By Cleo Odzer
Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India is an account of Odzer’s 5 years in India, such a lot of them spent within the fog of coke and smack dependancy on Anjuna seashore in Goa. The publication is obviously Odzer’s personal account of her lifestyles and her studies in Goa – the name itself indicates this, yet it’s tricky to not comprehend her account of Goa’s Freaks as consultant of the total tradition of hippidom in Goa.
This isn't your vintage hippie story. Cleo’s model of Anjuna is a sector infested with stricken younger druggies with a penchant for making pots of cash as drug runners. i locate it tough to think that via all her highs and lows, her journeys and her going Coke Amuck, she could be mindful with such readability the element of every dialog she had on the time.
But few humans come off having a look stable or extraordinarily interesting in Ozder’s account, that is at its top a very good contribution to our realizing of a undeniable a part of a specific tradition of the 70s. The hippie communes of Ibiza, Kathmandu and Goa have usually been talked and written approximately yet hardly ever by way of an insider.
Cleo Odzer is herself a former hippie, reincarnated as a decent educational within the US. She tells the whole tale, with brutal and uncensored honesty. Even on the chance of portraying herself as a narcissistic, self-centered and a law-breaking visitor of Goa.
Her tale zooms in on that group of extraterrestrial beings which relocated to a tiny stretch of Goa. notwithstanding dependent in Anjuna, the Goa Freaks, as they known as themselves, saved hyperlinks around the globe. there have been a few in San Francisco. Many briefly shifted to Bali (Indonesia). Bangkok was once a oft-visited vacation spot. They congregated round a number of down-market resorts in Mumbai too.
yet within the monsoon, the Goa Freaks fled the torrential rains and undertook 'scams' -- couriering medicines to far away destinations. in this cash, they lavishly lived it up within the resulting season. Returns have been excessive. medicinal drugs received for $2000 in Asia may retail for $21,843 in Canada. simply to hold an individual else's medications to Canada, they have been paid $8000 to $10,000.
On their drug gains, they lived lifestyles to the hilt. En course, they stayed within the Sheratons, the vacation hotels and the Hiltons, and met contacts on the Taj.
Cleo Odzer, returning to Anjuna from Canada one time, meets a chum coming in from Thailand. Take her note for it: "We exchanged realizing smiles. Now I knew how the Goa Freaks made the money to splurge on a lot coke (cocaine). Now I knew, simply because I'd been initiated. i used to be quite one among them."
Odzer narrates how she opened her "dope den," referred to as the Anjuna Drugoona Saloona, after boldly tacking handwritten ads during the seashore! Her description of the outside and indoor events in actual fact recommend those are fueled by way of people associated with the drug exchange that's way more geared up than so much people may possibly dream of.
Odzer indicates the Goa police didn't be vigilant in curtailing the drug alternate. regardless of examining her letters and raiding her domestic, they only allow her off. compared, even Thailand was once very strict on medicinal drugs, and Bali was resolute even opposed to nudism.
this isn't a narrative of Goa. it's a tale of the hippies' escapades, which has Anjuna because the backdrop purely by the way. still, it really is attention-grabbing reading.
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