Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

The Man Who Rode His Bicycle From India To Sweden For Love.

Love is truly a mysterious force. We're not entirely sure what draws us to certain people, but when it happens, there's nothing we can do to stop it. This is a story about love. The type of love that was written in a young man's stars at a very early age. The type of love that most of us wish to find in our own lives. Keep reading to find out how absolutely nothing could get in the way of how these two people felt, even if that meant crossing borders and traveling thousands of miles.

PK Mahanandia was born into the Dalit caste system in eastern India.

In his country, Mahanandia was considered "untouchable." He was shunned by his entire community, and sadly, wasn't even allowed to sit in the classroom. "I was below the dogs and cows. The moment I went near the temple, [people] started throwing stones. Those things, I never forget," he recalled during an interview. Mahanandia was ordered to listen to the school lessons outside, until one day when the school received some visitors.

PK Mahanandia was born into the Dalit caste system in eastern India.

Dr P.K Mahanandia

A British school inspector and his wife were visiting his school, so Mahanandia was allowed to sit in the back of the classroom.

The inspector gave a garland of flowers to a girl in the front, but his wife gave her garland to Mahanandia. "She could see I was an outcast. She touched my head and said: 'Your lovely curly hair!' I was happy, but at the same time I was crying. It was like a little light for me in the dark cave," Mahanandia recalled. He immediately ran home and told his mother that he was in love with a white woman. What she told him that day would stay with him the rest of his life.

A British school inspector and his wife were visiting his school, so Mahanandia was allowed to sit in the back of the classroom.

Mahanandia's mother did a horoscope reading for him using a palm leaf.

She told him that he would marry "a white woman, from a faraway land." She also informed him that the woman would be a Taurus, she would be involved in music, and own a jungle. Mahanandia would carry that prophecy with him in the back of his mind throughout his life.

Mahanandia's mother did a horoscope reading for him using a palm leaf.

Dr P.K Mahanandia

It was the year 1975, when Mahanandia was a very poor art student.

More often than not he would have to sleep inside of phone booths, or at bus stops. Eventually, Mahanandia made a name for himself by drawing portraits of celebrities and politicians, including Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. Thanks to his growing reputation, Mahanandia was allowed to draw portraits in Delhi's central square, Connaught Place. This is where his life would be changed forever.

It was the year 1975, when Mahanandia was a very poor art student.

Dr P.K Mahanandia

Charlotte Von Schedvin was a 20-year-old traveler from Sweden.

She had a passion for India and wanted to see its beauty. She spent 22 days traveling along the "Hippie Trail," a cultural highway that followed much of the Silk Road, in order to see the India of her dreams. It was on this trip that she met Mahanandia.

Charlotte Von Schedvin was a 20-year-old traveler from Sweden.

Dr P.K Mahanandia

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