India has many big cities. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, etc. are some of them. But 80 per cent of our population lives in the villages.
A person from the rural area may find himself lost in a big city. Life in a city looks attractive and glamorous. People are progressive. They are constantly keeping abreast with the developments in the world and even the government takes care to see that the big cities begin to look like any other big city in the world.
This is a desirable attitude to the extent that it keeps India modern and any foreigner coming to this land begins to realize that we are after all not a country of only snake charmers and elephants, as was the impressions in the West until a few years ago.
Cities provide job opportunities to people and we find thousand of villagers moving to the cities to get employment.
However, one finds that on comparison village life is a more peaceful one. In cities most people live like strangers. A city dweller works from morning till night. He seldom finds time to socialize because he has long office hours. There is the problem of commuting.
Distances are long and to keep any appointment in a big city is difficult. People get stuck in traffic jams and have to also stand in line for hours waiting for a bus to arrive. Buses are packed with people and there is a lot of harassment. People become aggressive. Each man feels the need to satisfy his own need for comfort at the cost on his neighbour.
Facilities are limited everywhere and there are too many people to avail of these facilities. This causes trouble at railway stations, in trains, at cinema theaters, in buses and at petrol stations. Man has become materialistic and selfish in a big city.
Nature is neglected and even if one wants to enjoy the peace that comes with nature he cannot. Tall buildings obstruct the view of the stars in the sky. Pollution makes the air thick and city dwellers suffer from respiratory trouble.
A man of the city is a product of his artificial surroundings. He becomes insensitive to the needs of his fellow men. One cannot blame him because everyman has to nurture his own family and the pressure of the city life makes it impossible for anyone to even have the time to stop and look at his neighbour. Children get neglected because both their parents work and often have long office hours. Schools are more demanding and children are burdened with heavy bags.
Despite all these, the city still holds our interest as it promises a life of action and progress. There are unlimited opportunities. Any one, who wants to, can grab these opportunities and improve their lifestyle.
Life in a big city
Life in a big city is artificial. Man is completely cut off from nature. He has no contact with the sun, the moon and the stars. Life in a city is no doubt comfortable, but the happiness is not found in cities. People in a city are always in a hurry. They do not find joy in living. They work like the slaves according to a fixed routine. They are mere feeling fewer machines. They are mad after the material comforts of life. They have no peace of mind. They have pale faces and sunken eyes. Many of the city people live in crowded areas. They don’t inhale fresh air. Some of the industrial cities are very dirty. Karana, the bigger city of Pakistan, is said to be the dirties city of the world. Even Kolkata is a very dirty city. The city people are selfish, greedy and cunning. They may dress well and have very good manners. But they are selfish creatures. City dwellers live a life of fever and fret.
Life in a city is a mixture of opposites. On the one hand there are very tall buildings. Oh the other hand is dirty slums. Wealth and poverty live side by side in cities. People die or starvation and overeating in cities. Beautiful buildings exist side by side with smoky factories.
Cities have some attraction which villages do not have. For this reason many people in the villages leaves for cities. All the amenities of modern life are available in cities. We can have the best education in a city. Cities are the centers of trade and industry. People do not feel lonely or bored in a city. There are several recreational facilities available in a city. There are good hospitals and libraries in a city. But these facilities are lack in gin villages. Cities are also centers of political activities.
We can say that life in a big city is a mixture of joys and sorrows. All the comforts of life are available in a city. Burt a city is full of evil thighs as well. There are brothels and gambling dens which have influence on the lives of young men.
Essay No. 2
Life in a Big City
No doubt, life in a big city is very hot and full of glamour but the dark side behind it is far more fearful. The noise and the bustle, the smoke and dust, the air of haste and unrest bewilder a countryman. A man who lives in the country finds city life most unpleasant. Accustomed to all his days to take life easily he feels himself an alien. He loses his hearings amidst the unceasing noise and feels in a state of high tension.
But a man born and bred in the city has different feelings altogether. He is accustomed to this crowd and “busy hum of men” and he makes quick adjustments with the problems and complications each day brings forth before him. Life to him is an exciting adventure, full of novelty and unexpectedness at every turn.
With the rising unemployment in rural areas and more and more people getting good education, the population in big cities is increasing day by day. More and more people come to cities for opportunities in business, higher education, jobs and specialist medical aids. The growing presence of multinationals in cities like Delhi, Bombay, Kolkata and the like attracts thousands of youth to seek employment in them. The expansion of business opportunities is also inviting lots of people to the cities. Thus the hustle and bustle, noise, pollution is increasing day by day in cities. The big cities are expanding day by day on all sides where hundreds of housing colonies are developing along with many business establishments. The older residents of these cities prefer to settle in outside areas to escape noise and pollution of the main city. In spite of all the problems of the cities people continue struggling all their lives to work in this environment of busy hum. Everyone is busy. None has time to even talk to his neighbour or relative. Everyone lives his individual life. The social contacts are absent. The lust for money is increasing day by day. The value of properties has gone sky- up. There is no value of life. Accidents happen everywhere every day. This is a mad- rush. People aspire for a whiff of fresh air. People have no time to take rest. They cannot sleep soundly because of the tension of work and competition. Everyone does his work in the hardest competition truth and honesty is very rare in big cities. You are liable to be cheated at every stage , so you also prefer to cheat others. This is mad – race for false prestige and power. Everyone wants to reach the top by hook or crook. Delicacies are rampant in big cities. Duplicate of everything is available. Duplicate medicines, clothes, toys, machines, watches, cameras, spare parts, electric and electronic equipment are available everywhere. It is very difficult to find out the genuine and reject the duplicate.
In spite of all this there is a strange attraction of life in cities which keeps people stick to them. Besides, the opportunities of employment and bread – earning are easily available if you are person to work and show you excellence, the big cities provide big careers for the diligent professionals. They reach the top as the opportunities are many.