'Love knows no boundaries': German-origin professor marries specially-abled Odisha man

Bhubaneswar, Sep 26 (IANS): The marriage of a German-origin woman professor and a specially-abled man in Odisha reaffirmed the popular maxim that true love transcends all boundaries.

The love story of the couple -- Ulrik Jason and Shivaji Panda -- has caught the attention of people of Subarnapur district of Odisha.

"I like the village life, which is full of nature. I like the Mahanadi... the cows. I was surprised by the way his family welcomed me. We have a school nearby and I work with the teachers there. I am now the daughter-in-law of Odisha and will spend most of the time here," Ulrik Jason said in Odia.

Shivaji, who is deaf and mute, hails from Sindurpur village in Subarnapur district.

Ulrik, a sign language professor at a university in UK, came in contact with Shivaji, who also used to teach at the same university, around a few years ago.

Later, Shivaji returned to his native place, after quitting his job at the university in UK in 2016.

He opened a sign language school in Subarnapur district and set up an "eco-village" on the banks of the Mahanadi river near his village.

However, love re-united both Ulrik and Shivaji despite living thousands of km apart.

Ulrik, draped in a Sambalpuri saree, looked like a typical Odia bride when she married Shivaji at a court in UK on June 17, 2023, in the presence of close friends and family members.

The couple later returned to Odisha where Shivaji's family welcomed them.

Both have been living happily at their eco-village, growing trees, plants, and shrubs.






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  • T.Lobo, Bejai

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    Daughter in law of Odhisha....... our native blood Odhisha daughters are not getting respect in In-Laws house but she will get respect from everyone. wishing them happy married life.

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  • Ajay Raj Moras, Clock Roundabout

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    Rab nay banaya Jodi, All the best,

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  • A A ( A Alvares), Khatalsar

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    Wow , What a pair , congratulations A A

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  • Flora Dsouza, Kalmady/Jerimeri-Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    Bride Ulrik you are great!!Congratulations and God bless this Couple..

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  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Tue, Sep 26 2023


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  • Thousif, Mangalore, bolar

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    Which jihad is this? If Hindu love and merry other community girl they call love .if minority do they say love jihad

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    My opinion is this is trye love fir ever because

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    @Thousef....this is love because 1. There us no conversion. 2. No force in changing style if clothes 3. If in case if separation they will divorce . There is no connection towards Jihad.

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    People from Western countries, especially Germany and the Nordic region, tend to have more humility and empathy towards other humans. In India, however, the level of empathy is not as high. Here, people from the upper caste are reluctant to marry someone from the lower caste.

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  • ram rahim robert, kodial

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    hope she is not lynched or burnt like the missionary priest and his son in Baripada...Odiya people are still living in stone age..very difficult to judge...only God has to save this lady..

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    frankly speaking westerners have more feelings towards other human beings than Indians because there is no jaath paath equation in them...in our country from centuries just fighting on four varnas put up by Manu....zindagi mein nahin sudrenge...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    Love is Blind ...

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