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The earliest forms of newspapers were handwritten and now The ‘Musalman‘ remains as perhaps the last handwritten newspaper in the world. This Urdu language daily was established in 1927 by Chenab Syed Asmadullah Sahi in Chennai, a vibrant city in India.
It is presently run by the founder's grand son Syed Arifullah. Six skilled calligraphers work on the four-page newspaper everyday. With a circulation of approximately 23,000 the paper covers news in the Urdu language across a wide spectrum including politics, culture and sports.
Preparation of its pages takes about three hours. After the news is received in English from its part time reporters, it is translated into Urdu, and Katibs – writers, dedicated to the ancient art of Urdu calligraphy, pen down the story on paper.
The entire print industry has been in decline with the recent technological advances and the advent of smartphone and tablets. This personable touch is a rare find. The price of this paper remains at 75 Paise (approximately two cents).