We thought so — it just made our humble roti smell and taste like progress.
Each slice of bread was lovingly clasped between the two halves of the toaster (each half made from ‘chicken wire’ mesh with a frame), and one had to skilfully control the charcoal ambers below, the distance from the heat source as well as the length of time. Any distraction could turn one’s breakfast into idiomatic toasted catastrophe.
The last time I saw one of these ‘gadgets’ was perhaps 40 years ago. Not sure if others have seen or used one in recent times.
Of course with the advent of modern electric toasters, all it takes is to push a button and a lever, and sit tight and wait.