Going Analog

If not technology, then what?

Navdeep Singh Mangat (with team PROMOT)

a sign warning people not to take pictures
a sign warning people not to take pictures

Living Off the Grid in a Modern World: An Analog Adventure

In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, the idea of living entirely off the grid can seem like an impossible dream. However, there is a growing movement of individuals seeking a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle by returning to an analog way of living. This blog will explore how to navigate such a life, covering everything from choosing the right appliances to managing daily necessities like sanitation, sewage, cooking, and shopping. We’ll also discuss how feasible this lifestyle is within the context of Indian city life.

Disconnecting from the Grid

The first step towards living an analog life is disconnecting from the modern amenities we take for granted. This means saying goodbye to the internet, smartphones, and any device that requires electricity from the city grid. Here’s how to get started:


1. Solar Panels and Wind Turbines: While not entirely analog, using renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines can provide the electricity needed for essential tasks without relying on the city grid. It's a sustainable choice that aligns with an off-grid lifestyle.

2. Manual Generators: For a more hands-on approach, consider using manual generators. These devices can be powered by physical effort, such as peddaling a bike, to generate electricity for basic needs.


1. Hand-Crank Appliances: Look for hand-crank kitchen gadgets, such as coffee grinders, mixers, and blenders. These tools allow you to perform tasks without electricity.

2. Non-Electric Tools: Use non-electric tools for everyday tasks. For example, opt for a manual typewriter instead of a computer for writing, or a wind-up clock instead of a digital one.

Day-to-Day Living

Sanitation and Sewage

1. Composting Toilets: These eco-friendly toilets use no water and turn human waste into compost. They are ideal for off-grid living and can be maintained with minimal effort.

2. Grey water Systems: Set up a grey water system to recycle water from sinks and showers for use in irrigation. This helps reduce water waste and ensures you have a steady supply for gardening.


1. Wood Stoves and Solar Ovens: Use a wood stove for cooking and heating. Solar ovens, which use the sun’s energy to cook food, are another excellent alternative.

2. Campfire Cooking: Embrace traditional methods by cooking over an open flame. Cast iron pots and pans are perfect for this type of cooking.


1. Local Markets: Instead of supermarkets, shop at local farmers’ markets. This not only supports local agriculture but also reduces your carbon footprint.

2. Bartering: Engage in bartering with neighbors for goods and services. This fosters community and ensures you get what you need without relying on money.

Analog Life in Indian Cities

Living an entirely off-grid, analog lifestyle in an Indian city presents unique challenges and opportunities. Urban environments are densely populated and heavily reliant on modern infrastructure. However, with some creativity and determination, it's possible to incorporate analog living principles:

1. Urban Gardens: Utilise rooftop or balcony spaces for growing your own vegetables. Community gardens are also a great way to produce food locally.

2. Rainwater Harvesting: Implement rainwater harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for various uses.

3. Community Initiatives: Join or start local community initiatives focused on sustainability. These can include tool-sharing programs, local markets, and workshops on traditional skills.


Living an analog life in today’s digital world requires commitment and ingenuity. By making conscious choices about energy, appliances, and daily practices, you can reduce your reliance on modern conveniences and live more sustainably. While this lifestyle might not be feasible for everyone, especially in urban settings like those in India, adopting even a few analog practices can significantly impact your well-being and the environment.

Disclaimer: Promot Technologies does not endorse going analog; it is merely a suggestion made by my AI associate.