Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley is the amazing story, that later became a successful movie, of an Indian boy that got lost on a train in India. A boy who found his way back home using Google Earth. I wanted to read the book first before watching the movie, even though I knew the story. Probably you heard of it already. It is truly astonishing.
It’s a story about getting lost and finding yourself. A story of a 5-year-old boy from India that later on grew up in Australia. It’s remarkable the way his early years had been imprinted in his memory. Memory that later allowed him to retrace his steps with modern technology. Amazing how much these new technologies can help us. And the story itself is truly inspiring!
The beginning of the story lets us see into the life of the poor Indian family. A family that has to find a way to survive. We may find some aspects of the story heartbreaking but for a child, it was all life was, and he took it as it was.
A single point in time made a drastic change in his life along with his family. He turned out to be very lucky to be able to survive that long on the streets of busy Calcutta. Furthermore how somehow got picked up by an amazing organisation that facilitated his adoption overseas.
The book is extremely well-written and present amazing aspects of the life Saroo lived both home and in Calcutta and then moving to adapting to a new culture in Australia. Somehow he found the courage and the power to move on and survive.
“I don’t know that any of us could quite believe it was happening – that these strangers in the room were going to be my parents, or that this boy from India was going to be their son.”
The book is filled with moments of wonder and excitement from a child that sees and experiences new thing in his new life, his new world. It makes you laugh and cry along the way as we re-live the experience. A journey of having to trace those railway tracks from Calcutta throughout India.
Interesting how he grew up and later had a moment when he felt as “an Australian among the Indians” when meeting people who had been brought up in India. Searching along Saroo it’s impossible not to feel the anguish and thrill when he finds something familiar in a satellite image. Amazing!
A very interesting and easy read! Worth checking out for sure!