"I was cycling for love, but never loved cycling. It’s simple."… An Indian artist who believed a Swedish tourist was ‘the love of his life’ cycled from India to Boras in Sweden in just four months in 1977 to convince her parents to let them marry.
Following the ‘Hippy Trail’, PK Mahanandia decided to make the journey to reunite with the woman who had captured his heart when she posed for a ‘portrait in 10 minutes’.
He recalled how Charlotte Von Schedvin was not happy with the first portrait, and returned the next day. Although she was no more satisfied with his second attempt, he invited her for tea.
Given his low-caste status, he was amazed when she agreed, and he quizzed her to find out whether she was ‘the one’, given that his mother had told him his future wife’s "zodiac sign would be Taurus, she would come from a far away land, she would be musical and would own a jungle”, according to the BBC (link is external) .
Ms Von Schedvin responded that she was a Taurus, her noble family owned a forest, and she also played the piano.
"It was an inner voice that said to me that she […]