My Favorite City: (Article, Essay, Summary, Cue Card)

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For a person who has lived in over 3 cities and has traveled to a lot more, it would be really difficult to answer a question like “Which is your favorite city?” Simply for the reason that every city has a different setting and a different sort of importance to the person. While one place may be his favorite because of the people who live there; the other may be beautiful in its most natural sense. While one place may be ‘home’; the other may be a safe haven.  And yet among all these cities and locations, if thought about carefully enough, one can easily point out the city he/she likes best. And so when I was asked about my favorite city, my mind was filled with a whirlwind of places and the memories made in those cities. But in the end, there was the only place that I could finalize on, and that is Gwalior. Not my hometown, nor my current residence; and yet Gwalior is the one place that I can call Home. And for me my favorite place to be in is anywhere I’m comfortable in.

History of Gwalior

Gwalior is a small yet major city in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Known for its history and the stories that unfolded, Gwalior has been ruled by a variety of rulers ranging from the Tomars to the Mughals. But during the independence era, this city was being ruled by the Scindias, who are still treated with respect and in a very royal fashion. The city hosts a series of forts and palaces, and the Gwalior fort has been described as a ‘pearl in the necklace of the castles of India’.

This city is a favorite of mine for a variety of reasons. Having spent a majority of my childhood there, whenever my heart craves for something that is comfortable and mine, Gwalior is the one place that I run off to. The forts and the palaces, and the stories that resound amidst their walls fill me with a comfort that no one else can provide. The environment of the city, the soft canopies on random roads and the sudden rainbows that grace those skies; somehow make living in a climate as extreme as that of Gwalior, worth it. I love the city because of the people there, the small town behavior of the citizens; where everyone knows everyone and one’s troubles is that of the other. The people here are so hospitable and warm that staying around them exudes another sort of feeling itself.


Probably a reason as to why I love the city so much is because of the past that I have associated with the city. Overly attached to my family, ever since my childhood, Gwalior was the one place that had all of my family and friends. Gwalior has and will always be the one place that has the memories of my past and is the one city that I can always fall back on.

I’m sure every city has got a story of its own. Every city attracts a huge number every day and they leave behind traces, some beautiful and some tragic. That’s where one could easily draw a comparison between life and a city. A city is no less than home and home is where we go on to build memories and leave behind a story. A story is what acts as the prestigious memoir every city you’ve ever lived in or visited has got to offer you. Despite the feeling of warmth or otherwise, every city has something in it that makes you feel home.

Describe a City You have Visited /
Describe Your Favourite City.

You should say:

  • what is the name and where is it
  • when you visited it.
  • why did you like it
  • what are the attractive places of this city

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