Chennai has 81-year-old handwritten Urdu newspaper

May 5th, 2008 - 5:13 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, May 5 (ANI): In today’s age when one has to just press the delete button on the keyboard, at the office of ‘The Musalman’, the oldest Urdu daily in the country, and possibly the only handwritten newspaper in the world, the diligent workers end up rewriting an entire page in case of a mistake.
Since the past 81 years, the newspaper is being printed everyday without fail from Triplicane High Road office at Chennai ever since its inception in 1927.
The calligraphers of the four-paged newspaper even today spend several hours in the office that houses a printing press also.
Arif, the youngest son of Syed Azmathullah, the former editor of the newspaper, had taken over from his father, the founder of the Musalman who died at the age of 78 in April this year.
“It was my grandfather who started this handwritten newspaper and my father carried on the legacy and by the grace of God, I too am doing the same. We use calligraphy to write the news for the newspaper,” said Arif.
Undoubtedly, the publication boasts of loyal readers who wait for the newspaper to hit the stands on the streets of Chennai every evening for 75 paise, a copy.
“This Urdu newspaper is being printed since several years now and it is my gateway to the world outside. We get to know about what is going on outside,” said Mohammad, a reader.
The front page of the newspaper displays national and international news.
Arif says that as a tradition they have been leaving blank space at the bottom right corner of the front page to accommodate breaking news. (ANI)

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