IELTS Speaking part 1: Hometown

IELTS Speaking part 1: Hometown

Where is your hometown?

My hometown is Pinjore in Haryana state. It is in the northern part of India.

Is it easy to travel around your hometown?

My hometown has seamless connectivity. For local travel, there are many options like buses, cabs, and auto-rickshaws.

What do you like about it?

The fascinating thing about my hometown is its climate. It is neither too hot nor too cold. Moreover, there are a lot of places worth seeing, like Pinjore Gardens, The Bheema Devi Temple, and many more.

What do you not like about it?

Due to the burgeoning population, traffic congestion has become a pressing problem in my hometown. Sometimes, it takes hours to reach from one corner to another. Apart from this, the drainage system needs urgent attention from local authorities. During the rainy season, most drains get clogged, which leads to foul smells in the whole town.

What do people in your town do?

My town is entirely of entrepreneurs. People have small-scale industries in their homes. Apart from this, many budding businesses have launched their startups.

What are some unique geographical features or landmarks that define your hometown? 

The unique landmark of my hometown is that it is on the foothills of the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas. So it has a beautiful climate. It is also well known for the Mughal gardens, named Pinjore Gardens. 

How has the culture of your hometown influenced your upbringing and personal identity? 

So, the culture within my hometown was unique because my hometown lies between the borders of three states. Due to that, people from different cultures and backgrounds come and live over there, which helped me to learn the language and traditions of various places, and that has played a role in my accent from people of other states. 

Can you describe any traditional festivals or events in your hometown, and what significance do they hold for the community?

 In my hometown, on every Besakhi day, the 13th of April, a mango mela is organized, and mangoes of different varieties are exhibited in front of people. It holds significance for the community because local farmers get a lot of business from there.

Apart from that, it boosts tourism and helps the local shopkeepers because people from far-off places come to my hometown on this day, buying mangoes in bulk. 

How has the economy of your hometown evolved, and what industries and businesses are prominent there today?

 Earlier, the economy of my hometown thrived primarily in the services sector, with many people doing jobs in nearby factories or banks. 

However, a paradigm shift happened three years back when a national highway was carved out in the middle of my hometown, and due to that, local tourism has developed a lot. Moreover, there is a growth in business for hotels and restaurants because many passers-by take a halt in my hometown, and they eat the food of their choice and sometimes stay overnight. 

How does the climate of your hometown influence daily life and recreational activities?

 The climate in my hometown keeps on changing after every four months. So we experience scorching heat from May to June, and in July and August, we experience torrential rainfall; in September, there’s a lot of humidity. 

From October to March, the weather remains delightful, with moderate winter, so people get a chance to eat various cuisines. Moreover, the clothing choices keep on changing every four months.

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