It was a weekday, I was off from work due to a recent air contamination incident in the city that required for everyone to stay indoors. Regardless, I had to show up to job number 2. Careem being my usual ride to and back from work, I quickly booked a ride and here showed up the nicest captain I've met by far. His name was Syed Mujtaba Hassan and he brightened my day by responding to my greeting respectfully.
He was a man probably in his 70s in a white dress shirt and brown pants, an old wrist watch locked on his arm, ready to give his best on the job.He displayed his frustration by complaining about the broken roads using minimal words and me being me, I felt compelled to talk to him. We discussed about the useless state government and the depleting infrastructure of Karachi. The 20 min ride became the most interesting in days. He told me how he has always taken care of his vehicle and how he stays mindful of his ways to protect the machine. Every part of the conversation, my heart broke in a million pieces. From what I know, a Careem driver has a 12 hour cycle. I didn't know what led him to work so hard at an age he should be reading newspapers and relaxing on an arm chair. But I hope and pray, he isn't pocketing any worries and his struggles don't come with a heavy price.
I ended the ride telling him what a pleasure it was to meet him, where he declared feeling the same. For the first time in months, this ride made me feel safe and comfortable. It goes without saying that I'll book a ride each day hoping to see him again. For I feel he has some stories to tell.
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