UP Man Cycles 100 km To Marry, Then Rides Back Home With Bride

Uttar Pradesh: Kalku Prajapati of Pauthiya village in Hamirpur district - about 150 km from state capital Lucknow- was waiting till the last minute for permission from the administration for his marriage on April 25.

UP Man Cycles 100 km To Marry, Then Rides Back Home With Bride

The marriage was planned about five months ago. (Representational)

Hamirpur:

A 23-year-old man in Uttar Pradesh - undeterred by the nationwide lockdown over coronavirus - cycled about 100 km to reach his bride's home, all alone.

Kalku Prajapati of Pauthiya village in Hamirpur district - about 150 km from state capital Lucknow-  was waiting till the last minute for permission from the administration for his marriage on April 25.

But when he did not get the permission after a long wait, he decided to go all alone on his bicycle to his bride Rinki's place at Puniya village in neighbouring Mahoba district, 230 km south of Lucknow.

"We were not getting permission from the local police for the marriage. I was left with no option but to go on bicycle, all alone, to reach there," Prajapati, who studied till Class X and a farmer by profession, said.

"Those people (in-laws) had also got wedding cards printed and were ready for the wedding on the decided date," Prajapati told PTI over phone.

The marriage was fixed about five months back. The bride's family had phoned for the ceremony and Prajapati went for it, according to his father.

"Though I have a motorcycle, I have no driving licence. Bicycle was most handy," Prajapati said. "With a handkerchief around my mouth to save myself from any infection, as advised by all, I set off in the morning in jeans and T-shirt."

Interestingly, the wedding was performed in a village temple with both the bride and the groom posing before camera in their usual clothes with mouths covered, a picture for posterity of the times prevailing during their wedding.

Only the most necessary of ceremonies were held and the couple now awaits for the lifting of the coronavirus lockdown for the remaining functions, including a feast for the villagers, to be completed.

"We will get the cards printed and invite all those who had been inviting us since years and also complete the remaining ceremonies," Prajapati said.

If anything, the return journey after the marriage was even more arduous for Prajapati who had to carry his newlywed wife as pillion.

"I pedalled all the way back with double load. Even in my dreams, I had not thought that my legs will have pain so much. I could not sleep and had to take pills to ease it," he recalled, adding that both the families were happy that the marriage had been solemnised.

On why Prajapati did not wait for lifting of the lockdown, he said there were problems at his home with his mother keeping unwell and there being no one to cook for the family.

"Besides, we do not know how long it will take for the lockdown to be lifted," he added.