Introduction: Village life refers to the life of rural people while city life refers to the life of urban people. Village life doesn’t consist of many facilities, but city life consists of a lot of facilities. In villages people are very helpful in nature, but in cities people living tend to be more selfish in their attitude. There are many other differences between village life and city life. There are pros and cons attached to both village life and city life. Here is a closer look at what each of these has to offer.
The Facility of Education: In big cities, there are good arrangements for education. The big college even universities are available. There are also a very large number of school both government and private in the big city. These arrangements do not exist in small towns and villages. Many villages do not have any schools or encompass only primary schools. People hesitate sending their children to towns and cities to seek education and hence most people in villages remain uneducated.
Medical Facility: Cities also provide sufficient medical facilities. Almost in every city, there are good hospitals in which the poor get free medicines and treatment. Many qualified doctors are also there to serve the sick and the suffering. Indeed lack of such medical arrangement is the main drawback of villages.
Language of Communication: Villages use their local language for communication. The village schools generally follow the vernacular medium for instruction. English is mostly alien language there. Villagers who migrate from the rural community to the city for the first time are at a loss of words due to poor knowledge in the common language of communication. Cities are the hybrid of languages, people and cultures. Thus to survive in a city, you have to know the common language to communicate with the people.
Amusement and Recreation: Cities also provide many opportunities for amusement and recreation. In every city, there are a number of cinema houses and multiplexes, where we can enjoy with family. Also, a number of restaurants and hotels are available for better food of variety. There are also many parks and gardens where we can enjoy the best natural beauty. Villages are always lacking such facilities.
The Opportunity of Employment: The most important advantages of cities are the availability of huge opportunity for employment. They are centers of trade and commerce as well as offices of many multinational companies. Persons with different qualifications can easily find jobs to suit them. In villages, employment is available mostly in farming. Due to farming, only seasonal jobs are available to a large population in villages.
Food: Food or the style of cooking is one of the most important aspects of any social system. Due to a busy life in the city, food is in sync with the lifestyle of the dwellers in the city. They do not spend much time on it and mostly it is a quick and simple affair. That is why there are innumerable food joints and takeaways in the city. City dining during the working days is just grabbing a bite.
On the other hand, villagers believe in homemade food by using homemade raw materials like cow dung balls, hays, and wood. In the village only people can find pure clarified butter, milk, and traditional dishes.
Natural Environment: It is fact villages are always natural due to be their self-creation by nature. On the other hand, most cities are manmade. Hence the natural environment of villages is their main attraction. In villages only we may have the charms of birds and flowers or the beauty of the day-dawn.
Pollution and Adulteration: City life is extremely unhealthy due to air pollution, water pollution, and noise pollution. The people are not getting fresh air to breathe or the clear sky to enjoy the sunshine. Also, food in the cities is dirty, unhealthy and adulterated. The villages are very much away from such drawbacks. People in the villages prefer walking down to the market, schools and other places or commute via cycle. There is hardly any car or motorcycle in the villages. Besides, there is no industrial pollution in the villages as farming is the main occupation there. This is the reason why these are less polluted.
Social Life: The social lives of most people in the city are restricted to the virtual world of social networking sites. People hardly have any time for themselves in the city. Parties, occasions and holidays are the only events where people get to meet their loved ones and relatives. Every day in the village, people come in contact and hence talk to each other directly. No one can remain strangers in the villages due to constant communication and interaction with a small number of populations.
Shopping and Entertainment: Shopping is a popular activity in the cities. There are large numbers of shopping malls that serve the success of this purpose. People from the villages come to the cities for shopping during any special occasion or festival. The city offers better quality and numerous options for the same product. The concept of malls has managed to get all types of customers with different requirements under one roof. For entertainment purposes also, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from the amusement parks, restaurants, pubs, exhibitions, clubs and movie theaters.
The villagers go to the local grocery shop that is within walking distance for their daily supplies. Moreover, the villages have fewer stores and are small in size. The villagers are often unaware of the type and name of the products that are ruling the cities. The concept of entertainment in the villages is different from the city. The people of the villages meet in the evening and discuss their social life and other important matters. Walking in the green fields with the loved ones, showering in the heavy rain, eating fruits directly from the trees, and socializing with fellow villagers are the different forms of entertainment in the village.
Population and Other Issues: In city life is very costly. People have to live with a lot of pomp and show. A simple life as in the villages is almost impossible in the city. Besides, the cities are over-crowded and it is very hard for people to get suitable accommodation. People in the city do not have much sympathy with others even with neighbors. The sympathy and close interdependence which is marked in the village’s life is entirely lacking in the city.
Conclusion: While the village life is considered stress-free compared to the city life, it has its set of disadvantages. Many villagers these days are shifting to cities to seek better jobs and raise their standard of living. There are positive as well as negative aspects of both. Therefore it is up to the individual to make the most of it irrespective of the rural or urban setting that one lives in. I, myself, like to live in a village in the close vicinity of a modern city so that I can enjoy the pleasures both of the city and the village.