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 e-book is obviously Odzer’s personal account of her existence and her reports in Goa – the name itself indicates this, yet it’s tricky to not comprehend her account of Goa’s Freaks as consultant of the whole tradition of hippidom in Goa.
This isn't your vintage hippie story. Cleo’s model of Anjuna is a quarter infested with bothered younger druggies with a penchant for making pots of cash as drug runners. i locate it demanding to think that via all her highs and lows, her journeys and her going Coke Amuck, she might consider with such readability the aspect of every dialog she had on the time.
But few humans come off having a look reliable or extraordinarily attention-grabbing in Ozder’s account, that is at its top a good contribution to our figuring out of a undeniable a part of a selected tradition of the 70s. The hippie communes of Ibiza, Kathmandu and Goa have frequently been talked and written approximately yet hardly ever through an insider.
Cleo Odzer is herself a former hippie, reincarnated as a decent educational within the US. She tells the total tale, with brutal and uncensored honesty. Even on the hazard of portraying herself as a narcissistic, self-centered and a law-breaking visitor of Goa.
Her tale zooms in on that neighborhood of extraterrestrial beings which relocated to a tiny stretch of Goa. even though dependent in Anjuna, the Goa Freaks, as they referred to as themselves, saved hyperlinks around the globe. there have been a few in San Francisco. Many quickly shifted to Bali (Indonesia). Bangkok used to be 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 medicinal drugs to far away destinations. in this cash, they lavishly lived it up within the resulting season. Returns have been excessive. medications got for $2000 in Asia might retail for $21,843 in Canada. simply to hold someone else's medicinal drugs to Canada, they have been paid $8000 to $10,000.
On their drug profits, they lived existence 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 notice for it: "We exchanged realizing smiles. Now I knew how the Goa Freaks made the money to splurge on quite a bit coke (cocaine). Now I knew, simply because I'd been initiated. i used to be rather one in all them."
Odzer narrates how she opened her "dope den," known as the Anjuna Drugoona Saloona, after boldly tacking handwritten ads in the course of the seashore! Her description of the outdoors and indoor events sincerely recommend those are fueled by way of individuals associated with the drug alternate that is way more geared up than such a lot folks may possibly dream of.
Odzer indicates the Goa police did not be vigilant in curtailing the drug exchange. regardless of examining her letters and raiding her domestic, they just enable her off. compared, even Thailand used to be very strict on medications, 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's interesting reading.
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