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A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home [Kindle Edition]

Saroo Brierly

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Back at Nava Jeevan, Asra and I were each shown a bewitching little red photograph album that the people offering to become our new families had made. Inside were pictures of them, their houses and other aspects of their lives—I looked through mine with my eyes popping out of my head. The people looked so different from what I was used to—they were white! And everything around them looked shiny, clean and new. Some of the things I’d never seen before, and the staff explained to Asra and me what they were, reading us the English captions. In my book it said: ‘This is your father washing our car, in which we will visit many places.’ They had a car! ‘This is the house that will be our home.’ It was very grand, with lots of glass windows, and it looked brand new. The book was even addressed to me: ‘Dear Saroo.’ The family, I was told, were called Mr and Mrs Brierley.
(Saroo Brierley)


Aged five, Saroo Brierley was separated from his older brother and ended up alone on the streets of Calcutta. After weeks surviving alone, he was taken into an orphanage and later adopted by an Australian couple.

Although happy with his new family, Saroo couldn't help but think about the family he'd lost. Years later, he swapped the map of India on his wall for Google Earth, scouring it for landmarks he knew from his childhood. One day, he saw something he recognised.

And he set off on a journey to find his mother, half a world away . . .


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Wonderful real-life tale of Hope and the human spirit 29. September 2013
Von Raghu Nathan - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book tells an amazing story. There is simply no other way to describe it. It is the real-life story of Saroo, a five-year-old child in a village in central India, who gets lost and finds himself transported all the way east to Calcutta, some 1800 kms away. Young Saroo, all of five, penniless and illiterate, does not even know the name of his village and knows little else about where he was from. He gets off at the bustling, crowded Howrah train station and survives for six weeks in the intimidating bad and mean streets of Calcutta by his instincts and luck. He ends up at a benevolent orphanage called ISSA, where the kindly Ms.Saroj Sood - tries to find his family and re-unite him. But all Saroo can tell was that he was from Ginestlay, which is what he remembered as his village's name. He also mistakenly says that he travelled just overnight by train when in reality he had travelled almost 24 hours to get to Calcutta. After a couple of moths' futile effort, Mrs.Sood pronounces him 'lost' and organizes him to be adopted by Sue and John Brierley, a young couple from Tasmania, Australia.

Saroo is lovingly brought up by the Brierleys and he grows up into a happy and well-integrated Aussie over the next 20 years. However Saroo always wonders about his origins, with clear memories of his birth mother Kamala, his kid sister Shekila and elder brothers Kallu and Guddu, whom he looked up to as a child two decades before. He starts working on trying to find where he was from by using the feeble memories of his childhood. All he had to go by was that there was a train station whose name was something like 'Berampur' , that it had a water tower, an overpass across the tracks and that the town had a fountain near a cinema. His village 'Ginestlay' was somewhere nearby and that they were all reachable overnight by train from Calcutta. Gradually, over five years, with incredible patience and perseverance , Saroo, at age 30, using Google Earth's satellite images and Facebook, miraculously locates the train station with the identifying features of his childhood. He notes that a nearby town is called Khandwa and that there is a Facebook group belonging to people from Khandwa. He contacts them and gets the key info that there is a nearby village called Ganesh Talai - the 'Ginestlay' of 5-year-old Saroo! Saroo soon goes to India and reconnects with his birth family to the great delight of his elderly mother Kamala and his siblings Shekila and Kallu, who are now married with children. Sadly, Guddu, his eldest brother whom he adored as a child, was killed in an accident just on the same day that Saroo got lost 25 years before. Otherwise, it is a happy resolution for Saroo.

Not only Saroo, but his Aussie parents, Sue and John as well, come off as wonderful, loving and caring parents and individuals. Sue herself was a WWII refugee from Hungary and her story is also inspring as told it in the book. Saroo's birth mother Kamala is another remarkable woman, who never gave up hope that her son Sheru (which is his correct name!) would return one day. Hence she never moved from the shack where she lived so that she will be there when Saroo comes back! The other heroes in the book are the internet, Google Earth and Facebook! It is a great tribute to these wonderful technologies which make it possible for the adult Saroo to sit ten thousand miles away in Hobart, Australia and exactly locate the water tower and overpass of his childhood memory and find out the correct name of his village. Let no one denounce technology again!

I found the book moving, inspirational and one of hope and the indomitable spirit of the humankind. It is a story of triumph against great odds. Going through the early chapters where Saroo survives for six weeks as a five-year-old in Calcutta, I had palpitations as I felt anxious that nothing terrible should befall young Saroo! The book also has a special appeal for me since I grew up in India and lived for 13 years in wonderful Australia.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing! 29. Juli 2013
Von Smiley - Veröffentlicht auf
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This was simply the most amazing story on so many levels.

Back in 1986 five year old Saroo made a last minute decision to accompany his older brother on a short train trip to a nearby town in rural India. Although he was supposed to be babysitting his baby sister, Saroo risked his mother's wrath and left his humble home, not realising just what a journey he was about to make. Instructed to wait on the platform by his older brother, young Saroo was scared and confused when his older brother failed to return in the specified time. Deciding to make his own way home he hopped onto a waiting train - a train that would end up taking him half way across the country and far, far away from his family.

Alone on the streets of Calcutta, Saroo lives by his wits for several weeks before being rescued by a caring woman who runs a nearby orphanage. Although attempts were made to locate Saroo's family, the task was basically impossible given that they were so far away and young Saroo had so little information to give them. Within weeks Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple and is soon on his way to a new life in Hobart.

Although Saroo's life in Australia is a wonderful and fulfilling one, he cannot forget the family he left behind. Yet, he has so little to go on - just his own childish memories of the name of his own small village and the nearby town where he boarded the train. Then one day he comes across Google Earth and for the first time he realises he may just find his family after all. It is not an easy search though, it literally takes years of painstaking searching branching out from Calcutta and tracing every possible train route. But then one day everything falls into place - before his eyes is the train station he can still clearly remember with it's distinctive landmarks. Against ridiculous odds, Saroo finally found his childhood home.

This is a simply written book but I was captivated right from the first page. It seemed unimaginable that a five year old child could not only get through such a traumatic and frightening experience but had the street smarts to survive against many significant dangers.

Even if you have no belief in fate or destiny, I think it would be impossible not to be moved by this amazing story.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Almost Great 23. Juni 2014
Von Jenna of the Jungle - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is, by its nature, a fascinating story. You don't need much more than the simple description on the cover to understand why-- it's a crazy premise that came to fruition thanks to modern technology.

The problem is that Saroo isn't a writer. The writing has no real style, and practically no dialogue or character development. I understand this must have been put together very quickly to capitalize on all the media going on around him, but it could have been a truly great book if he'd worked with a ghostwriter/co-author. As it stands, it's still an interesting book, but not one that kept me up at night or that I think I'll remember in any detail years from now. I was left wishing he'd gone deeper into the characters-- the descriptions are surface-y and never really let you hear anyone's voice.

That said, I admire Saroo quite a bit for his ability not only to survive, but to have a healthy attitude about all of it, to want to help his family and other orphaned kids in India, and to appreciate what his adoptive family did for him. He seems like a good guy who lived an extraordinary circumstance without really grasping just HOW extraordinary until he realized that the whole world wanted to know his story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I recommend this book for everyone to read. It's heartwarming and made me cry. 5. Dezember 2013
Von Yitz Woolf - Veröffentlicht auf
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One of the best stories I have ever read. It was unbelievable and heartwarming. Saroo determination against all odds is what makes him an incredible man.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Moving story, hard to put down but hard to read as well 21. Juni 2014
Von L. Jonsson - Veröffentlicht auf
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Saroo was lost as a five year old. He was traveling in India on a train with his brother, he got separated, and lived on the streets for a while before he was adopted and placed in an upper middle class family. But his past continued to haunt him. Do you ever forget where you came from? Of course you don't-so he was determined to find his family, and what had happened to them.

This is a well written, moving story of a boy's quest to find out who he is and where he came from. Very easy to read and very quick to get through, it took me a couple of hours to process it. It is very similar to many other adopted child stories. But Saroo was never intended to be given up, he just got lost, and wasn't found for twenty-five years. Eventually, after becoming a self-made man, and gaining a life for himself he decides to find himself by discovering who his family is.
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