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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Musalman Urdu daily: only paper in the world still written by hand

"Chennai’s The Musalman is the last handwritten Urdu paper.

Because it looks like a curious remnant, The Musalman attracts curiosity. It is, they say, the oldest Urdu daily, and perhaps the only paper in the world still written by hand. Just as the recent announcement by Godrej & Boyce, the last big manufacturer of manual typewriters, that it would stop making the machines drew worldwide press, so The Musalman has since 2007 drawn media interest.

On May 11, the Ministry of External Affairs’ Public Diplomacy Division released on YouTube an 11-minute film on The Musalman, directed by Ishani K Dutta of Delhi-based Carrot Films. Dutta hopes that when the film is shown in Arab countries and Europe it will generate support. “It’s just passion that is driving them. The katibs really don’t get a lot of money, but they actually enjoy this whole process." in Handmade newspaper, Rrishi Raote / New Delhi May 21, 2011, 0:46 IST,

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    Anonymous College Papers said...

    Hey _____
    nice topic.. urdu is my second language. urdu language is really sweet that's why i love it.

    1:47 AM  

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