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About the author:
Ricardo Alexanders lives in Massachusetts. After obtaining his doctorate in science, He became fascinated with time-travel. As an aspiring writer, he loves to write time-travel stories that blend fantasy, science, and real history together.
What inspired you to write your book?
As a lifelong Beatles fan, I stumbled into a YouTube video in 2013. In that video, a tribute band played Let It Be, my favorite Beatles song of all time, with traditional Indian instruments. That very night, I had a strange dream. In my dream, I woke up as a singer in 1958 India, which I was always fascinated by her colorful culture. What are the odds?
The next morning, I scribbled down my lingering memory of the dream. Then, a question came to me. If John Lennon was born an Indian… with the same talent, could he still conquer the world?
This is the very question that I kept asking myself during my writing of Bollywood Invasion. Something extraordinary had to happen if the Indian (British) Invasion was to take America by storm as the world back then was not even close to be as multi-cultural as we are today.
Five years later, here I am, ready to share my dream with the world and pay my tribute to the greatest band in my mind.
Here is a short sample from the book:
Imagine you’re sixteen, and living in Brooklyn, being bullied by every kid who’s bigger than you. Then, BAM! You wake up as a young prince in 1958 India. Suddenly, you find yourself with riches and power beyond your wildest fantasies. This is how your journey starts in Bollywood Invasion, which uniquely blends Indian cultural experience, time-travel and the legendary songs from the Beatles.
Brooklyn is readily forgotten. Life becomes a constant stream of debauchery, coming to a stand-still only when you meet “the one.” However, love doesn’t come easy. You must become a better man and you decide to sing your way into her heart with the songs based on your memory of vintage Beatles music. One night, you come to the lawn outside her dormitory building to ask her out, for the last time…
At eleven in the night, Ankita woke up to a familiar voice calling her name outside her dorm. “Not again!” she groaned as she crawled from under the covers.
“Why don’t you write a song for me too? I am not that bad!”
Ankita could hear the banter outside. She walked to the door but could not open it. Priyanka must be in the building, she thought.
Raj stood on the lawn exactly where he had the last time he was there.
“I wrote another song, especially for you!”
Ankita opened the door and saw Raj standing next to Arun with his acoustic guitar. “Raj, please leave,” she begged.
“Not until you’ve heard this!” Arun started playing a tune on his guitar and the entire dorm fell quiet.
“Hey Raj, don’t make it bad …” https://youtu.be/vxv_6YDOqvs
He never took his eyes off her the entire time that he sang Hey You, his parody of Hey Jude. Had she always been this beautiful?
“Hey Raj, don’t be afraid …”
“Who the hell is singing at this ungodly hour!” the matron shouted from somewhere. Raj continued to sing, not flinching at all. Arun, on the other hand, was not feeling as confident as Raj.
“Raj, we should go!”
“I am going to break every single one of your bones, you rascal!”
“Raj, run! She will catch you!” yelled Ankita.
Raj smiled. She cared about him.
He continued to sing.
“It’s you again!” The matron was on the lawn now, brandishing a large broom in her hand ominously.
“Raj, we should go!”
“Keep playing! Na nanananana!”
He started running, the matron after him.
“I am done here,” said Arun and ran away into the darkness.
“Na nanananana!” Raj continued to sing while running around in circles in the lawn, the matron closing in. Some of the girls watching the moment unfold started singing with him. “Na nanananana!”
“Raj, what are you doing?” yelled Ankita. “Go back!”
“Na nanananana!” The entire dorm building sang.
“I…love…you…Ankita!” he shouted as he ran, his breath running out. “Give…me…a…chance!”
“I am going to break your legs, YOU RASCAL!” The matron flung the broom at Raj.
“For god’s sake, run! I will go out with you! Just once! Go now!”
The entire dorm building erupted.
“I love you, Ankita!” said Raj as he broke into a run. “Na nanananana!” he continued to sing as he disappeared into the darkness.