Touch the sun
Kolkata-born Indian American astrophysicist Madhulika Guhathakurta has been fascinated by the stars from a young age. Presently working at NASA she leads many signature programmes, particularly researches on the sun. She speaks to SPAN magazine writer Natasa Milas about her passion
Challenging the waves
Age is no bar for Sucheta Jadhav who at 50 has done a trans-Atlantic crossing recently. Based in Goa where she has a day job that helps to pursue her passion, she has learnt sailing in the last two years. This is her own story, told first hand
Aparna Kumar becomes the first Indian woman to conquer world's 8th highest peak Manaslu in Nepal. Vincent Van Ross listens to the exciting journey of the IPS officer and mother of two who earlier scaled Mt. Everest
The Fortnight on Elimination of Violence Against Women, mandated by a UN declaration, begins on 25 November and ends onInternational Human Rights Day, 10 December. Violence against women still continues worldwide, including India, but women are also fighting back, reports Aninnya Sarkar
Sex has always been a part of the web, be it internet pornographic sites or sites providing users with voyeuristic opportunities. However, of late, users have moved on from being the conventional mute watcher for a more interactive role. Models too have benefited from this. Thus allowing webcamming and cosplays to flourish. Sudipto Maity reports
Many women in America or other western countries are choosing out-of-hospital childbirth, much to the dismay of insurance companies. In less developed countries such as India, out-of-hospital births are usually not a choice but a necessity. But even in that country, some upper-class women are joining the natural birth trend. Elizabeth Cassidy, Sarah Wynn and Aninnya Sarkar report from USA and India. Multimedia by Rachel Thomas