The 80's in Glasgow

 

  • In 1980 with Robina having finished studying at Stow College, Rashid  arranged for her wedding to Munir Ahmed Choudhry. The couple were married in November 1980 - picture from the wedding below. 


  • Later in the same month Rashid’s nephew Tariq left Scotland to pursue studies in the US, going to the University of Kentucky to pursue a MS in Electrical Engineering.


  • Rizwan, Rehela and Soofwan by this time were all at Bellahouston Academy deciding what they wanted to do in life.

  • In the Summer of 1981, after successfully completing Higher-levels, Rizwan proceeded to Glasgow University to study Aeronautical Engineering. Rashid was happy that Rizwan was following in the footsteps of his elder brother.  In the summer of 1983 Rehela followed Rizwan and also went to Glasgow University to study Physics.

 

  • In December 1981, Rashid arranged the wedding of his oldest son Shahbaz to the daughter Nazish of a close personal friend, Mr S N A Qadri. Mr Qadri who used to live in Pollokshields moved to Birmingham in 1969 with his family, however Rashid and Mr Qadri kept in touch. Shahbaz and Nazish were married in Birmingham in June 1982, and shortly after Nazish parted to join Shahbaz in the US.


  •  Rashid was a keen cricket fan, and whenever there was a visiting cricket team (particularly Pakistan), Rashid would go and watch. Often he would be invited to attend to take photographs of the team with local personalities.


  • It was in April of 1984 that Rashid had learned that his elder brother Dr Abdul Rashid Minhas had travelled to London for a heart operation at Guys hospital. He had prepared with Razia to travel to London to be with his brother during this difficult time. After Rashid and Razia had been dropped off at Glasgow Central Station to board the train to London Euston, Rizwan received the sad news from Latif’s son, Taseer (who was also in London to support his father) that his father has sadly passed away on the operating table. It was a very difficult for all the family, and particularly since Rashid heard the news upon his arrival in London. It was a regret of Rashid’s that he did not get a chance to see his elder brother one last time.


  • Therefore after 3 months when his other elder brother Aziz visited London from Saudi Arabia for a heart by-pass operation, Rashid immediately left to be with his brother. He stayed in London for a number of days to see his elder brother recover before returning to Glasgow. The operation, thankfully, was successful.



  • In May of 1984 Shahbaz and Nazish had a baby boy Osmaan. It was Rashid’s first grandson and he was overjoyed. Rashid loved his own children, but he was equally happy at the birth of Osmaan. Shortly afterwards, in November 1984 he had good news again, in that Shahida gave birth to another grandson, Neil. 



The 80's roll on

  • It was in April of 1984 that Rashid had learned that his elder brother Dr Abdul Rashid Minhas had travelled to London for a heart operation at Guys hospital. He had prepared with Razia to travel to London to be with his brother during this difficult time. After Rashid and Razia had been dropped off at Glasgow Central Station to board the train to London Euston, Rizwan received the sad news from Latif’s son, Taseer (who was also in London to support his father) that his father has sadly passed away on the operating table. It was a very difficult for all the family, and particularly since Rashid heard the news upon his arrival in London. It was a regret of Rashid’s that he did not get a chance to see his elder brother one last time.


  • Therefore after 3 months when his other elder brother Aziz visited London from Saudi Arabia for a heart by-pass operation, Rashid immediately left to be with his brother. He stayed in London for a number of days to see his elder brother recover before returning to Glasgow. The operation, thankfully, was successful.


  • Rashid had very strong political views his whole life. He was leftist leaning ad since 1956 he had always voted Labour. His interest in British Politics ensured that he always voted in local and national elections, and he even took his young children to the polling station at Pollokshields Primary School, to ensure they also took at interest in the political system, however he was careful not to impose his own political leanings on them.

 

  • In June 1985 Rizwan graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Glasgow University and shortly after, in July, he too left for the USA to follow education there. Rashid fully supported his children to be the best they could be and gave them a good degree of latitude. He thought it very important that they knew become independent and make their own way in life. Rizwan went to study at State University of New York and then further at Penn State.

 

  • Later in 1985 Rashid was blessed with another grandchild,  Alia was born to Robina and early in 1986 Nyla was born to Shahida. By now the family was growing and Rashid and Razia had lots to keep them busy. 


  • In the summer of 1986 Soofwan completed his high school studies and also went to Glasgow University to take Aeronautical Engineering, following in the footsteps of his two older brothers. It was in 1986 that Rashid started to take up driving lessons, before that he never felt the need to drive always having subsidized rail travel. Later in 1986 Rashid bought his first car, with some financial assistance from Shahbaz. It was a Vauxhall Nova and Rashid was extremely brought of his first car.


Retirement comes with benefits

  • In 1987 Rehela graduated from Glasgow University. Rashid and Razia attended the graduation and were joined by Rashid’s cousin Karam Ellahi Moghul. Rehela took a job at British Steel in Motherwell as a Trainee Quality Control Engineer, commuting daily from Pollokshields. 


  • Shortly after Rehela’s graduation, in July 1987, Rashid took his first (and last) trip to the United States with Razia, Rehela and Soofwan to visit Shahbaz and Nazish, who were now living in Alabama. The visit was shortly after the birth of Shahbaz’s second son, Ayaz. Rashid had mixed feelings about the US. He enjoyed the US freedoms and open space but missed the beauty of Scotland and the comforts of home in Glasgow.


  • In September 1987, after almost 30 years with the same organization, Rashid was offered redundancy at National Carriers Ltd. NCL were downsizing due to still competition from other carriers and courier companies primarily from the US entering the market. Rashid took redundancy to spend more time at home with family and his new grandchildren. 


  • Also at around the same time his photography was seeing somewhat of a reduction due to more and more Glasgow families having video recorders and preferring video photography to stills. Rashid felt he was too old to learn this new skill and the physical exertion of carrying a video camera for hours on end was too much for him. Therefore Rashid slipped happily into retirement.


  • Retirement at first was a little difficult for Rashid as he was a creature of habit; getting up at the same time, preparing breaking, getting dressed for work, etc. However pretty quickly he formed new routines at home. It was around this time too that Robina and Munir had established a cash and carry business in the Gorbals area for selling leisurewear to trade and the general public. Rashid, who was a good organizer, joined Munir and Robina’s business (Mac’s fashions) to assist in the management of their affairs and set up book-keeping. The flexible hours kept Rashid employed and socially active, and also assisted Robina and Munir.  


  • In the summer of 1988 Rizwan returned from the United States to Glasgow. Rizwan started working in the UK and quickly took up a position as a Project Engineer in the Nuclear Industry in Warrington, England. 


  • Rashid was glad to have his second son back in the UK. Rashid was keen that the famiily move out of flat in Leven   St and the summer of 1988 was spent looking at houses for the family. In September 1988, with the financial support of his sons Rizwan and Shahbaz, Rashid bought a 4 bedroom house on 32 Hillside Rd in the borough of Mansewood. After 32 years in Glasgow Rashid finally had a house with gardens and the comfort of a home he could retire in.  


  • Rashid enjoyed the house in Mansewood. Soofwan and Rehela were living at home and Rizwan would regularly visit from England to meet up with the family. 


  • Rashid took to gardening like a duck to water and kept himself busy with calligraphy and other poetic pursuits. His interest in photography was still keen but it was mostly for personal reasons. He ensured frequent visits to the Botanical Gardens, taking photographs of flora and fauna, and he also enjoyed taking images in Glasgow City Centre.


  • Additionally with the family growing and with all his grandchildren around it was a good time as they came over to visit him and Razia.