Smartphones routinely include a touchscreen button to turn on the light now and no dark space in cities seems free of them. Whether in dim restaurants to read the menu, at concerts to wave with the music, on roads where the streetlighting is low or in cinema halls just to be annoying, phone flashlights always seem to be switching on. And yet there is a world still illuminated by flashlights.
News of a possible power crisis soon in several Indian states must have many people nervously checking for an item that was once imperative in Indian homes. The flashlight or electric torch was meant to be kept in a fixed place so you could fumble and find it when the power went off at night, but of course someone always moved it.
Which lead to multiple flashlights being bought. Kids were given their own small one – it was a thrill to realise
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