Book Reviews

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Poetic RITUals,” by Ritu Bhathal


Title: Poetic RITUals

Amazon Author Page:  Ritu Bhathal

Publication Date: June 29, 2016

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Poetry, Teen & Young Adult, Women’s



Delve into a book of verse exploring different topics and different genres, all with a RITUal twist. A collection of poetry drawing on the experiences of the writer, ranging from matters of the heart, love for the family, situations in life and some verses written with a humorous twist.


The first thing that attracted me to this book of poetry was the clever play-on-words with the title, Poetic RITUals, and the author’s name. They always say to not judge a book by its cover, but in this case, you should. As clever and heartwarming as the title suggests, so is the poetry inside.

The book was filled with a delightful and eclectic mix of metered poems filled with patterned beats and rhymes, Haiku, and freestyle poetry. Another charming addition was the way the book was divided into four different sections of “RITUals,” family, life, of the heart, and to make you smile. I found the categorization to be a peek into the ingenious mind of the poet.

The themes of motherhood and family, her work as a teacher, and that of being a wife are shared with love and laughter. Many of the poems gave a realistic look at the author’s life that I found endearing. I remembered feeling much the same way when my kids were young.

One of my favorites in this collection was a piece called, “Poetic Confusion,” which I found in the last section of the book. The author laments the writing of poetry in its many forms; finally coming to the conclusion that she would rhyme and vent to her heart’s content, and write poetry in her own way. I love her poetic spirit and spunk.

Poetic RITUals is a must read for wives and mothers of all ages who also wear many hats just to get through a normal day. This sweet book will make you smile. Enjoy it over a cup of tea, or two… I did. ❤


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies


*I follow the Amazon Rating System*


Author & Poet, Ritu Bhathal

About the Author:

Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham, UK, in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origins. This colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her.

From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother. The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry. Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes. A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!

Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which recently was awarded second place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.

Ritu is happily married and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the fur baby, Sonu Singh.

She is currently working on some short stories, and a novel, to be published in the near future.

How to Connect with the Author:


TWITTER: @PhantamGiggler

FACEBOOK: But I Smile Anyway…

witchey kissesThanks for stopping by to meet Ritu. Check out her book. You’ll love it.

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    1. My pleasure, Ritu. It’s long overdue but I enjoyed your take on life. You have such a great sense of humor and it comes though in your poetry. A sweet book that all women can identify with. ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. That’s what I really enjoyed was her humorous take on life. She’s such a busy lady and still found time to share that glimpse into her world. I think all new mom’s should get a copy of her fun poetry. ❤

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