Book review : Song of life: A Poetic Retelling of Mahabharatha”

I think you might like this book – “Song of Life: A Poetic Retelling of Mahabharatha” by Anuradha Singh.



Publication date :

2 Feb 2019

Mahabharata, India’s legacy, longest written poetry, stories interlinked into each other, with so many characters, events and places. Each character has a role to play, which is vital for the story to go ahead. This Mahakavya, which is written by Krishnadwaipayana Vyasa is imprinted on Indian mind. It has been translated world wide, every region of India has its own narration, interpretation and connection with Mahabharata. In song of life the author has created poetry which can be read and understood easily by young generation who have not read or heard of Mahabharata much. Along with the young even the elders can read and relish the easy flowing poetry of the verve.

Anuradha is working in the field of academics from past 18 years. She has worked in a variety of schools across India along with Nalanda University as an English Language facilitator. She is also an avid blogger and writes from her heart at www. . Being a post graduate in English Literature and then working as a teacher; writing poems, travelogues, articles and then a novel came naturally to her. Her debut book The Mysterious Widows of Mehboobpura is garnering fantastic reviews from readers all over. Song of Life is her second book, which is poetic narration of the events of Mahabharata.

Review by Shahnila Hassan ;

Writing style:

Poet used an appropriate literature.

Very unique way to narrates the story of country.

Impressive and energetic poem.


Well !! Perfectly designed and attractive

About book.

This book contains so many characters along with different incidents and war. A truly patriotic song. Whereas it contains a complete history of Bharat.

In this poem, poet narrates the struggle and heroism of people who sacrificed their self for the sake of country.

Story of war between greed & generosity, justice & injustice, self respect & ego, truth and lies last but not least loyalty & deceit.

The war was won by pandava but was it a win or a loss?

I like the ending. Indeed it is a very energetic one….

Thus I conclude my song of life which is an eternal song Sung yesterday, today and will be rendered tomorrow Which has no beginning and no ending.

Book review : Daddy Dragon saves the day

Author : Marie Blair

Illustrated by 

Viktoriia mykhalevych

Genre : Children’s book

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

About Author :

Marie Blair is a novice children books writer with a sincere dedication to this work. Her primary goal is to create interesting educational and entertaining books for kids. Marie is a mother of two wonderful children, and her favorite thing to do with them is reading. She encourages other parents to do the same.

Book description.

The dragons of Quace are a boisterous bunch, and this scaly family is home alone with Dad! How will he cope with the chaos? Will he ever work out how to un-singe a lawn? And hey! Is that a meteor on its way to ruin everything? He’s going to need all his mythical might to make sure that Mrs. Dragon doesn’t come home to a smoking crater instead of a house. Young readers will enjoy the ride as captivating colors and rip-roaring rhymes join forces in this playful tale of everyday domestic dragon life getting quite out of hand

Review by Shahnila Hassan.

“Meet super Daddy Dragon” who is there for his mischievous kids.

While reading I was imagining my own kid and when the whole scenario came into my vision, I feel goosebumps, Well author described the story in a cute way I really Appreciate. Indeed the best bedtime story but little bit complicated for small kids.

Wonderful illustration !! I enjoyed the pictures on book. 

Excellent rhyming book and I’d recommend you to read a story to your kids.

All dad are super hero for their kids because they spent great time with each other whereas mommy are quite strict.
Well in this story daddy dragon was busy with children and mommy Dragon went outside for any chores. All kids made a home messy daddy Dragon tried to be organized but all helpless.. In the end daddy dragon saved his children from the giant asteroid. Now the children came to know their mistakes and apologized for everything.

Concept of story is good but little bit imaginary. 

Book review : The magic leaf

Author : Mary feliciani

Illustration by 

Tina Durocher

Genre : Children’s book

Rating : 5/5

About Author :

Author, Mary Feliciani, is a Canadian author, independent publisher and a former elementary school teacher. She attended UTM where she studied psychology and still lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Mary’s background in psychology, work with children and passionate interest in the human condition, which stems back as far as she can remember, are all evident in her writing.

Perfect !!!!

Book Review by Shahnila Hassan :

Carlo & Marco was the friends. Carlo was very hardworking boy. He took food and water for his father & other men who worked at the top of the mountain.

The road seemed to be long. It took quite long time to reached at his destination.

One day his friend Marco joined him on his way. Carlo complained him about the load of work and long journey.

Marco gave him a magic leaf who will help him in his difficulties.

Well !!! What miracles happened by the help of magic leaf?

How leaf worked for him???

A beautiful journey along with classic tale and lot of lessons…

You may find this very helpful for your kids to teach them about the importance of friendship and value of time.

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Book review : Adventures with Annabelle and 



Author : Julie wenzlick

Illustrated by jaime Buckley

Genre :  Children’s book

Rating : 5/5

Review by Shahnila Hassan ,

Wonderful and best picture book for your kids

I love illustration. So colorful and well designed.

Story is marvelous having an engaging mode.

I love the way writer described the story and I’m sure every kids loves too.

This is a story about Cute little Annabelle who was bitten by doddle bug.

She draws doddle every time. Her parents was tensed about her sudden change in behavior. Whereas They took Annabelle to doctor where he analyzed about the bite of bug.

Moreover, Annabelle opened a shop and made more doddles. Gradually she became famous and everyone wants her doddle sketch.

Apparently the bite of bug was vanished and Annabelle was free from all this.

I really enjoyed every page of this book. I recommend you to buy this book for your little ones.

When pre-schooler Annabelle awakens one morning, she has a strange urge to start doodling.

She calls for paper and pen and begins doodling continuously, unable to stop—even for meals! Her concerned parents take her to the doctor, who discovers a doodlebug bite on her neck.

He assures them her doodling urges will end when the bite fades away. Annabelle gets so good at doodling she opens a shop to sell her work and even travels the world to share her art.

Then one day the bite fades and so do her uncontrollable urges.

Julie Wenzlick is a retired English teacher who loves to rhyme. She began writing poems and stories in second grade, and she loves to share her books with elementary students in hopes of inspiring them to write their own stories. Three of her books were inspired by her granddaughters Annabelle and Maisie. She often gets the question from her young audiences, “Did this REALLY happen?” Her book “The Day Annabelle was Bitten by a Doodlebug” was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Children’s Book category for 2017. Julie, who also writes songs to go with her books, produced her original full-length musical comedy “Singles File,” in the early 90s at three venues. You can find out more about her at

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Book review : Timothy mean and the time machine

Author : William A.E Ford

Genre : Children’s book

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About Author :

William has always had a passion for books, writing and story-telling.  William’s favourite way to end a cosy evening is to spend time dreaming up and reading bed-time stories to his five wonderful children.

Just one of his many stories, ‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ was inspired by the spark of his children’s colourful imaginations as they tirelessly created unique, laughter filled days from even the most mundane, everyday objects and situations!

Born in England, William  currently lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife Silje and five children.

‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ is William’s first published work and he plans to publish more books shortly.

Book description :

With Timothy Mean’s amazing imagination and time machine, anything and anywhere is possible! 

Join Timothy on a magical rhyming adventure as he skips through time and pranks with pirates, gets daring with dragons, and even teases a T-Rex!

“It’s Monday. Hip hip hooray! Where shall we travel in time today?

With Timothy Mean, every day is a rhyme in time!

Review by Shahnila Hassan.

I want to give more than ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ because this book deserves it.

Yes !!! Why because perfect illustration with wonderful rhythm.

A short story book for children. Indeed you little ones like it A lot. I enjoyed while reading because i was thinking that you can’t imagine what is going on in your little one’s mind (That’s hilarious).

I saw my one year baby. She is always busy in doing some experiment. Well hard to stop them for being so experimental.

Similarly in this book Timothy is a boy who loved adventures. He traveled through time machine to different adventurous places like Dinosaur, pirate, astronaut etc. He made fun there.

Very different concept & colorfully journey. 


Interview of most talented Author “Esther Rabbit”

Esther Rabbit is a content creator for upcoming authors, digital marketing specialist and author of New Adult novel, Lost in Amber. She aims to assist writers by experimenting with tools of the craft and blogging about it on her website (

1. What can you tell us about your book, Lost in Amber?

Lost in Amber is the story of three friends who get dumped/ served divorce papers the very same week. While the girls comfort each other through their assorted heartbreaks, one of them finds out that she’s been genetically altered and now has powers of unknown potential.

That’s when the story takes off and the action begins, and the romance, so stay tuned for that one.

2. How many hours do you spend on reading/writing?

I’ve never really counted hours, time flies when you’re having fun! What I can tell you is that I love every minute of it.

3. How did you start blogging?

When I started writing, I also started documenting my steps. If you wake up tomorrow and decide you want to be an author, the first step is research: how to write the first draft, how to edit your novel, format it, how to approach book cover design, etc.

There’s plenty of info online, but it’s just confusing instead of educational for the upcoming author. So I started experimenting with tools of the craft, writing everything down, so that future writers who face the same confusion as I did, have the tools and resources to make sensible choices.

If you’ve never had any contact with the industry, you don’t have first-hand information of what typesetting is, what’s the right trim size for your novel or how to establish your genre.

That’s how From Writing To Publishing was born:

This is where I wrote a step-by-step free guide for all upcoming novelists.

And of course, I also have an interview section where I had the honour to interview all sorts of professionals in the writing industry on my quest to be of service for the writing community.

From bestselling authors, indie authors, illustrators, editors, designers, book reviewers, I’ve interviewed excellent professionals so that authors can learn from them and even contact them if they need their services.

Find it here:

4. How can we get your book?

Lost in Amber is now internationally available in both ebook and paperback formats on Amazon:

I’d like to invite everyone who reads the novel and likes it, to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s the best way to give an author a pat on the back, we all appreciate it immensely when readers tell us we’ve done well.

It makes the effort worthwhile.

5. What are the difficulties you face while writing/blogging?

I feel like twenty-four hours are not enough to do everything I have to do. I have two jobs, I write daily and I blog three times a week, it’s probably why I don’t have any kids! There’s just not enough time to reproduce, hahaha!

To be honest with you, I love it! There’s nothing better than being productive and accomplishing your objectives.

6. What are you working on and where can readers find you?

Esther Rabbit | From Words To Spellbinding Novels

Find me (click on):
Facebook * Goodreads * Twitter * Instagram

On her quest to be of service for the writing community, she started an interview section on her site where she picks the creative brain of bestselling authors, indie authors and all sorts of professionals in the industry.

Book review : The Alpha Yeti

Book : The Alpha Yeti

Author : Sum

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre : Thriller, Adventure

No. Of pages : 213

Book description,

Every tribal land has its own tribulations and the Kasis were way beyond any hope or help, for what they were undergoing was terrifyingly unspeakable. It wasnt any myth or taboo. This one was true. The One God was as real as the White Giants. But, all the suffering and trepidation came from the impossibly aggressive Grey Giants. They were a deformity: a fallen imprecation on the Kasis. Somehow, a sensible Bhirendi, the elderly last of the Kasis, addresses the tragedy and rushes his people into the underground chambers of Ravaial before they are forced to face the wrath of the monstrosities that lately have begun to roll down from the White Mountain. With the situation only getting worse by the moment, the tribes hire a pack of ace hunters from the West. But, one of them freaks out and abducts the daughter of an estranged but once-upon-a-time famous hunter to only earn his ire. The hunters are drawn together into a strangely unwelcome land of doom with their fates sealed under the White Mountain. They soon realise that time is all they have left in the entire world when the Grey Giants begin their vicious play. SUM brings to you, The Alpha Yeti!

Review by Shahnila Hassan,

I like the concept of story. The fight is between men and yetis. Story is fascinating but prolonged at some places. This might divert the attention of reader. Although the concept is different. I like the character of Sanau. A daughter of Jai who played a main role amongst them. Jai who is the hunter but gave up the hunting for a long time. Whereas Wurli was the son of chief. All the member of tribe were caught in plight because of huge yetis. They need help but couldn’t get so wurli planned to kidnapped the daughter of hunter jai so he can help them.

How Jai and sanau helped people to rescued from the clutches of yetis?
What are the secrets of yetis that jai revealed?

To know more about the mysterious journey of Alpha yeti read the book and my blog.
Beside this i’d like to share my favourite lines from the book.

‘‘things aren’t meant to be the way they are and if things are done the way they aren’t to be, then they are already done now and we did greatly to cope with it” – Jai

Points I don’t like :

The story is full of drama, emotions, fight, feelings. They represents heroism also but the odd thing is that I wonder how a small girl Sanau fought so bravery meanwhile other men of tribes were out of scene.

I don’t like the cover it is not attractive.

Points which I like :

Chapters were briefly described that you can imagine the battle between them. Well this story contains less characters but heavy role played.

Thank you Writers Melon for sending me the review copy. I’ll recommend this book who like to read thriller and adventure.

Book Review : To Each His Own

Author : River Ames

Genre : Romance

Blurb :
When the past and present collide Widower, Matthew Hollister, returns to the small Idaho town in which he grew up, hoping to provide a wholesome environment for his son. Matthew’s plans didn’t include Brian starting a feud with the son of elementary school principal Grace Banner. It’s when the boys stop feuding, however, and become the most unlikely pair of matchmakers to ever plot romance that Matthew faces his greatest challenge, resisting the widow of the man he once considered his very own nemesis

Book Review by Shahnila :

A cool romantic story. Its a simple Love between two people Grace and Mathew who liked each other but the problem are their sons. Who disliked each other.

Grace, a widow who lived with her son Jason. She is a principal of school. Whereas Mathew son’s Brian studied in the same school.

Well, Can you guess why both of their sons were enemy?

Mathew and Grace faced a lot of problems. They accepted each challenges that came into their way.

Well a simple love story which is having a care, fight, love, emotions, envy, feud etc.

Writer sketched the story so prolong that the reader could lost the attention. But overall the story is quiet and peaceful.

Honey I grew up the kids – resolutions not just for me but my kids too!

By Shahnila Hassan

#NYR2019 #Newyear_bloghop

Honey I grew up the kids – resolutions not just for me but my kids too!

Before marriage we set up new year Resolution for our self after marriage our priorities changed and we have to think for the spouse too. Apparently, I saw too many changes in myself after my baby was born. The experienced was totally different from my expectations. As a mother, this is my duty to make rules for them and make them a wiser kids.

First of all parents try to teach their children “ how to make resolutions” and than work on it. This is very important part and all kids must know the value of their own decision.

I’ll give you some tips.For instance, show them these kinds of alluring worksheet or other captivating activity

For a successful life, we must have to make rules for kids too. For example



Outdoor games

Indoor games

Be obedient


Parents should spend more time with kids

Junk food


Bad habits

Be organize


Avoid smartphones :

Last weekend When I went to the park with my daughter I saw many kids were busy in their mobile they were not taking rides or playing.I’ve noticed that lots of parents are facing the same problem but don’t forget you’re the one who gave them.

If you are thinking about what I do with my kid “Divert their mind”. How? Well play with them, sing a song, give them any activity etc

More outdoor games, less indoor games :

Why? Because it is medically proven that nowadays most kids have lack of Vitamin D in their body because they spent much time in their home so I decided to take my kids to outside during day time for sunlight.

Spend more times with kids:

I decided to spend quality time with family.You can make some plans and enjoy together. Even me and my husband decided to spend more time with our kids rather than doing other chores.


The best thing is reading. Make it a habit that you will read a book once or twice a week for kids. That will help them to explore or learn something new.This is very important you must read at least for 10-20 minutes for your kids. This will enhance their mental approach.

Junk food :

Try to eat less junk foods and more healthy meals. It is for mother and kids too. Junk foods are harmful for health. Try to eat more at homes because what we cook is fresh and healthy but at restaurants it is not mandatory they will serve you fresh meal.

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