neelwrites/whatpeg mansaw/blackisbackandhow!/historicalfiction/30/07/2017


Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa

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Genre:historical fiction



By Neel Anil Panicker

Amandla! Amandla! i-Afrika, mayibuye!  

Cliff Andrews elbowed his way ahead, to near the front steps of the Town Hall.

It means Power!Power! Africa it is ours!, his local aide cum photographer Desmond Steines responded.

Earlier in the day, Cliff, had flown in from Washington and contacted the ever smiling Des, whose darkish features lit up like a 400 watt bulb, the  black button eyes shining like diamonds in the dark, on being told about the assignment.

 “Des, this is big. The guy’s back from prison. Get some close ups. Really tight, buddy. We need to catch him in action, ” were the last bits of advice the senior newsman manning the Africa desk of the New York Times handed out before the two stepped out of the nondescript third floor hotel room and into the mid summer madness that had enveloped all of Pretoria.

Four hours later, back in his hotel room, Cliff’s Remington typewriter banged out the words, “The ANC tri-colour flew high in Cape Town today, the black at its top defiantly jutting out into the dark African sky. The fight for freedom is not yet over; it’s just begun, so said Nelson Mandela who looked …”

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12 thoughts on “neelwrites/whatpeg mansaw/blackisbackandhow!/historicalfiction/30/07/2017

  1. It captures the spirit well.

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  2. Made me want to get up and cheery. Love the deft way you wove history into a vivid present scene!

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    1. That was a very sweet comment, K. Thanks a lot.

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  3. You’ve captured the hopefulness of the time. And the fight continues, not so much for freedom but for equality amongst those who previously called themselves equals. Good one Neel.

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    1. The fight will continue as long as there will be a class of men who are hell bent on denying the rights of others less fortunate as they. Thanks very much Sandra for the appreciation. Your words mean a lot to me.

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  4. A lovely bit of history. Mandela! What a man – you captured the hope he brought to so many people. Well done.

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    1. Thanks a lot for your wonderful appreciation Alicia.


  5. Dear Neel,

    You made me wish I’d been in the crowd that day. What a man he was! Well done.



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    1. Indeed, what a man he was! Thanks Rochelle for the lovely words.


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