A keen family historian and General Secretary of the charity, Foundation Hospital Rajana, Mr Rajak, 37, was born and brought up in Huddersfield and moved to Scotland when he was 16. He lives in Glasgow's West End and runs his own retail store in the East End. He described his family tree as like a fruit with many different varieties. “Some are sweet and some are sour - just like my own family!”
Over the past 29 years he has traced back 15 generations to 1751 on his father's side. He has drawn the chart in his 'Family Tree Book' which is also a detailed account of the way his ancestors lived. His mother, Mrs Maqsooda Begum was born in the partition camps of Shakapura Pakistan. His father Mr. Inayat Ullah, was born in India in a village called Thaing near Jalandhar. His father's parents were allocated land on the Pakistani side of Punjab near the town of Pir Mahal, in the district of Toba Tek. Rajak's parents moved to the UK in 1971 and have five children born and brought up in the UK. His search for information has taken him to many places including the place
where his mother was brought up. The next piece of the jigsaw will come from his father's side which requires another mammoth trip to India?
When Rajak's own two children were born he immediately put them on the family tree. And also any new additions to the family are instantly added. Rajak's search started with what he knew, here in the UK and what he could learn from his immediate family. Then he turned his attention to Pakistan and painstakingly filled in the gaps over the years. A keen watcher of the BBC series "Who Do You Think You Are?" he can relate to the experiences the guests go through. He has charted family trees for relatives and friends who subsequently
consider him to be one of the sweetest fruits on the family tree.