By Cleo Odzer
Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India is an account of Odzer’s 5 years in India, so much of them spent within the fog of coke and smack habit on Anjuna seashore in Goa. The publication is obviously Odzer’s personal account of her lifestyles and her reports in Goa – the identify itself indicates this, yet it’s tricky to not comprehend her account of Goa’s Freaks as consultant of the full tradition of hippidom in Goa.
This isn't your vintage hippie story. Cleo’s model of Anjuna is a area infested with stricken younger druggies with a penchant for making pots of cash as drug runners. i locate it difficult to think that via all her highs and lows, her journeys and her going Coke Amuck, she could consider with such readability the element of every dialog she had on the time.
But few humans come off taking a look solid or extraordinarily interesting in Ozder’s account, that's at its most sensible an excellent contribution to our figuring out of a definite 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 not often by way of an insider.
Cleo Odzer is herself a former hippie, reincarnated as a good educational within the US. She tells the entire tale, with brutal and uncensored honesty. Even on the probability 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. although dependent in Anjuna, the Goa Freaks, as they referred to as themselves, stored 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 motels 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 funds, they lavishly lived it up within the resulting season. Returns have been excessive. medicines received for $2000 in Asia might retail for $21,843 in Canada. simply to hold someone else's medicines to Canada, they have been paid $8000 to $10,000.
On their drug profits, they lived existence to the hilt. En direction, they stayed within the Sheratons, the vacation lodges 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 observe for it: "We exchanged realizing smiles. Now I knew how the Goa Freaks made the cash to splurge on rather a lot coke (cocaine). Now I knew, simply because I'd been initiated. i used to be relatively considered one of 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 outside and indoor events basically recommend those are fueled through individuals associated with the drug alternate that is way more geared up than such a lot people may possibly dream of.
Odzer indicates the Goa police did not be vigilant in curtailing the drug exchange. regardless of analyzing 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 basically by the way. still, it truly is interesting reading.
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