He was a 24-year-old sketch artist from a poor family belonging to the lowest caste in India.
She was a 20-year-old tourist from Sweden and of noble stock.
But when Ms Charlotte Von Schedvin stopped to get a sketch of herself by Mr P.K. Mahanandia in Delhi’s Connaught Place, a shopping and business hub, in December 1975, neither could have foreseen it was the beginning of a love story.
The English translation of a best- seller about their remarkable story – The Amazing Story Of The Man Who Cycled From India To Europe For Love – by Swedish author Per J. Andersson that was published in 2013, was released last month.
Speaking to The Sunday Times via Skype from their home in Boras, Sweden – a large estate which has four lakes and a forest – the couple still vividly remember their chance meeting more than 40 years ago.
Ms Von Schedvin had spotted the …