How Mujibul Haque Changes His Life Joining Pathao As Rider
The Pioneers Of Progress: Mujibul Haque
Whatever my age may be, I would never want it to affect my work life. Many of us tend to say things like, “I’m old enough to quit now.” In my case, this is never going to happen. I’m earning from the ride sharing business, and at the same time, I’m working on other projects too.
*Name: Mujibul Haque
Tell something about your childhood:
I spent my childhood very differently. I was thirteen years old when the Liberation War begun. The Freedom Fighters’ camp was home for me for quite some time. I assisted them in many different ways, one of which included managing the food. When the war ended, I concentrated on farming. However, one of my uncles realized that if we, my six siblings, didn’t go to Dhaka, our education would be in jeopardy. So, we moved to the capital with his assistance.
How did Pathao bring changes to your life?
My brothers had to go abroad to alleviate our family’s economic hardships. I lived in Saudi Arabia for 17 years. I used to drive limousine taxis over there. It was a very difficult time for me since I desperately wanted to be with my family. When I returned home after many years, my mother did not let me go back. Although I decided to stay back, what was I supposed to do here? Regular jobs didn’t attract me at all. I wanted to do something like my previous job in Saudi Arabia. However, I did not get such opportunity in Bangladesh. One day, a friend of mine informed me that he discovered a service called ‘Pathao’ on Facebook. I considered all the possibilities and handed in my registration. I already had a bike, and it was about time I put it to good use. There is nothing more peaceful than being able to stay close to family here and at the same time do the job of my choice.
Tell us about a ride sharing story that you will always remember-
Once, a passenger who happened to be a doctor asked me about how I was still be so fit and good at driving, at the age of sixty. In response, all I said was that it’s Allah’s miracle. The doctor wasn’t satisfied with my answer. He wanted to know more about me, and I also found it a good opportunity to tell him my story. In the meantime, he called someone on his cell phone and instructed to stay at home and not come to get him. Before I could ask him something he said that he told his chauffeur to stay home. He even told me that it takes around 3-4 hours for him to return home. We both began to discuss about Pathao rides. We expressed each others thoughts on how a platform like Pathao brought so much change in people’s lives in such a short time. It was his first ride sharing experience that day. In the beginning, I could not believe it so I asked him quite a few times. He laughed and questioned me in return whether just because he is a doctor he has to know everything. Not all people know everything. My journey with the doctor that day was really wonderful.
Do you have anything special to say?
I have my own home and property, I am wealthy enough to bear the educational expenses of all my children and yet, why am I riding a bike at this age? The explanation is that I’m a workaholic. Whatever my age may be, I would never want it to affect my work life. Many of us tend to say things like, “I’m old enough to quit now.” In my case, this is never going to happen. I’m earning from the ride sharing business, and at the same time, I’m working on other projects too. A true freedom fighter’s family believes in hard work, and they believe in facing all the odds in life to live independently. As long as this body breathes, I will continue striving for excellence.