This is one of those stories you just can’t wrap your mind around. I mean, to begin with, how do you accidentally transport a four-year-old boy 1,000 miles away from home?! And how does he manage to get back — 25 years later! — to a home he never knew?! Unbelievable…
Well, here is what we do know. Saroo Brierley was growing up in a poor family in rural India, until he somehow (and for reasons long since forgotten) leapt on a train that took him a thousand miles away to a big and terrifyingly unhome-like city — Calcutta. To survive, Saroo started begging until he was taken to an orphanage and adopted by Australians and later adopted by an Australian Family from Hobart, Australia.
Saroo grew up as an Australian, but he never forgot his native country. Eventually, he felt compelled to rediscover his origins and, to do so, Saroo turned to Google Earth for help. Amazingly, after countless hours poring over a myriad of images, he miraculously was able to recognize his home town and even located his mother!
You can guess the rest. The heartwarming family reunion took place in 2012, making the headlines across the world and Saroo has now told his remarkable story in a new book, A Long Way Home, published this week. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. In a new book Saroo tells the story of how he got lost a thousand miles from home, then found his way back 25 years later.
2. Saroo before he went missing.
3. Saroo’s mother.
4. Saroo’s reunion with his mother, 25 years after he got lost riding the train with his older brother.
5. Saroo’s reunion with his mother.
6. Mr. Brierley pictured with his mother, Fatima Munshi, when they met for the first time in 25 years.
7. Mr. Brierley’s book, A Long Way Home, was published this week by Penguin Australia.
8. Mr. Brierley and his mother.
And here is the incredible video:
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