NonFic: The Amazing Story of the Man who Cycled From India to Europe for Love by Per J. Andersson; Translated from Swedish by Anna Holmwood.

August: NonFiction

This is the story of a boy born to a man and woman in Orissa, India.  His father was from a scheduled caste, or outcaste.  The mother was from a tribe, one of the original peoples of India.  The son was born under a prophesy, made by the village astrologer, that he would marry a girl from far away, from outside the country, and she would own a jungle.  This is the story of how it all came to pass.  A very surprising story, and a very surprising point of view. – Judith

Pradyumna Kumar, aka PK, was born into a poor, untouchable family in a small village in eastern India. Throughout his childhood he kept a palm leaf bearing an astrologer’s prophecy: ‘You will marry a girl who is not from the village, not even from the country; she will be musical, own a jungle and be born under the sign of the ox’. Incredibly, it was a prophecy that would come true, but only after the most remarkable journey that would take PK, armed with only a handful of paintbrushes and a second-hand bicycle, from the jungles of eastern India to the forests of Sweden.

Part reportage, part travel narrative and part memoir, The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love is the extraordinary, life-affirming true story that has captured imaginations around the world.


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