Love knows no borders and nothing can be more apt to exemplify this old adage than the story of portrait artist Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, who cycles all the way to Sweden in the late 70s to meet his lady love and future wife.
The two had met in his home country of India after she travelled there from London to have her portrait painted by him when she was 19.
it’s great because it reminds people about love,’ Ms Von Schedvin, now 62, told Metro.co.uk after she picked up a prize with her husband at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards yesterday.
She added: ‘We have to be reminded especially because of the time we’re living in.’
Their romance was turned into a book by author Per J Andersson called ‘The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycles from India to Europe for Love’
Dr Mahanandia, 67, had become a popular artist while studying at the College of Art in New Delhi despite being discriminated against because he was from an ‘untouchable’ caste and was also poor.
Dr Mahanandia rode across Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria and Denmark to see his wife after she returned home to Gothenburg, Sweden.
PK told them the reason behind his visit and produced photographs of his marriage with Charlotte.
Authorities were surprised and did not believe that someone of royal blood from Europe would marry a poor Indian.
The sudden revelation made even PK skeptical whether his lady love would accept him or not.
When Charlotte learned about the man from India who cycled all the way for around 5 months, she drove to Gothenburg and received her husband with unbridled happiness.