I have just started listening to your podcasts-3 of them and just finished 1A and 1B. Love the dry sense of humor and insights given! I know you can’t know everything but do you have ANY ideas or postulations about what was said in India? The immense hurt John felt and the palpable break between Paul & John was just plain weird!! I agree that John was probably high-maintenance and sometimes just plain mentally ill. He was so fortunate that he had Paul for as long as he did to nurture him!Our Tumblr Asks
Boy, do we wish we knew what happened in Rishikesh! We’ve speculated privately about numerous scenarios, but at the end of the day all of it is mere guesswork.
It’s always dicey to delve into John’s psychology, but judging from his songs, in the window between Paul’s engagement and the trip to Rishikesh, John was very anxious about drastic impending life changes (Across the Universe); anxiously urging someone to communicate with him (Hey Bulldog); hopeful/relieved about a peaceful holiday that will allow him to embrace his nature (Child of Nature). Even though Yoko is aggressively pursuing him and he is rejecting Cynthia, John is “so lonely he wants to die” (Yer Blues) and John is obsessed and frustrated at having his concerns/issues repeatedly dismissed by a particular loved one (I’m So Tired).
At the very least, we think it’s safe to conclude John was anxious and lonely and really wanted to talk to someone specific who repeatedly shut him out/down.
We could speculate forever, but all we really know is this: John adored, respected and relied upon Paul prior to India, and after India was abruptly hostile, weird, aloof, super-critical, confrontational and provocative towards him. No one in history has yet been able to adequately explain this transformation.
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