A woman who spoke about her dreams on the front page of her town’s paper more than 30 years ago has written a book about realising them.

Chandrika Rathod is launching Mother’s Wisdom on September 9 – a collection of advice and knowledge she has acquired during her life.

She appeared as the ‘Front Page Girl’ in the Harrow-Wembley Independent in 1983 when she was 18-years-old.

Here she discussed her hopes for the future – namely working as a receptionist – and her hobbies, which included reading and writing poetry.

Fast-forward to the present day and she has built an established career working on the desk at a Volkswagen garage in Colindale and has seen her writing published.

She said: “If you believe in yourself, you can achieve your goals and dreams – whatever they may be.

“If you face obstacles, it is important not to give up and remember that you are almost there.”

Chandrika wanted to work as a receptionist because she “enjoys looking her best” and likes to interact with people.

Outside of work, one of her passions was, and still is, literature. She claims to have always enjoyed creative things and began writing poetry at a young age.

“I’ve always wanted to write and I found that poetry was a great way for me to express myself,” she explained.

Now with her new book, she hopes to inspire others to do what they love and go out and achieve this.

Mother’s Wisdom will be launched at Daal Roti in Honeypot Lane at 1pm on September 9.

For more information or to attend the event, contact Chandrika on 07931 438391 or email chandreiki@hotmail.com