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Sucheta Kadethankav & Shrilal Shukla

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Sucheta Kadethankav & Shrilal Shukla

Born: 31 December 1977

She is an Indian information technology developer from Pune.

On 15 July 2011 she became the first Indian woman to walk across the Gobi Desert, a distance of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) in Mongolia, Asia’s largest desert.

She was part of a 13-member team from nine countries led by Ripley Davenport, the desert explorer, in the Gobi Desert 2011 expedition.

The guided expedition was supported by four-wheel drive truck, local Mongolian guides and 12 Bactrian camels.

She won the “India Adventure Race Enduro 3” award which involved cycling a distance of 180 kilometres (110 mi) and trekking over 80 kilometres (50 mi) including crossing of river. 

She has also received the Hirakani Award, Her name finds a place in the Limca Book of Records.

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Shrilal Shukla

Born: 31 December 1925

Died: 28 October 2011

He was a Hindi writer, notable for his satire.

He worked as a PCS officer for the state government of Uttar Pradesh, later inducted into the IAS. He has written over 25 books, including Raag Darbari, Makaan, Sooni Ghaati Ka Sooraj, Pehla Padaav and Bisrampur Ka Sant.

He has highlighted the falling moral values in the Indian society in the post independence era through his novels.

His writings expose the negative aspects of life in rural and urban India in a satirical manner. 

A television serial based on this continued for several months on the national network in the 1980s.

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