Images of India : India’s only ‘hand-written’ newspaper…

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Nestled in the lively city of Chennai, the 88-year-old Urdu language newspaper is made up of a meagre staff of three reporters, three calligraphers, and an editor. Syed Arifullah took on the role of editor in 2008, after his father passed away. The daily was started in 1927 by Syed Azathulla. Made up of four crafted pages, it caters to its audience through 21,000 copies daily. The paper, which is delivered to subscribers, is also available on newsstands for less than one rupee, 75 paisa to be exact. subscribers are located all across India, with copies being delivered to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The newspaper is largely in black and white, but if an advertisement calls for a coloured copy, they comply. The staff has been around for 30-35 years. It takes two hours for a calligrapher to complete one page written with a quill and ink. Divided into four parts, the front page carries local and national news; page two makes space for international news and editorials. On the third page are quotes from the Holy Quran. The last page has everything else, including other local news and advertisements. The main focus is to publish teachings from the Holy Quran and sayings of the Prophet, also called Hadith.