Through Petra and Ira, Vidhea met countless other artists, participating in wide-ranging discussions on every imaginable subject. ‘They opened up this whole world for me,’ she said in an interview with Mark Liechty, author of Far Out, Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal. Vidhea credits Petra and Ira with showing her a world of possibilities ‘that I could have never gotten from my own family or society.’
Wearing short skirts, drinking, smoking and spending time with hippies, Vidhea broke every norm, and paid a price.
In the late 1970s, Petra moved to India to spend time with aghori babas, and is now believed to be a nun with the Brahmakumari in Europe. Vidhea became a semi-professional jazz singer and died of cancer in 2010. Her son Yanik is a well known RJ in Kathmandu.
Feeling groovy, Lucia de Vries
Not so freaky anymore on Freak Street, Alok Tumbahangphey
Circumambulating with Swayambu Billy, Lucia de Vries
Real people, real lives, Hannan Lewsley