Chaudhri Riaz

Born: 10th June 1946

Nanka Kohana, Pakistan

Date of interview: 25th May 2006

Map showing where Chaudhri Riaz came from

Can you remember what were your earliest memories of your childhood?

Well we had the large family system and I would say really it was very relaxed sort of environment. I had all my cousins around and basically we belonged to a land-owner or farming family whereas you did not have to worry about your bills and food and all that because that was all at the farm. I was lucky to be born in a sort of middle-class family so, from the financial point of view and my fees were paid and I was sent to school. The transport was there [laughs] and whatever I needed. So I would say that I was one of those lucky people who had very sound ... pleasant and enjoyable childhood

I had wonderful loving parents ... I consider my mother to be a saint and they give me a lot of love and I was raised in accordance with some basic values and fundamental moral and ethical principles. And that is one of the reasons that I never ... actually sort of broke my contact or you know link with you know my place of birth. I always, you know I visited them on a regular basis. And then obviously I went to school there, I went to college, university and you know, that was wonderful.