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Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 3: Emotional Support

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 3: Emotional Support

January 2, 2017

For as long as I can remember, I have been a traveler. The exhilaration of being on the move has trumped inclinations of stability in my personal and professional life. For ten years, my life choices seamlessly integrated airports and train stations into class assignments, work commitments and family responsibilities. And then I got married. […]

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 2: Food

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 2: Food

October 2, 2016

For travelers from India, the first sign of cultural diffusion in Trinidad is the prevalence of “doubles”. “Doubles” are two deep fried bread pieces served with chana (chickpeas curry). In India, “doubles” is called chana batura and it’s considered a sit-down meal. In Trinidad, “doubles” is street food. So imagine my pleasant and very appreciate […]

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 1: Health

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 1: Health

August 16, 2016

I came to Trinidad armed with a suitcase and a backpack, ready to plunge myself into THE FIELD. I was going to own it. I was confident Trinidad was for my taking. Beware, you feisty, carnivalesque woman. I was coming with energy to match.   The three and a half years leading up to January […]

I am a Jill of many trades,

Master of one.

I use anthropology to cure evil,

Save princes in towers, 

Listening, observing, interpreting are my superpowers.

TESTIMONIALS

Kizzann Lee Sam, Regional Program Manager, CARILED

“Taapsi is a chameleon in social interactions, able to integrate seamlessly into cultures by playing on her strengths as a global traveller. Her work with CARILED helped to create a qualitative baseline for some of our communities and support the work of local authorities in promoting local economic development initiatives.”

Kizzann Lee Sam, Regional Program Manager, CARILED
Julia Cowing, UX and Design Researcher, Bloomberg LP

“I learned so much from Taapsi and I would would work with her again in a heartbeat. Through Taapsi’s persona development at FactSet, our group had a clearer picture of the different user types to help understand user goals, motivations, and behavior patterns. Taapsi’s research will ultimately help prod-dev app teams focus on users’ day-to-day needs and goals, and build applications to fit those needs and goals. Taapsi also has an extraordinary talent: Presenting. I imagine that if Taapsi were to present to the most obdurate group of senior executives, she will have them leaving informed, motivated and prompted to action.”

Julia Cowing, UX and Design Researcher, Bloomberg LP
Ida Abedon, VP of Administration and Marketing, FAE Consulting

Taapsi and I helped start Mela Artisans, where she oversaw India’s operations. As President of Mela Artisans overseeing the US operations, I relied on Taapsi for pretty much everything that had to take place in India. She was the ultimate team player as she combined a sharp intellect with a keen ability to getting things done. She had unlimited enthusiasm and energy. She was also a creative thinker and many of her creative ideas were implemented. Without a doubt, she played a crucial role towards the successful launch of Mela Artisans! I truly enjoyed working with Taapsi.

Ida Abedon, VP of Administration and Marketing, FAE Consulting
Navroze Mehta, Founder and CEO, Mela Artisans

“Taapsi was our first country manager at Mela Artisans. She was amazing! Creative and talented and with the ability to just get things done. As a start up and especially working in India which has its own challenges, Taapsi really helped launch Mela and create an important socially responsible brand and also allow us to impact the lives of thousands of artisans. She is a very special person that will always be part of the Mela family!”

Navroze Mehta, Founder and CEO, Mela Artisans
Takiyah De Four, Development Economist, invesTT Trinidad and Tobago

“I worked with Taapsi on her work with the Caribbean Local Economic Program (CARILED). She was detail focused and completed all deliverables in a timely manner. She was definitely an asset to the project in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Takiyah De Four, Development Economist, invesTT Trinidad and Tobago