Sixteen-year-old John Palmieri is living an average life in modern-day Brooklyn until, one day, he is hit by a bus and wakes up as Raj Scindia, a prince in 1958 India with riches and power beyond his wildest fantasies. He makes out with his teacher, he tells about the future; his new life becomes a constant stream of debauchery until he meets “the one.” To pursue his love, Ankita Desai. He forms the Beetos, the first student Rock and Roll band in India, and starts recreating the Beatles’ songs based on his memory.
With the help of those legendary songs, Raj wins Ankita’s heart but fails to change the mind of her father, who thinks beating a drum and singing songs are what beggars do on the streets. To prove him wrong, Raj and the Beetos move to London, where they meet Brian Epstein and become international stars. Just as he is getting ready to propose again, Ankita’s father brings her to her uncle in NYC and cuts off communication between the two lovers.
Desperate to find Ankita, Raj rushes to put together a tour to the US. However, he does not have Ankita’s contact information. Raj believes that they shall meet at the Bridge of Love if they are meant to be together. So, he asked to meet her at the Brooklyn bridge through a friend. However, he does not know whether Ankita has received his message.
On February 8th, 1964, Beetomania arrives America. Two nights later, Raj rendezvous with Ankita at the Brooklyn Bridge. Ankita’s father finally caves in determination of the couple. With his blessing, Raj marries Ankita and the couple lives happily in London.
In 1968, Raj makes a phone call to check on his nine-month pregnant wife on his way home from the 10th Grammy ceremony in Chicago. Ankita slips when she rushes to pick up the phone. The resulting fall kills her together with the couple’s unborn son.
Raj blames himself for their deaths and starts relying on drug and alcohol. After Brian Epstein dies of an overdose, for which Raj feels he is responsible, he disbands the Beetos. For the next decade, he lives in tremendous pain and confusion. He does not know if he is really Raj or John. He does not know he is living a dream or dreaming a lie.
In 1980, Raj meets a man named Mark Chapman. Based on his memory of the other world, Raj thinks that God has sent Chapman to set him free. He creates many chances for Chapman to do what he is destined to do by history. However, Chapman makes no move. Utilizing Chapman’s hunger for instant fame, Raj executes a perfect plan.
After Raj is shot dead in NYC, he wakes up again as John in Brooklyn. He barely remembers his dream. On his way to school, John is hit by a bus again and loses consciousness. This time, he does not wake up somewhere else. Instead, he gets up and walks into his classroom, where he is hit by a feeling of deja vu. His teacher introduces a new student who has just moved to Brooklyn from India — Ankita Desai.
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A story that is should to become a classic in its own right.
An engrossing saga that excels in unexpected turns of plot.
As a huge Beatles Fan and I guess for any fan of the Beatles Bollywood Invasion by Ricardo Alexanders could very well be looked at as BLASPHEMY!
You could just see a fun time traveling Rock-n-Roll alternate universe or parallel dimension. Take your pick.
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The latter part of the story must be discussed. The way the past re connects with the present is unbelievable. It simply made me say wow!!!!
Overall, intriguing story with a unique plot.
A poignant romance, page-turner
An imaginative…rock ‘n’ roll fantasy.
Winning combination with its twisted melding of Beatlemania, romance, drama, humor, fantasy elements, and intriguing characters
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