What, if anything, do you think happened between John and Paul in India? (Just looking for your POV, obviously none of us knows). But you have studied them & it seems like there was a cooling of their relationship after that. Seems to be pivotal point. If you want to send me a note I am at bella bee bee 2017@ g mail (one word) :--)
I have but a silhouette of a perspective on what happened, if that makes any sense; it is, conceptually, Schrödinger’s India where everything and nothing happened at the same time.
You have reminded me of certain discussions and speculative points brought up in the past that I’ve been piqued by, though, in relation but not exclusive to whatever did or didn’t happen in India, so do look forward to a small Quotes for Curious Contemplation post in the near future. In the meantime, for your, well, contemplation, here are a few intriguing excerpts I transcribed from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions on January 25th, 1969, when Paul brings up the film footage he’s just seen of their sojourn in Rishikesh:
PAUL: It’s great. It’s incredible, you know, just to sort of see us, what we’re doing.
GEORGE: What were you doing?
JOHN: Yes, what were we doing?
PAUL: Well, uh—
PAUL: I don’t really know, you know. [John laughs] But it’s like we totally put our own personalities on there, for the sake of it. And you can really see, you know.
GEORGE: Do you regret having gone there?
PAUL: No, no. Oh no, no. I mean, you know.
GEORGE: I mean, I feel as though like—
PAUL: No, I just think what we did there—
JOHN: I don’t regret anything. Ever. Not even Bob Wooler.
PAUL: No, I just think what we did there – uh, we didn’t take – we weren’t really sort of truthful, there. You know.
PAUL: It’s that thing, you know. We probably should have sort of—
JOHN: Been ourselves.
PAUL: Yeah. A lot more, yeah.
GEORGE: That is the biggest – that’s the like, the joke, the biggest joke, to be yourselves. Because that was the purpose of going there—
JOHN: Yeah, but I was like—
GEORGE: —to try and find out who yourself really is.
JOHN: Yes. Well, we found out, didn’t we.
GEORGE: And if you were really yourself, we wouldn’t be any of who we are now.