Whenever we moot over numerous cities of India and otherwise, I always wonder the type of city I would want to settle down in.
Will I prefer a Mumbai over a Banglore, a Chandigarh over a Jaipur, a Baroda over a NY or probably Paris over Ohio? You might allege that these cities are too different to be compared. Of course, how can one compare glamour and art of Paris to naturally beautiful Ohio? How do you juxtapose cities anyway? I think cities should be categorized based of what majority of the residents do for a living and which age group do majority people belong to. Other factors like climate, economy, infrastructure etc., they lead to this categorization.
Some people like big and happening cities where you have complete freedom from nosy neighbors, neighbors have too much dirt on their own sleeves so as to dig up yours. Some, on the other hand, like old cities where the way of living is still traditional and people are genuinely interested in each other’s life (and influence each other’s decisions) which ultimately means smaller cities with limited development and limited options for everything.
The question remains the same: To be a Big fish in the Small pond OR To be a Small fish in a Big Pond. Would you like to live in a big city where you have access to the best of the coffee shops and malls and beaches OR will you prefer a comparatively smaller country side city/town with limited options but, all the same, it is a place where you have an identity of your own, where you are not just another being.
Surely, there has to be a balance. Not many choose to live in a typical Indian village (over 80% people will know you no matter what) or a typical Upper East Manhattan (Unless you own some MNC, hardly 1% people will recognize you by face, forget knowing your name), but what does your choice inclines to – Big Fish in Small Pond OR Small Fish in Big Pond?
I am yet to figure it out for myself. How are you going to balance it for yourself?