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Dum Maro Dum . . . How the Australian hippie’s imagined India?

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Do you know about the exciting hippie trail that existed in 1960s and 1970s from Australia to India?

During the 1960s and 1970s a lot of young Australians followed their contemporaries in search of counterculture and peace. This search to forget the war and materialism of the West lead most of them on a romantic journey in the ancient cities and beaches of India.

 

According to Dr. Agnieszka Sobocinska, Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University: the hippies imagined India as the opposite of West - if the West was boring, India was exciting; if the West was grey and bland, India was imagined as full of colour and excitement - an amazing technicolour sort of place!