A Long Way Home A Memoir Author:Saroo Brierley As a little boy in India, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, from Australia, he found his way back. This is what happened in between. Born in a poor village in India, Saroo lived hand-to-mouth in a one room hut with his mother and three siblings...until at age five, he mistakenly boarded a train by himself, and ended up... more » in Calcutta, all the way across the country. Uneducated, illiterate, and unable to recall the name of his hometown, he managed to survive for weeks on that city's rough streets. Soon after, he was adopted by a couple in Tasmania. But despite growing up in a loving upper-middle class Aussie family, Saroo still clung to the last memories of his hometown and family in India, and always wondered if he?d ever find them again. Amazingly, twenty-five years later, with some dogged determination and a heap of luck - and the advent of Google Earth - he did. A Long Way Home is a poignant and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, celebrating the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.
This was simply the most amazing story on so many levels.
As a five year old in India, Saroo became lost after boarding a train and being "trapped" for 15 hours while the train traveled across India. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survives for weeks on the streets of Calcutta (now Kolkata) before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Over 25 years later, Saroo uses Google Earth to pour over satellite images of India searching for landmarks of a hometown he barely remembers. One day, after years of searching, he finds what he is looking for. Then he sets off on a journey to find his long lost mother.
This is a true story, humbly told. It is a great read.