Home is where the heart is. A house becomes a home truly when those occupying it, like to live there. I was born and brought up in the Doon valley situated on the foothills of the Himalayas. I grew up in a house overlooking the mountains. My work commitments forced me to migrate to Delhi, where I still reside. Whenever I want to take a break from work, I always prefer to go back to Doon and enjoy its serene beauty. I love this place and infect I have planned to build my dream house in Dehradun in the coming few years.
It’d be a small-sized villa situated in the middle of a large piece of land mountain facing. The external architecture will resemble the houses located in the European countryside giving it a rusty look. I would also like to have a garden with seasonal flowers right after the entrance gate. Having my morning and evening tea in the lawn of my dream house has always been on my bucket list.
Apart from the front garden, I’ll also make arrangements for a well-equipped kitchen garden in the backyard. Nowadays, organic farming is quite popular and I’d like to experience the luxury of homegrown fruits and vegetables, a privilege I enjoyed in my childhood.
Coming to the interiors of this house, it will have two bedrooms, a study, a living room and an open modular kitchen overlooking the living room. The kitchen will be equipped with all the latest gadgets to make cooking easier as well as exciting. The other rooms will have interesting and trendy décor giving them a peaceful ambience.
Since I’m a voracious reader, I’d like the study to be laced with all my favourite books wherein I can indulge in endless reading sessions and muse over my reading experiences, while looking at the mountains from the study window.
I intend to work really hard to build my dream house where I can resort to/spend solitary time during the summers and take a rejuvenating break from the mundane city life.
Travelling and exploring new places always add to our knowledge apart from creating beautiful experiences. I like to travel a lot and ensure that I go on vacation to a new destination every year during summers. On one such occasion, I went to Singapore with my friend last year in April. Early morning, the cool breeze brushing our cheeks was a surprise welcome as we disembarked at Changi International Airport, Singapore. It was a much-needed relief from the hot weather back in Delhi from where we had boarded our flight.
We headed straight to our hotel from the airport and after a quick shower called in at the Reception for a recommendation for the most popular tourist attraction around. The staff at the reception informed us that Jurong Bird Park an aviary and tourist place was a must-visit. A day trip to the Park always leaves an everlasting experience. It is a world-famous bird zoo, where there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world, including a large flock of flamingos.
Since we had reached Singapore early morning and were ready by 10 am we decided to visit the Bird Park. We took a taxi and reached there in about an hour. The entrance to the Bird Park was absolutely mesmerizing. Colourful bird sculptors left us awestruck. We immediately took out our camera and clicked a few pictures of each other with those beautiful king-sized sculptors in the background. As we moved inside the Park, we came across large, central walk-in aviaries and peripheral aviaries housing innumerable delicate and territorial birds chirping around. The aviaries had placards at the entrance explaining the history and demography of the species inhabiting those aviaries. We were amazed to see and learn about infinite birds of various colours and sizes. The territorial species were kept in large cages, while species that can coexist with each other were left to roam freely in the aviary.
The highlight of the Bird Park was a thunderstorm which was simulated at noon, followed by a cool, light drizzle. As the drizzle ended the birds put up a spectacular show along with their trainers amidst the backdrop of an artificial rainbow. We clicked pictures and made videos of the whole event. At the end of our trip, we even got pictures clicked with a huge colourful bird sitting on our fist.
It was one of my most memorable trips and someday I would like to visit the Jurong Bird Park again to experience the myriad colours created by nature.
IELTS Cue Card Describe a time when you moved to a new school
Describe a time when you moved to a new school
You should say:
• when it was
• where you moved to
• why you moved there
• and explain your feelings about this change.
Like many other children I too had to change my school when I was young. Today, I’m going to share one such time with you.
My father was an officer in the Indian army. His job involved frequent transfers from one place to another. I was in 7th class and my dad was posted in Dehradun. At that time I was studying in Army Public School, Dehradun. One day he received his transfer order for a city called Jodhpur. It’s a historical city in Rajasthan state of North India.
The children of the majority of army men in India attend central schools which are either run by the army or central government. Whenever government employees are ordered to relocate, their kids move to these schools. The process of changing school for children is normally simple and straightforward. Once you reach a new place, the kids can start their school immediately. For me that was around April in the year 1999.
This was a newly established school. Most of the facilities like swimming pool and playgrounds were still under construction at the time of my arrival. I did take some time to fit into the new environment, but soon enough I felt like I really belonged there. I made some great friends and had a great time overall.
IELTS Speaking Cue Card: A place where people go to spend leisure time
Describe a place where people go to spend leisure time
You should say:
where it is
how they can reach there
what they can do there
and explain why it is a popular place
My hometown Dehradun is a small but vibrant city. Locals have access to a wide range of entertainment facilities such as sports centers, shopping malls and cinemas etc. Today, I’m going to talk about a very popular place which is visited by thousands of people every day.
It’s a huge shopping complex called the Pacific Mall. It was opened to the public in 2015. The building is located in a posh area of Dehradun. Young adults normally use their own mode of transport like car, bike or scooter to reach there. Some families prefer public transport as parking is quite expensive in the complex.
This shopping center is equipped with a 4-screen cinema, lots of branded shops, multicultural food courts and children’s play areas. Concerts, music and dance competitions are also organized regularly. Depending upon the interest and the purpose of visiting the mall, people can decide what they wish to do in the complex. They can watch the latest films, enjoy delicious food from China, Thailand and Italy or participate in cultural programs. Shoppers can also get a fabulous shopping experience. Children too can have a lot of fun in designated play areas.
Another special feature of this place is that people can meet renowned writers, musicians and chefs on gazetted holidays like 15th August, 2nd October and 26th January and festivals. They can even give suggestions about who should be invited in the future. The public is duly informed about the upcoming events through adverts in local newspapers. Certainly, all these facilities make it an ideal place for all age groups. It’s is worth visiting.