Relax! It is safe for you to read this story alone on a dark moonless night.
From the mid-1960s, many homes started replacing traditional wood and charcoal stoves with kerosene-fuelled stoves.
A simple metal handpump was commonly used to siphon kerosene fuel from the big 18-litre tin, into an intermediary bottle, before the final transfer to the “reservoir” on our kerosene stoves.
It was easy to use. Just had to dip the mainshaft into the liquid, and move that metallic rod in the middle up and down steadily, until the liquid came out from the nozzle. The motion had to be maintained to keep the flow going.
At home, I was usually assigned this rather boring duty; but I as did my job, the dreamy I imagined myself to be some future Oil Sheikh extracting his liquid gold.