From Sarees to Stripes: True Stories of Commercial Women Pilots in India

From Sarees to Stripes: True Stories of Commercial Women Pilots in India

Author : Captain Manisha M. Puri

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Rs. 799
Classification Non Fiction
Pub Date November 2021
Imprint Amaryllis
Page Extent 282 + 40 color Photo pages
Binding Hardback
Language English
ISBN 9789390924752
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About the Book

“Tantalizing, true stories of Indian women aviators who broke the glass ceiling and paved the way for future generations. ‘From Sarees to Stripes’ is a compelling read which establishes that it is no more a man’s world up there in the sky.”
– Gunjan Saxena, former IAF officer and first female Indian combat pilot to serve in a war zone


Straighten your seat, fasten your seatbelts, keep the tray table upright, and enjoy your flight! As you hear this announcement inside an aeroplane, how do you respond when it turns out that the captain/commander is a woman? Are you surprised, concerned or perhaps impressed? Women pilots have overcome extraordinary challenges to be where they are and their stories need to be told.
‘From Sarees to Stripes’ stems from experiences – both personal as well as those that numerous other women had, the challenges faced by them, and how they broke the glass ceiling every time. The stories of these women pilots weave together a narrative full of India’s aviation history, behind-the-scenes drama and the determination with which they fought all odds to realise their dreams. Starting from the mid-1930s to the millennials, the book covers the pioneers in this field. These women boast several firsts in the industry, one of which is being hired as pilots to fly for Indian Airlines, the airline that was the first to induct women as pilots as early as 1966, paving the way for many more.

About the Author(s)

Captain Manisha Mohan Puri feels blessed to be a pilot, a profession that has made her what she is today – disciplined, focused, daring, fearless and ready to take on any challenge life throws at her. Having flown both Boeings and Airbuses as a commercial pilot with Air India, it gives her immense joy to talk about flying and related topics. Born in Kolkata, brought up in Bhopal and Chandigarh, and having lived in the USA during flight training, Manisha has travelled extensively as part of her profession. Today, Manisha, after having taken voluntary retirement, is a mentor to young children and helps them work towards achieving their goals and making their dreams come true. ‘From Sarees to Stripes’ is her first book.

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