Gyas depends financially on one of his sons who is a shopkeeper, while another son is following in his footsteps, learning the practice from his father.
Mohameed Iqbal Gyas is one of the city's few bloodletting practitioners, a treatment believed to cure a range of diseases by draining so-called bad blood.
SOUNDBITE 1 Mohameed Gyas (man), Bloodletting practitioner (Hindi 20 sec):
Bloodletting practitioner Mohameed Iqbal Gyas cutting patient
Bloodletting patient Lilavati Devi talks to bloodletting practitioner Mohameed Gyas