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Old Jan 06, 2006, 10:37 PM   #11
Apple Scruff
Join Date: Sep 25, 2005
Location: Alameda, CA
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Oh, thanks for all the pictures!

The couple of b&w photos where they are crossing the bridge are pretty interesting to me. If I remember correctly, there are two small suspension bridges crossing the Ganges river in Rishikesh: Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula ("jhula" means bridge, I think). I've often imagined crossing those bridges. Maybe I have some empathy with Muslims who want to go to Mecca before they die - I'd also like to cross those bridges in Rishikesh sometime in this life.

I also like any photos which show the water, sand and trees of Rishikesh. There's something about the natural landscape that really touches me. It's a curious convergence of environments. There are snowy mountains nearby, but the overall climate of Rishikesh is moderate. The Himalayas were under the sea a long time ago, so the marine environment has reincarnated into a sort of riverside beach area. So many old geological and ecological upheavals must have happened, with the Ganges river constantly cutting through it all and keeping things fresh and new.

Maybe it's just my imagination, but the b&w with John and Cynthia (I think that's Cynthia) looks like they were less than affectionate with each other at the moment. Somewhat like the chill between Prince Charles and Princess Diana in some of the footage as their marriage fell apart.

Did George meet Srila Prabhupada in Rishikesh? Even if he didn't, oh well, Srila Prabhupada is another Indian guru, so I guess that's close enough.
Originally Posted by FPSHOT
The best site I know of is the one from Paul Saltzman
These are great pictures. The sense of intimacy is the best part. The Beatles look very candid and natural, and there's not much of them "striking a pose".

Actually, I found out about that site some weeks ago thanks to the "Beatles in Rishikesh" thread. It was still cool to see the photos again, but I still felt the big disappointment in thinking that there were so few photos. It's probably an unreasonable expectation, but I keep thinking there are hundreds more photos floating around somewhere. Silly, heh?

The photos of John were the most interesting for me. At first, I kept thinking that John looked like he was in a foul mood most of the time. And I dunno, but maybe there was a sense in which he wasn't having much fun. But I also couldn't help but feel that there was something like a youthful melancholy about him (John has a way of looking grumpy and cute at the same time). Physically, I thought he looked more sanguine than during the clean-cut years of Beatlemania, and definitely more so than the lean and somewhat austere body and complexion he had later when Yoko came into his life. But emotionally, in spite of the lack of John's smile in the photos, I somehow thought that there was a light and playful aura about him. I suppose all this sounds a bit contradictory, but maybe it's because a lot of good and bad vibes were going around together during the Beatles' stay in Rishikesh.
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