...

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      shibsankar sahoo 2 years ago

      I shealut u kalpana didi....u r gret INDIAN daughter

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      simran sidhu 2 years ago

      I love Kalpana Chawla

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      glory N 2 years ago

      she is strong & hard working women.....WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ravia 2 years ago

      I love you kalpana chawla

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      sailabala udgata from simi 2 years ago

      i love you kalpana chawla . she is a very simple and beautiful lady .i like to you . that's all thank you .

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      sailabala udgata from simi 2 years ago

      i love you kalpana chawla . she is a very simple and beautiful lady .i like to you . that's all thank you .

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      navjot dhillon 23 months ago

      Proud of cuntry(kapana)

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      isha 23 months ago

      good job

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      Shelly karla jbl 23 months ago

      She inspired me about her hardworking.........she was the voice of India.....

      I like her toooooooo much...

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      Tarachand barik 23 months ago

      She is a great woman

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      Sukanya 23 months ago

      I like your smile. I wish your lefted dreams should become true. hatsoff to you.....well done......!!

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      arthi 23 months ago

      I like

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      ravia 23 months ago

      She is great woman

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      sunny khatri 23 months ago

      I miss u kalpana chawla i love kalpana ji

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      umesh supare 23 months ago

      U were so we this

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      Arvind kumar 22 months ago

      Indians are great

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      saba sarang 22 months ago

      kalpana chawla is bal

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      DANYA 22 months ago

      I MISS YOU KALPANA AND I LIKE YOU VERY MUCH

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      chipu 21 months ago

      I like kalpana very much she is my role

      model

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      Sonu kumar meena 21 months ago

      i am sonu a student my wish i met kalpana chawla

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      Rachna jain 21 months ago

      Add your Comment...a great lady .

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      aditi 21 months ago

      I love kalpana ji and all of miss you

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      priyal 19 months ago

      I am inspired by KALPANA

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      YOGESH MISHRA 19 months ago

      MERA NAAM YOGESH MISHRA HE ME AAPNI BAT KO HAMARE DYOHESH KI JO MEHELA UNKA NAAM KALPANA CHABAL HE

      YOU ARE GOOD ME BHI UNKI TARHE BANNA CHAHATA HOU

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      dedeepya 18 months ago

      I like kalpana chawla v.v.much i was inspired her and i am proud to be an INDIAN

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      lakhveer 17 months ago

      I like u

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      khushboo chauhan 16 months ago

      I like her, she is great women . She is the inspiration of all

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      Lalit 12 months ago

      She is great women

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      Gopikaa 8 months ago

      She is the heroin of world

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