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Bengaluru-based Rafiullah Baig, 35, aids corporate recruitment and helps detect crimes by analysing handwriting.

Bengaluru-based Rafiullah Baig, 35, aids corporate recruitment and helps detect crimes by analysing handwriting.

How did you think of becoming a handwriting analyst?

After graduation in 1993, I started training people in soft skills. To render it more effective, I realised I needed to understand people better. So I went to the US to study handwriting, and in 1998, became a certified analyst. On returning, I opened an institute to teach this science to people and also started offering consultation, both corporate and individual.

What was the initial investment?

I put in most of my savings and also took a loan of Rs 50,000 from my mother.

What is the kind of consultation that you offer?

I advise corporate clients during the recruitment process and also help detect forgeries. The personal cases deal with pre-marital character analysis, emotional counselling and change of writing and signatures.

What are your charges?

The cost varies from Rs 950 for an individual to Rs 10,000 for a company. It also depends on whether a certificate is required or an oral opinion will suffice.

How has the response been?

Initially, people did not take me seriously and the response was discouraging, but now I get about 50 requests a month.

What do you teach at your handwriting institute?

We have a three-month course, which includes graphotherapy and signature analysis, among other things. We also hold workshops, which cost Rs 4,500 per person.

What is your staff strength?

For the first few years, my brother and I handled all the work. Now, I have six staff members and about 100 students, who also help me with the cases.

How much time does it take to analyse handwriting?

It takes less than 10 minutes for a spot analysis and about an hour for a detailed study. While the signature reveals what you want to project to the world, the writing reflects your hidden personality.