Goodbye Madiba

The grief over the death of Mandela which is pouring out over the social network

is very real and very personal. He led a very hard life, working in lime quarries in the prison and damaging his eyesight. He contracted TB.His ability to transcend his circumstances saw the Robben Island prison being unofficially viewed as

the Nelson Mandela University.The http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/12/postscript-nelson-mandela-1918-2013.html blog gives an exhaustive account of Mandela’s life.

Politicians and celebrities tweeted their last respects. There was a flutter over a Tweet/hoax from Paris Hilton’s account

The people in Soweto danced in the streets-in celebration of a life lived to the maximum, to the end of the line, to the edge of human experience.

Isn’t it ironic that a man that South African government of the time forbade from being talked about or met, whose name and identity they wanted silenced has thwarted them even in his death?

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