How old is too old to work…

64-year-old Mehaboob sets an example by juggling two jobs to earn Rs 680 per day.

By Author   |   Published: 10th Jan 2017   11:22 pm Updated: 11th Jan 2017   10:45 am

Sangareddy: Mohammad Mehaboob is a 64-year-old man and even at this age he works for 16 hours a day. He juggles two jobs — he works as a labourer in a beverage industry near Sangareddy from 10 pm to 6 am. After taking rest for the next three hours, Mohammad goes to the field which belongs to local landlords.

He was seen working in the agriculture field along the Sangareddy-Jogipet road on the outskirts of Shivvampet village under hot sun preparing the land for Rabi cultivation. Despite his age, Mehaboob works hard as he earns Rs 330 from the beverage industry every day and Rs 350 from the agriculture field.

Mehaboob owns no land or properties except a small pucca house in the village. He said that he needs to take up two jobs in order to earn enough for the family so that his wife Jakya Bhi does not have to work. “She’s always been busy doing household chores and raising their four children,” says Mehaboob. Mehaboob married off all his four children, a son and three daughters, and took the responsibility of raising his 15 year-old granddaughter.

The workers at the beverage industry work in three shifts in a day. However, Mehaboob chooses to work only during the night shift since he will earn more by working at the field in the morning.

However, he further said that he always made sure to get sleep of at least six hour to keep himself healthy. Mehaboob said that the night shift workers at the beverage industry get to take rest for couple of hours. When questioned about how long he would continue to work, the Sexagenarian said: “I will continue to work until my body and mind supports. As of now I am competing with my colleagues who are in their 30s.”