From Passion to Purpose: My Journey with Ek Plate Biryani
We had a quick session with Muhammad Azghan Siddiqui, Head of Operations (Sindh and Balochistan) at Ek Plate Biryani. His journey and thoughts at such a young age are inspirational.
Us: Why did you join Ek Plate Biryani?
A: It all started because philanthropy has been a part of my life from the very beginning, and it’s a value that’s been passed down through my family for generations.
Growing up, I was taught that if someone needed help, we should be there – no questions asked.
Even as a child, I realized that by helping others, I ended up touching the lives of people who weren’t related to me by blood. I became a little ray of hope in a small way for some.
This realization was the catalyst for joining Ek Plate Biryani later in life.
I wanted to take what had been an informal tradition in our family and make it something bigger, something that could reach more people in need.
So, when in 2019, I embarked on a soul-searching journey, I crossed paths with Ek Plate Biryani, and it was like finding a missing piece of my heart. They were looking for someone to help carry out their work on the field and I was looking to stretch my boundaries.
Us: When did you join EPB?
Us: What keeps you motivated?
Us: You have been doing relief work for a long time. Have you seen any incident that stayed with you?
Us: If we talk about a small thing or incident that brought more happiness than you had anticipated, what comes to your mind first?
A: It was a chilly winter’s day when I found myself in the heart of Balochistan. As I walked through the village, I couldn’t help but notice the children wearing thin summer clothing, playing in the cold.
The sight of those little ones, with rosy cheeks and shivering with cold, moved me in a way I can’t describe. It was a stark reminder of the inequalities that exist in our world.
We were there to distribute winter clothes in Balochistan. I saw their faces light up with smiles as they received colorful warm coats and jackets. It was pure, simple joy.
Us: What would be your advice for the readers?
A: I would request everyone to play their part – big or small. You don’t have to donate to EPB or any other organization, if you don’t want to.
Just go out there. Help a soul, bring a smile to someone’s face, change a life in any way you can.
I know this world looks like a dark place when we start observing the less fortunate people around us. But as the Chinese (I think?) proverb goes, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
Every little drop of kindness matters.
Let’s try to make this world a better place.