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This Man Cycled Across 8 Countries From India To Sweden To Meet His Wife

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The inspiring story of man who fought the caste system and crossed thousands of miles to be with the love of his life.

This Man Cycled Across 8 Countries From India To Sweden To Meet His Wife:

  1. Delhi

1. The Greatest Love Story Of Our Era

The Greatest Love Story Of Our Erasource: wikimedia.org

Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia (fondly known as PK) was born on 1949 in an Odia weaver family in Kandhapada village In Odisha. His family belonged to the lowest caste in India i.e of “Untouchables”. Even at an young age PK showed inclination towards arts and thus joined Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal. But it became impossible to pay the fee and he had to return home.

Still he didn’t give up on his dream and enrolled himself into College of Art, Delhi to study Fine Arts in 1971 and gained popularity for making portraits of politicians and celebrities. This is where fate took a liking for PK and he met Charlotte Von Schedvin in 1975. Charlotte was Swedish nobility 19 year old student in London, she heard about PK and driven all the way to India on a van in 22 days went to meet PK, to get a portrait of her made by him. As the stars had conspired they met and he was enchanted by beauty and she was drawn in because of sheer simplicity. Love blossomed between the two,and they got married.

However the path of love wasn’t facile for the star-crossed doters, Charlotte had to leave and she asked PK to come with her to Sweden and culminate his studies there. She even offered to pay for his air fare. But being the self made man that he was PK relucted saying he would come to meet her on his own. Times were tough for PK and the blissful couple communicated conventionally through letters. This is when PK decided to sell all his belongings and buy a second-hand bicycle and keep his promise of visiting Charlotte in Sweden.

What follows is one of the greatest journey of our era, PK decided that we would cycle his way to Sweden to meet his soulmate. He packed all his paints and brushes along and began his journey. Starting from Delhi crossed through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria and Denmark; he faced numerous difficulties when his bicycle broke down (which happened a few times), he had to go without food for days but nothing could waver his spirit.

After 4 months and 3 weeks of gruelling journey he finally reached Gothenburg, Sweden on 28th. May 1977. When Charlotte came to known about this, she rushed to Gothenburg and embraced the love of her life. When Charlotte’s family came to known of this PK Herculean journey for their daughter, they accepted PK and broke the royal tradition that prohibited non-white people from residing with the nobles.

Pradyumna is well known in Sweden as an artist and is working as an Adviser, Art and Culture, under the Swedish Government. Swedish Regime in accolade of their love has made films to document this immortal love of the century. PK  is withal designated as the Oriya Cultural ambassador to Sweden by the Regime of Odisha.

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