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 habit on Anjuna seashore in Goa. The booklet is obviously Odzer’s personal account of her lifestyles and her reviews in Goa – the name itself indicates this, yet it’s tough to not comprehend her account of Goa’s Freaks as consultant of the complete tradition of hippidom in Goa.

This isn't your vintage hippie story. Cleo’s model of Anjuna is a region infested with bothered younger druggies with a penchant for making pots of cash as drug runners. i locate it not easy to think that via all her highs and lows, her journeys and her going Coke Amuck, she might take note with such readability the aspect of every dialog she had on the time.

But few humans come off having a look sturdy or extraordinarily attention-grabbing in Ozder’s account, that's at its top an excellent 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 usually been talked and written approximately yet hardly ever through an insider.

Cleo Odzer is herself a former hippie, reincarnated as a good educational within the US. She tells the total tale, with brutal and uncensored honesty. Even on the threat 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 established 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 used to be a oft-visited vacation spot. They congregated round a couple of down-market lodges in Mumbai too.

yet within the monsoon, the Goa Freaks fled the torrential rains and undertook 'scams' -- couriering medications to far away destinations. in this funds, they lavishly lived it up within the resulting season. Returns have been excessive. medications obtained for $2000 in Asia may well retail for $21,843 in Canada. simply to hold a person 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 pal coming in from Thailand. Take her be aware for it: "We exchanged realizing smiles. Now I knew how the Goa Freaks made the cash to splurge on lots coke (cocaine). Now I knew, simply because I'd been initiated. i used to be rather certainly one of them."

Odzer narrates how she opened her "dope den," known as the Anjuna Drugoona Saloona, after boldly tacking handwritten advertisements in the course of the seashore! Her description of the open air and indoor events sincerely recommend those are fueled by way of individuals associated with the drug alternate that's way more geared up than so much people may well dream of.

Odzer indicates the Goa police did not be vigilant in curtailing the drug alternate. regardless of examining her letters and raiding her domestic, they just allow her off. compared, even Thailand was once very strict on medicinal drugs, and Bali was determined 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 in simple terms by the way. still, it's attention-grabbing reading.

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