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Author: Susmita

Susmita has juggled diverse roles in real estate, project budgeting, valuation and execution on construction sites. Having traveled to more than 20 countries, she has worked across 4 regions in India. When on the go, she likes to run and swim a kilometer or two. At rest, she likes to read. A lot. And if it's legit to say it, Susmita is a 'prolific' cook & foodie too. She is the founder of LocalFeedback.Org.
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Two vastly different Italian Cafes in Gurgaon!

Onesta and AMPM Cafe, both opened newly in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. Both serve Italian and Continental, but are vastly dissimilar.

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Participatory Planning for Rural Architecture

Participatory Architecture for the Rural Community

Let’s talk about community involvement in the building process. This feature post is based on a presentation by Architects PK Das & Peu Banerjee, who have designed and executed several projects in Rural parts of India and other countries.

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Rajendra Place, New Delhi, India – 88.1%

Susmita says – “Rajendra Place has a variety of office spaces, mainly comprising banks and financial services firms. The cleanliness could be improved massively, as there is litter in several corners.”
Overall Rating – 2/3
Overall Score – 88.1%
Duration of Use – Visitor

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Fashion Under 5 – Style Advice for Shorter Women – The First Post

“Less than 5 feet tall, and looking for clothes under $5? Well, that’s me! Though in India it is mostly everyday clothing priced below INR 500, or formal wears below 5000 i look for. I like to dress well, but spending too much on fashion that keeps changing isn’t really my thing.”

Procrastination or … Parallel Productivity?

All this while i finished the “in-between” tasks at a faster rate because i had to “get back to editing images”.  Procrastinating helped me achieve a sort of “parallel productivity”!

A Home, An Institution

You may be surprised to know, between Year-0 and Year-35 (well almost!), people from over 10 Indian states have stayed in our home at different points of time. Officially as tenants, but more like extended family. Knit together by a sense of bonding for which the full credit goes to my parents.

Filmy inspiration from a ‘veteran’ Uber driver!

An Uber i rode in Gurgaon, while returning from office in August 2017, was driven by a ‘veteran’ driver who had worked for famous film directors like Satyajit Ray and Richard Attenborough. The 55 minutes ride became a lively conversation on professional ethics and humility!

Why the Next few Weekends are the best time to be in Lodhi Garden

Because Winter is not fully gone. And you will see brilliant Sunshine, and Fountains and beautiful Flowers in full bloom! And memorable picnics, gymming, running and outings with your loved ones! Even thought-provoking Street Plays if you happen to get in on a Sunday afternoon. I share some useful parking hacks too!

Marienplatz, Munich, Germany – 93.3%

Susmita says – “This is the heart of the ‘city with a heart’! You get an overpowering feeling of joy after stepping out into the plaza in front of the beautiful Rathaus. Got something for everybody!”
Overall Rating – 3/3
Overall Score – 93.3%
Duration of Stay – Multiple short visits

Review of Fort, Mumbai, India – 88.10%

Susmita says: “This is a quaint office area in Mumbai, where BSE and Dalal Street coexist with narrow lanes and time-tested structures which house all types of offices from CAs, Law firms, TATAs (Bombay House) to global banks, brokerage houses, publishers and branded retail. On weekdays after 7, when the offices shut, you are mostly on your own, in the company of some very charming restaurants and bakeries to look out for!”
Overall Rating – 3/3
Overall Score – 88.10%
Duration of Use – 6 months to 3 years

Stiftsbogen (Shrofelhofstrasse), Munich, Germany – 96%

Anonymous says – “A very relaxing and calm residential locality, ideal for students, elderly and families. Beautiful pathways and walkways amidst trees and greenery. Edeka store, mobile and print shop, a couple of restaurants, and many other utility shops like tailor/grocery/bakery/fresh fruit shop were closeby.”
Overall Rating – 3/3
Overall Score – 96%
Duration of Stay – Less than 6 months

Four all-time Favorite Winter Treats

At the start of the week i thought winter in Delhi was behind us, when it rained on Monday and got colder! Again it was time for some old-fashioned bonfire… AND simple-to-cook winter treats.

Reusing-Recycling Bottles and Boxes

So what could we do with all the plastic food delivery boxes and bottles from Rawleaf and Faasos? Turn them into beautiful table pieces! Minimizing our plastic footprint has a huge impact!