India is basically an agricultural country where about three fourth of its population live in the villages. The villages have their own charms. They are generally cut off from the cities and have a totally different kind of life.
There are charms in village life. There is the pleasant rising with the morning star glittering in the sky. After sunrise the cattle are taken to the fields for ploughing. We can hear the bleating of the lambs and the chirping of the birds. How fascinating their sounds are! They leave a soothing effect on the mind. Apart from this, the flowing of the river with a murmuring sound, the beauty of the greenery of fields around are the various pleasures that abound in the countryside.
The peasants work in their fields all day in sun or rain. Sometimes it seems that they play on the lap of Mother Earth, notice the house-wives of the village with pots on their heads going to the village, wells and thence bringing water for their homes, all walking with slow, steady steps, in groups, talking to one another on various subjects like marriages, births, deaths etc. As they walk, the pots stand piled overhead, firm like a column rooted in earth.
The life of the villagers is peaceful and healthy. Far from the shrill noise and the dirty smoke of the cities, the villagers breathe fresh air. They have no tension of any type which is the basic feature of the modern city life. The evil influence of urban life has not yet reached the Indian villages. The villagers lead a very simple life and their desires are few. They nurse no ill-will towards their fellow villagers and are happy with what they have got. Sometimes we see them sitting in the shade of peepal or banyan tree and gossiping and some of them dozing. This presents a tension-free life of the villages.
In this advanced age of science, the villagers are still Unaware of many of the luxuries and comfort which science as provided us. They are the people of the earth and believe in serving it. They are very sentimental and love human beings to the core of their heart. What to talk of the humans, they have great attachment even with the animals which they tame for different purposes.
The villagers are deeply religious and worship a number of gods with full faith. But they, at times, seem to be very superstitious. They believe in the stories of ghosts. The reason is that most of the villagers are illiterate. Hence, it is the need of the hour to teach them so that they may be aware of events which are taking place around them. It in true that a great deal to be done for them by way of education, sanitation and other modern methods of health and happiness.
Though the villagers lead a veiy tough life in the dearth of modern facilities, still village life is not so bad in comparison to .the city life. The famous English poet Cowper has rightly said, “God made the country and man made the town.”