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Fifty years after the Beatles came to India, the bungalows where the Fab Four lived, the post office where John Lennon sent Yoko Ono postcards and the giggling guru's house are all ruins. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram, where the world's most famous group sought refuge and spirituality in 1968 and wrote much of its seminal "White Album," fell into disuse in the early 2000s.By 1968, following the death of Beatles manager Brian Epstein the year before, there were fissures beginning to show among John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.Others there included fellow musicians Donovan and Beach Boy Mike Love, and actress Mia Farrow along with her reclusive sister Prudence, who was the inspiration for Lennon's song "Dear Prudence".One local old enough to remember is Ajit Singh, the owner of a music shop – still open – in the nearby town of Dehradun, who fixed Lennon's guitar and performed at Harrison's 25th birthday celebration.McCartney left after five weeks, and Harrison and Lennon after two months.
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