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Typewriters and typists still flourishing in modernizing India

By Phil Hazlewood  /  AFP, MUMBAI

Users, many of them older and with an emotional attachment to their machines, also vouch for their preference for typewriters over new-fangled computers because of their low maintenance costs and simplicity.

“If you’re doing work on a computer and I’m doing work on a typewriter, I will get it done first,” one court writer boasted.

The machines are also an ideal tool in a country where about 400 million people lack regular electricity and where power cuts can be daily occurrences even where electricity it is available.

Nevertheless, Mumbai’s professional typists and repairers are realistic. The cost of computers is falling and more Indians are getting online, including through their mobile phones.

“I think the situation will last for another four to five years,” Sangtani said. “After that, who knows?”

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