alpana Chawla was born in a punjabi hindufamily at karnal,haryana, India.
She was born in Model Town
alpana inhindi means "imagination".
Her interest in flying was inspired by J.R.D tata,a pioneering Indian pilot and industrialist.
alpana has two sisters (Sunita & Deepa) and abrother (Sanjay). Being the youngest, the familymembers gave her the nickname ´Montuµ.
She met and married Jean-Pierre Harrison, aflying instructor and aviation writer, in 1983 andbecame a naturalized united state citizen in1990.