The Man Who Rode His Bicycle From India To Sweden For Love.
Charlotte ran into Mahanandia while he was drawing portraits in Delhi.
She approached him and wanted a portrait done of herself. The portrait he did for Charlotte certainly wasn't one of his best. "It was a little bit shaky! We said we'd come back the next day," she said. The entire time he was drawing he couldn't help but think that Charlotte was the woman from the prophecy. He decided that when she returned the next day he would ask her a few questions.
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When Charlotte came back the following day, Mahanandia began his investigation.
He found out that not only was she a Taurus and a musician (she played piano), but she also owned a forest in Sweden. "I became shaky. I said: 'It's decided in the heavens, we are destined to meet each other.' She was shocked!" he recalled. She decided to trust her instincts and went with Mahanandia to meet his father, where the couple would receive tribal blessings. "I didn't think, I just followed my heart 100%. There was no logic," explained Charlotte.
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The couple spent one month together, but then it was time for Charlotte to return to her home in Sweden.
Mahanandia had one year left of art school, so he had to stay in India. Most couples will fail under the strains of a long-distance relationship, but their relationship would only grow stronger. In January of 1977, after a year of being apart from one another, Mahanandia wrote to Charlotte and told her that he was going to ride a bicycle from India, to her home in Sweden.
Mahanandia left India with only $80 in his pocket.
While on his journey of over 2,200 miles, Mahanandia painted portraits along the way. It was an unbelievably long journey, but he was committed. Some days he would ride over 40 miles on his bike, but some days it was much easier. "Sometimes you'd get two or three hitchhiking offers and you'd have to choose! I bicycled for love, but I never loved biking," he said. When Mahanandia arrived in Sweden, thanks to artistic talent, he had over $800 in his pocket.
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After four months of travel, Mahanandia arrived in Boras, Sweden, on May 28, 1977.
Some of their friends thought that their romance wasn't going to last, but they were definitely wrong about that. As of today, the couple has been together for over 40 years!
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