Phulbari: Meet Kanthu Marak, a 67-year-old from the village of Kantarongre, about 4 km from the heart of Chibinang, one of the busiest spots in Meghalaya.

Kanthu is an affable man. He loves his biri and sharing drinks with friends. There is nothing extraordinary about him, except that he lives in a village which is yet to witness the ‘magic’ of electricity.

Kanthu Marak (R) at the house of Nokma (village head), Sebalson Sangma (L)

Habilson M Marak is a resident of Bangranggre, another village close to Chibinang. His confusion is also related to electricity, but his concerns are slightly more complicated: he is baffled by the power bills his neighbours have received, even though the village is yet to be connected to the power grid. There are electric posts in his......

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