"In Kaliyuga 597, Gauthama Siddhartha, a prince of India, sat beneath a tree and meditated. The riches of his people were before him, privilege and honor enough for 10 nobles. But he knew nothing of poverty. After much meditation, he decided he preferred it that way. He became a hideous tyrant, conquering the lands to the north as well as other Hindi."
Excellent work, from the excellent Today in Alternate History site. Well recommended, although it will steal all of your time, and your colleagues will wonder why you’re giggling like a loon.