AS a 17-year-old sixth former she was "excited and speechless" when she saw her name in print.
This was after a letter she had written was published in a September, 1996 edition of this newspaper. The subject matter was ministers' pay rise.
Namrata Dutt has always had a dream of being a journalist.
Her English teacher during her high school years at Bhawani Dayal High School, Bably Kumar, had noted she was an active, outspoken student.
She encouraged the former Narere Primary School student to study diligently so she could take the necessary steps so her dreams would materialise.
Often times in life, dreams and reality do not converge and so Namrata has had to set aside her dream and take up other jobs to sustain herself and her family.
For the time being, her association with the media industry is that of a consumer and contributor to the letters to the editor.
She has since married and she says her husband and in-laws are supportive of her.
Namrata is no stranger to struggle. She grew up in an extended family where an aunt, Pushpa Sharma, supported her mother and two brothers.
In May 1996, her aunt left her job and it fell onto one of Namrata's brothers who worked at Central Rental in Suva to put food on the table.
The other brother was doing a joinery course at Montfort Boys Town.
She was first employed at United Apparel (Fiji Ltd) starting from the Suva factory at the Yatu Lau Arcade before moving to Nadawa in Nasinu. Namrata was there from 1997-2001.
The political turmoil of 2000 meant they worked fewer hours resulting in decreased earnings. Namrata decided to study and enrolled in a secretarial course. She has also done a few computer courses.
Apart from working for a few companies as a receptionist from 2002-2007, Namrata has since 2008, worked in companies specialising in refrigeration
One of her brothers, Shekhar Maharaj, has been in Sydney, Australia since 2004. The other brother, Krishneel Maharaj, lives in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been there since 2010. Her sister still lives in Nasinu.
While admitting she married "late", aged 32, in 2011, she says nothing is impossible and so she still nurtures her dream.