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How to remember 50 years of The Beatles' first trip to India

For a group of under-30 lads, the spiritual experience influenced their music in many ways.

(The writer spoke to journalist Ajoy Bose, whose book Across the Universe is about to release this month. He recounts The Beatles' first trip to India, a memorable moment in time.)

  • "There are places I remember
  • All my life though some have changed
  • Some forever not for better
  • Some have gone and some remain
  • All these places have their moments
  • With lovers and friends I still can recall
  • Some are dead and some are living
  • In my life I've loved them all"
  • - In My Life, Rubber Soul

Looking back at this memorable moment in time, one can safely say that the connection between The Beatles and India was one guided by destiny.

The three-year journey starts from the time when George Harrison picked up the sitar with curiosity quite accidentally. This led to Pandit Ravi Shankar entering his life, and their relationship is almost like a karmic one from

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