He Was An Outcast. She Was An Aristocrat! Their Incredible Story Is Proof That Love Does Conquer All
This is the beautiful love story of an Indian man named Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia and a Swedish woman, Charlotte Von Schedvin. The stars had predicted their meeting long before they laid eyes on each other. But their love was not without its struggles.
Pradyumna was born in India. In his country, families usually visited astrologists when a baby was born to see the future of the child. The astrologist predicted that Pradyumna would one day ignore tradition to marry a woman from a far-away country. She would be a Taurus and would be able to play the flute. Her family would also own forestlands.
Growing up, Pradyumna, who belonged to the lowest caste of Indian society usually referred to as the 'untouchables,' endured all sorts of pain, bullying, and abuse. He said he was treated "worse than stray dogs and cattle." Sometimes, people even threw rocks at him. Pradyumna found solace in his love for drawing portraits on the streets of Delhi. It was during one of these times that he met the gorgeous Charlotte Von Schedvin, a Swedish tourist.
Once the pair started talking, Pradyumna remembered his birth prediction and began asking some questions while he drew her portrait. He found out that she was a Taurus, she played the flute and piano, and that her family owned forestlands. An excited Pradyumna proclaimed to Charlotte at this point, "you are meant to be my wife."
They both got to know each other and before long, they became romantically involved with one another. The couple later got married in Pradyumna's village. Unfortunately, like all love stories, theirs did not come without some challenges. Charlotte had to go back to Sweden and her husband promised to join her there as soon as he could.
For 16 months, the couple lived separately. They wrote letters to each other during this time and Pradyumna began to realize that he could not be apart from his wife any longer.
Charlotte offered to pay for his ticket to come to Sweden but Pradyumna was a proud man. He wanted to do this on his own. He began by selling all his possessions but was still unable to afford the air ticket. He ended up purchasing a used bicycle for 60 rupees and hit the road with just 200 rupees in his pocket.
As he understood he needed to travel for five months to reach his beloved, Pradyumna decided to cover 45 miles every day. He drew portraits of people along the way and they paid with money, food or a place for him to sleep at night. By the time he got to Sweden, he had covered more than 6,000 miles.
When he arrived, Pradyumna was not allowed to enter the country. They did not believe his story. But they called Charlotte and confirmed it.
His journey began on January 22, 1977, and he reached Boras on May 28, 1977. “We couldn’t talk. We just cried in each other’s embrace," he said, describing what it was like to be in the arms of his beloved once again. In 1979, the couple got married for the second time. They have been together for more than 40 years now and they are both as happy as ever.
On how they have managed to keep their relationship strong over all these years, Pradyumna said it's all about honesty, understanding, and respect.