In the modern world, almost all gadgets or machines we use run on either gasoline or electricity. One can hardly imagine a world today in the absence of electricity. Life without electricity is like trying to imagine a rainless world.
All over the world, people would hitch their bullocks to their carts and work in the fields till sundown. The work after sundown is not possible without proper lighting. Absence of fans and electric trains and trams would make people walk hours to reach their offices. In homes, pumping water out of wells will not be easy. One might have to use the traditional rope and bucket and that will take time.
Computers will cease to function, the Internet would blackout. To say electricity paved the way for a smooth transition and progress of mankind is not too wrong. It changed the way we communicate and relax, it helped improve the décor of the towns and houses, and it has helped minimize effort in several fields we come across in our daily life.
Life without electricity would bring the demand once more to theaters because one thing man cherishes is his leisure. Without television, man will find it tough to spend his leisure hours. Assuming that by some freak accident the cell phones had been invented and that satellites are functional our communications would be intact. Otherwise, you would have to walk half an hour to talk your friend.
As much as we talk of the life without electricity it is like the impossible dream; a place where very little work is done and a lot of people live. It will certainly be a lot more peaceful and there will certainly be lesser pollution if one comes to think about it. And it would be a lot slower and the pace of life would be relaxed.