Researcher’s social capital: Liaising with local actors for effective ethnographic research

Having a good relationship with a local NGO helped me participate in severalevents not strictly related to my research. Seen above, women dancing on Women\’s Day to kill time before the formal event began. They sang local songs,spun in giddy circles and all in all entertained everyone around! The doing of research is something thatContinue reading “Researcher’s social capital: Liaising with local actors for effective ethnographic research”

PhD Tips: Second Year or Fieldwork as a Planned Adventure

When I wrote out tips for First year PhD students, I didn\’t realise it would become the most viewed post on my blog (nearly 1200 views to date!). Between picking up a new job, relocating back to India, and getting used to post-PhD life (who knew I\’d miss it so?!), I found myself going throughContinue reading “PhD Tips: Second Year or Fieldwork as a Planned Adventure”

PhD Tips: First Year or Becoming a Researcher

The pre-viva thesis ready for binding I recently defended my thesis successfully. That I can call myself Dr. Singh is both an exhilarating and alarming feeling. What a way to end the year! As 2013 drew to a close,I reflected on my doctoral journey and realised what a beautiful, nerve-racking, stimulating, and tumultuous journey it has been:Continue reading “PhD Tips: First Year or Becoming a Researcher”

My journey so far

Retrospective narrations of one’s journey can be misleading. Its linear format is inherently deceptive because an ordered layout assumes clarity and purpose, when life itself is often a jumbled back and forth of trial and error. And though it is slightly disconcerting to ‘review’ one’s life at the age of 26, I will try. TheContinue reading “My journey so far”

Humble beginnings: What do Jogilal Meena’s mittens have to do with my PhD?

When I started my Ph.D., I thought I had clear ideas. I was going to understand water scarcity and how it affected farmers. I was going to try and figure out why the crores of rupees the Indian government spent on water management programmes across the nation were yielding unsatisfactory results. I had studied aboutContinue reading “Humble beginnings: What do Jogilal Meena’s mittens have to do with my PhD?”

Where again?

Map of Pratapgarh, Rajasthan\’s newest district, carved in 2008 from neighbouring Udaipur, Chittorgarh, and Banswara in the southeast ofthe state.   It is tough to explain to people where Pratapgarh, the location of my field research is. Traveling from Delhi, Pratapgarh seems to be at the very end of the earth and for once, I am not evenContinue reading “Where again?”