Nelson Mandela | Large as life8 min read 21 Dec 2013, 01:49 AM IST
A fighter who cared about fashion, sex and humour and made the world fall at his feetNelson Mandela became an icon on his own terms
The National Geographic issue of July 1975 is as delightful a time capsule as you would expect from the magazine that dictated our understanding of the world. On the very first page is an advertisement for Iran Air—against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. “Now fly to New York five times a week," the copy cheerfully proclaims, four years before a revolution and a hostage crisis resulted in the US government tossing the airline out of its airspace. There are some bleak Malthusian stories on the hunger games of that decade, and despatches from Cape Cod, the Ozarks, and Philadelphia. In the middle of them all, bookended by ads for a Datsun sports car and the Beechcraft Baron—“You don’t have to live near the water to live near the water"—is a gem of a feature on living near the water, “The Last Andaman Islanders", written and photographed by the late Raghubir Singh.