Hyderabad, India | Fingersmiths with a sense of style
Hyderabad's calligraphers' sleight of hand keeps an ancient art alive, and electronic printers at bay
Opening his bottle of Camlin Waterproof black ink, Mohammed Abid Khaleel dips the nib of a pen and writes “Allah" in Arabic on a white sheet of paper. He tilts the pen at an angle and writes every letter in one flourish, alternating between thick and thin strokes. “Always write the name of God before starting to write (anything else)," says Khaleel, an Urdu and Arabic calligrapher in Hyderabad.