Don’t we start cursing the Electric Supply Undertaking and tend to associate power failure with the failure of the government machinery? Such is the attitude of ours, whenever there is even a pre-scheduled cut in power supply.

It is beyond our thought and imagination to dream how our life would survive in absence of electricity. In that case the scene would be totally different. Our homes would not be so flooded with the light of electric bulbs or tubes as they are now. Only the dim light of the earthen lamps or lanterns or candlelight’s would flicker.

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Refrigerators, coolers, air-conditioners, room heaters, electric irons, toasters, T.Vs, etc. would not have been in existence without the invention of electricity. Out kitchens would not have been so well-equipped with the modern electric appliances, as they are these days.

Not only this, our offices, mills, factories, shops and all sorts of public and private institutions would have worn a deserted and dull look. Their operation would come to a stop, depriving millions of workers of the only source of their livelihood and the general public of the items of their daily use. And where would the raw material, produced after so much of hard work, go? Electric fans would have belonged to the forgotten world; people could be seen fanning themselves with only a hand fan, called “Punkha”.

Life would not have been as hectic as it is today. Machine-made clothes would not have been seen in shops. The markets of fashion would have been without any hustle and bustle in absence of fascinating items.

Hospitals, dispensaries and health clinics or centers would have been gloomy places. X-ray, electric treatment, heart- surgery, and operations would have been out of question. In summer, the patients would have sweated with heat and winter would have blasted upon them with all fury.

The channels of entertainment would have been nowhere. Radios, cinemas, TVs and videos would have merged into dreams. Civilization would have received a big jolt. Science and technology would have stopped for good.

May this horrifying possibility never become a reality! This is my only prayer to Almighty, the Great.