Saroo woke up in a panic, unsure how long he was on the train for and where he was headed.

Eventually, the train came t a stop but he was 1,000 miles away in Calcutta where  they speak Begali but Saroo spoke Hindi.

Unable to understand anyone and terrified of his unfamiliar surroundings, the five-year-old experienced almost being for the purpose of child trafficking and then was nearly drowned by the same man.

For three weeks, Saroo ate scraps and drank from taps.

Finally, an older boy befriended him and took him to the authorities.

Saroo was sent to an orphanage where he spent most of his time being bullied until an Australian couple decided to bring him home forever.

Given up all hope of finding his family, Saroo agreed to the adoption and headed to Tasmania with his new parents, who where incredibly doting and wonderful to him.

But Saroo never stopped thinking about his birth mother and decided to start looking for her online several years ago.

It was difficult for him to remember much but his mother or the country where he grew up but he did not give up.  Searching effortlessly through images in a country of 1,.4 billion people was not easy.

Finally, in a last attempt, Saroo used Google Earth and pinpointed to a specific area.

After recognizing a couple things he saw in the Google Earth window, he went on to search further.

This brought him to a Facebook group where he was able to seek and find his mother!


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Saroo went on to write Lion: A Long Way Home which was made into the film Lion, which received many award nominations.

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