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Amusing Light

It’s good to have good sense of humour and I’m appreciative of the fact that we have lots of people around us who have this sense. And you know, to be able to laugh out loud and loosen up the nerves, we need the humour sense as well. To be too serious-minded is to distort the nerves and complicate the human sense.

Without sense of humour, life will be too difficult to withstand.

In my country, the situation of things is a bit entangled partly because of the aftermath of covid-19… Funny enough, people are casting amusing light on everything. That’s a survival mechanism. Humour helps us pass through a difficult stage of life.

That’s why it’s a good thing to have friends who are not too serious-minded and who will always find a way to make you throw your hands and legs in the air and slide off your seat and roll on the floor and shed good tears. Hope you get it.


Birthday quotes

Birthdays are a great time to stop and appreciate gravity. Sure, it makes things sag as you get older, but it also keeps your cake from flying all over the room, so you don’t have to chase it.
– Greg Tamblyn

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
— Lucille Ball

Author | John Grisham

John Grisham is an author with not less than 39 books published in his name, from 1989 to date.

Brief Biography

John Grisham is an American novelist, politician, attorney and activist. He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8th 1955.

He got his first degree from Mississippi State University and received his Juris Doctor Degree from University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981, the same year he got married to his wife, Renee. He practiced Criminal Law for about ten years and served in the Mississipi House of Representatives between January 1984 and September 1990.

He has two children, Shea and Ty Grisham.

Writing Career

John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill was rejected by 28 publishers before it got published by Wynwood Press in 1989.

He became really famous as a writer after his second novel, The Firm – got published and it became the bestselling novel of 1991. Ever since his writing career has been blossoming.


His works cover Legal thriller, crime fiction, southern gothic, football and baseball. But he’s mostly known for his Legal thrillers.

List of John Grisham’s Books

1989 – A Time to Kill

1991 – The Firm

1992 – The Pelican Brief

1993 – The Client

1994 – The Chamber

1995 – The Rainmaker

1996 – The Runaway Jury

1997 – The Partner

1998 – The Street Lawyer

1999 – The Testament

2000 – The Brethren

2001 – A Painted House

2001 – Skipping Christmas

2002 – The Summons”

2003 – “The King of Torts

2003 – Bleachers

2004 – The Last Juror

2005 – The Broker

2006 – The Innocent Man

2007 – Playing for Pizza

2008 – The Appeal

2009 – The Associate2009 – Ford County (short stories)

2010 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

2010 – The Confession

2011 – Theodore Boone: The Abduction

2011 – The Litigators

2012 – Theodore Boone: The Accused

2012 – Calico Joe

2012 – The Racketeer

2013 – Theodore Boone: The Activist

2013 – Sycamore Row

2014 – Gray Mountain

2015 – Theodore Boone: The Fugitive

2015 – Rogue Lawyer

2016 – Partners (a “Rogue Lawyer short story)

2016 – Theodore Boone: The Scandal

2016 – Witness to a Trial (a digital short story)

2016 – The Whistler

2017 – Camino Island

Famous Quotes by John Grisham

“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard”. -John Grisham

“You live your life today,
Not tomorrow,
and certainly not yesterday.” -John Grisham

“I was tired of secrets, tired of seeing things I was not supposed to see. And so I just cried.” -John Grisham, APainted House

“Mr. Buckley, let me explain it this way. And I’ll do so very carefully and slowly so that even you will understand it. If I was the sheriff, I would not have arrested him. If I was on the grand jury, I would not have indicted him. If I was the judge, I would not try him. If I was the D.A., I would not prosecute him. If I was on the trial jury, I would vote to give him a key to the city, a plaque to hang on his wall, and I would send him home to his family. And, Mr. Buckley, if my daughter is ever raped, I hope I have the guts to do what he did”. -John Grisham, A Time to Kill“Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it’s a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive” -John Grisham, The Confession

“It’s amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you’d simply told the truth” -John Grisham, The Client

Lessons I’ve learned so far from John Grisham’s writing history

Keep writing even when the pile of your books and the height of your fame have reached the sky.

Rejection doesn’t mean the end of writing. Persist even when you meet a hundred publisher rejections.

Work hard to publish at least a book in a year.


Author | Ben Okri

In 1991, The Famished Road won the Booker Prize for Fiction Award and the author, Ben Okri, 32 at the time, became the youngest author to win that Award.

Brief Biography

Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist,  born in Minna, Nigeria to Grace and Silver Okri in 1959. He spent his early years in London, where his father moved to study law at the time. Ben went to his primary school in Peckham before the family moved back to Nigeria in 1968. 

Earlier in his life, way before he realized his call was towards poetry, he wanted to study a short university program in physics. He was rejected on the ground that he was too young, only 14, and unqualified. 

He began to write with a focus on social and political issues. But these articles failed to pique the interest of the publishers. However, some of those articles were published in women journals and evening papers as short stories. 

Okri’s writing desire intensified when he found himself homeless in England after his scholarship funding failed to keep him in Essex University where he studied Comparative Literature. In his own words, the trying time is “very, very important” to his work. 

Writing Career

In 1980, at 21, Okri published his debut novel Flowers and Shadows. From 1983 to 1986, he worked with West Africa Magazine as a poetry editor and also a contributor to BBC World Service 1983-1985. His career soared in 1991 when his novel The Famished Road won the Booker Prize for Fiction.


Between 1980 – 2021, Ben Okri has a total of twenty-six works to his name; novels, poetry, essays, short stories, films and online fiction.

Notable Works


The Famished Road – 1991

Starbook                     – 2007


A way of being free     – 1997

A time for New Dream – 2011

Notable Award

Booker Prize for Fiction (The Famished Road – 1991)

Some Of Ben Okri’s Quotes

Reading, therefore, is a co-production between writer and reader. The simplicity of this tool is astounding. So little, yet out of it whole worlds, eras, characters, continents, people never encountered before, people you wouldn’t care to sit next to in a train, people that don’t exist, places you’ve never visited, enigmatic fates, all come to life in the mind, painted into existence by the reader’s creative powers. In this way the creativity of the writer calls up the creativity of the reader. Reading is never passive.

Ben Okri

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.

Ben Okri

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.

Ben Okri

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.

Ben Okri

Don’t despair too much if you see beautiful things destroyed, if you see them perish. Because the best things are always growing in secret.

Ben Okri

The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure.

Ben Okri

Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.

Ben Okri

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Ben Okri



Author | Alice Walker

If you have watched the movie, The Colour Purple, you have seen the writer of the award winning story, Alice Walker.

Alice Walker’s brother accidentally shot her in the eye with a BB pellet when she was eight. She became blind in that eye. Due to her defect, she became self-conscious, shy and withrawn. She felt like she was ugly and disabled.

 It was during this period that she began to read and write. At fourteen, she had an eye surgery to improve her appearance. But at the time, she was already hooked on writing and reading and couldn’t stop.

Brief Biography

Alice walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist. She was born in Eatonton, Georgia USA in 1944. Because she was very brilliant, Walker got a scholarship to attended Spelman College and later switched to  Sarah Lawrence College with another scholarship.

After college, she worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer. As an activist she active in the Civil Rights Movement to fight for the equality of African Americans.

In 1967, she got married to her white husband, Melvyn Rosenman Levental and they became the first legally married inter-racial couple to live in Missisipi. They had a daughter, Rebecca before divorcing in 1976.

Writing Career

After the publication of her third novel, The Colour Purple in 1982, her career as a writer took a great turn and she became very successful. In 1983, the amazing work of fiction won Walker both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award For Fiction. The Colour Purple made it to the big screen in 1985 directed by Steven Spielberg starring Whoopi Golberg as Celie, Opra Winifrey and Danny Glover.
The movie was a huge success just like the Novel.

List of Alice Walker’s Works

(Contains links to Amazon.com)


– The Third Life of Grange Copeland

– Meridian

– The Color Purple

– The Temple of My Familiar

– Possessing the Secret of Joy

– By the Light of My Father’s Smile

– Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart

Short Stories

– In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black     Women

– Alice Walker Banned

– You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down

– The Way Forward Is With A Broken    Heart

– Sleepwalkers

Essays and Prose

– In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Womanist Prose

– Anything We Love Can Be Saved

– Living By the Word

– I Love Myself When I Am Laughing….A Zora Neale Hurston Reader (editor)

– The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult

-Sent By Earth

– Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women (with Pratibha Parmar)

– We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

– Overcoming Speechlessness

– The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering As the Whole World Awakens To Being In Harm’s Way


– Once

– Revolutionary Petunias

– Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful

– Good Night, Willie Lee, I’ll See You In the Morning

– Her Blue Body Everything We Know, Earthling Poems

– Absolute Trust In The Goodness Of The Earth

– A Poem Travelled Down My Arm, poetry and drawings

– Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

– The World Will Follow Joy; Turning Madness Into FlowersBooks for Children

– To Hell With Dying

– Langston Hughes, American Poet

– Finding the Green Stone

– There Is A Flower At The Tip Of My Nose Smelling Me

– Why War Is Never A Good Idea


– Pema Chodron and Alice Walker in Conversation (video)

Collected Interviews

– The World Has Changed; Conversations With Alice Walker, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd.

Recent Works

– New Poems, Taking The Arrow Out Of The Heart, 2018

– The World Will Follow Joy; Turning Madness Into Flowers (poems) 2013

– The Cushion In The Road; Meditation and Wandering As The Whole World Awakens To Being In Harm’s Way (essays, travels and dreams)

– The Chicken Chronicles, a Memoir, 2011.

Famous Quotes by Alice Walker

“In nature nothing is perfect, trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways and they’re still beautiful
Look closely at the present you are conducting, it should look like the future you are dreaming
I have learned not to worry about love, but to welcome it’s coming with all my heart
Men make war to attract attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate.
Activism is my rent for living on the planet.
What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Be nobody’s darling.
Be an outcast
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones.
To keep you warm.

– Alice Walker

Lesson From Her Life

Walker’s  life is a typical example of how an obstacle can become a stepping stone. But for that shot in her eye, Alice probably, couldn’t have become a writer and what she is today.

Be strong. Work hard