Small Town Blues
2. Cost of living : Yes, being a small city, cost of living is very less...But then again choices are equally limited. Even if you are willing to shell out money, you will not get a spanking new house on rent - unlike in metros, where houses are built with the intention of giving it out on rent, in my city, you will only find really old houses or claustrophobic flats (where you have to literally jump from bed to bathroom as there will not be any space to walk around in the room) available for rent...Same applies to movies - movie tickets are dirt cheap - just 35rs for a balcony ticket...but the seats are dirty and the crowd dirtier....and there is no other choice.
3. Close knit community : This is the other major advantage touted by many...Yes, it is good to know that if and when disaster strikes you, there is a whole bunch of resources you can reach out to....but the price to pay for this one-off occurrence is too steep : On a day to day basis, you are expected to forego the notion of privacy and individuality. Your deepest secrets are topics of open discussion ('cos in a small town there are always far too many people with way too less work). And the society is extremely homogeneous with the result that even slight deviations in behaviour and thought are not only not tolerated, but also cruelly suppressed. The result : A stunned society which fails to explore new horizons.
My verdict : There are certain things in life which is only worth nostalgic value - my city is one such. It nurtures you carefully when you are dependent - in childhood and in old age. But your independent youth is best spent elsewhere. (of course when it drizzles there, you can reminisce about the magic of monsoons, when you are stuck in a traffic jam, you can reminisce about the greenery back home, when you take your girl friend out, you can sigh about the prices...) And return home when you are too old to enjoy the fast paced life !!!