THE AMAZ­ING STORY OF THE MAN WHO CY­CLED FROM IN­DIA TO EUROPE FOR LOVE

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - JB

by Per J. An­der­s­son, Allen & Un­win.

Ev­ery­thing about this true-life ro­mance runs long: its ti­tle, the full name of its hero (373 let­ters!), and the bi­cy­cle jour­ney he took to be re­united with the Swedish tourist, Charlotte, he met in Delhi in 1975. It is the un­likely story of a cute meet – she asked him to sketch her por­trait – and a whir­wind ro­mance, cul­mi­nat­ing in a tribal mar­riage. But Charlotte had to re­turn home, leav­ing her un­of­fi­cial hus­band, known as PK, to work out how to bridge the 7000km separat­ing them. Fly­ing was out of the ques­tion so he got on his bike. He crossed coun­tries and con­ti­nents and this story of how he made it, and how they are still to­gether 40 years on with two chil­dren, is as charm­ing as any fairy­tale.

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