IELTS Essay: Is life in a big city difficult or more convenient

IELTS Essay Topic:

Some people believe that life in a big city is difficult while others say that it is more convenient.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Sample Answer:

Although many people believe that life in a metro city is a blessing, there are others who have a different point of view regarding this. In my perception, it is a matter of choice.

To begin with, many people assert that major developments are city-centric, which makes living in a city more convenient. The government always looks after the basic amenities of city dwellers and they get better transportation, amusement facilities, water and electricity supply which unfortunately is not available in rural areas. Furthermore, cities offer more job opportunities and earning bread and butter is easier in a developed city. Not only literates get better opportunities to work in multinational and big companies, but also many illiterate people work as security guards, car drivers, cooks and assistants in houses, shops and offices in a city. Malls, PVR’s, supermarkets remain under one shelter where they can go on weekends for necessary purchases and entertainments. Last but not least, in most of the villages, many students walk miles after miles on foot to go to schools, pupils in cities can save time and use more convenient transportation.

On the other hand, many people believe that urban life is complex. People do not have a strong social bond and remain busy in their own world, unlike a rural area. People have to work over 50 hours a week to bring food to their table and crimes are heinous in cities.

To conclude, I believe that cities have facilities that let us live a modern life but sometimes with the cost of our personal and social life. Hence, this is a choice we make either to live in a big city and enjoy modern facilities or live close to nature in a village where scarcity of modern amenities is obvious.

[Authored by – Rupinder Kaur]

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  2. Life in a metropolitan or tier-1 city has its own pros and cons. In my opinion, it is a matter of choice. I would like to highlight both the advantages and disadvantages of living in a metro city.

    First, I would like to start with positive sides of living in big cities, which are often called tier-1 cities. Big cities are blessed with all the basic amenities like good infrastructure, electricity and water supplies. Due to these facilities, the life of people has become very easy and convenient. Big cities, for instance, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi have better transport, infra and housing facilities. People can use multiple modes of transport – Bus, Metro, tram, cabs etc. to commute in a faster and comfortable way.

    The employment rate in urban cities is far better than smaller cities. The job market, work opportunities and wages are of high standards. So, earning a daily living is easier compared to rural cities. There are also lots of recreational and entertainment sources, for instance, amusement parks, resorts, cinemas, sports academy etc. in tier-1 cities compared to rural cities. Apart from entertainment facilities, people can enjoy other luxury amenities i.e., air conditioners, home theatres, washing machines, dish-washers etc. which have made people’s lives more convenient than the rural area.

    Now, coming to the disadvantages of living in big cities, the quality of air is very polluted in big cities – thanks to the population and a huge number of vehicles plying on roads. Due to urbanization and influx of people migrating to tier-1 cities, the natural resources like drinking water is getting depleted day by day as consumption of resources is way more than it is available.

    Food quality in modern cities is not better than rural areas because of food adulterations. Also, the happiness index in large cities is not so better than rural ones. The reason being is high pressuring jobs, no family time, long work hours and so on. Due to these reasons, the life in big cities has become monotonous and people are getting trapped into a rat race.

    To conclude, I believe that life in a big city is very comfortable and convenient but at the cost of healthy living. Hence, it is a choice which we have to make whether we want to live in big cities or far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    • “thanks to the population and a huge number of vehicles plying on roads.” I think you meant “due to” not ” thanks to”.

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