Swapna studied economics abroad in the US, and found it unnecessarily noncontextual. So she would wander off towards learning how she could use her learnings in the real world. When she came back to India, she engaged herself in on-ground socio-economic research, her work got recognized by organizations abroad who would invite her to work with them. These experiences broadened her scope and her exploration of fields like women & poverty research opened her eyes to the World’s problems. This also dragged her into the world of NGOs. One NGO approached her with an offer to become their director. Although surprised at first, she found herself involved with this organization and realized there were lots of problems and lots of work to do. She quit her day job to pursue this, ending up “stuck” with this NGO for 13 years!
At the age of 60, she decided to start Arpan Mukhopadhyay Memorial Trust (an organization which works for the poor learning-disabled children) in memory of her son Ali who inspite of being dyslexic, was an extremely talented painter/sketcher (his work published as a book sold more copies than forecasted).