Saroo Brierley

Aged only 5, he lost all contact with his family in India, when he was at a train station waiting for his brother who never returned.

About Saroo

Saroo Brierley was born in an Indian town called Khandwa. In 1986, aged only 5, he lost all contact with his family when he was at a train station waiting for his brother who never returned.

After living on the streets of Calcutta for 3 weeks by himself, he then got placed into a local orphanage where an Australian family adopted Saroo. He then grew up with his newly adopted parents in Hobart, Tasmania where he spent the next 25 years.

After years trying to track down his old town through the labyrinth of railways lines on Google Earth and an image etched into his brain as a 5 year old, he finally found his town Khandwa on the map and travelled to India to try and find members of his family. In early 2012, after 25 years of seperation, he finally reunited with his mother.





The Book

A Long Way Home



When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.

Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.

Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.

A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.



Manly Daily
‘★★★★★ I literally could not put this book down … [Saroo’s] return journey will leave you weeping with joy and the strength of the human spirit.’

Weekly Review
‘We urge you to step behind the headlines and have a read of this absorbing account … With clear recollections and good old-fashioned storytelling, Saroo … recalls the fear of being lost and the anguish of separation.’

Saturday Age
‘A remarkable story … [Brierley] provides an informative and fascinating insight into how Third World families live with, and somehow survive, their poverty.’
‘An incredible story of how one boy survived and prevailed through extreme circumstances to change his fortunes.’




Saroo Brierley: Homeward Bound

For more than a quarter century, Saroo Brierley searched for his family before finding his way back home with the help of #GoogleEarth.
Watch the incredible true story of hope, determination and technology.




Saroo Brierley – Zeitgeist Americas 2013


60 Minutes

Indian Boy Lost and Found


BBC News

Lost boy finds mother using Google Earth after 25 years


Sunrise on 7

Our Slumdog Millionaire


Additional Videos


60 Minutes

Lost and Found, extended interview with Saroo

Link to Video by 60 Minutes



After 25 Years, Saroo Brierly Returns Home
Thanks to Google Earth

Link to Video by Mashable


Newsy World

Indian Man Reunited With Family After 25 Years

Link to Video by Newsy World


Sam Seder

After 25 Years, Man Finds His Family
Using Google Earth

Link to Video by Sam Seder



See-Saw Films Acquires Rights to the Saroo Brierley Story

The producers of “The Kings Speech” are planning a feature based on Brierley’s autobiography, which tells how he used Google Earth and childhood memories to find his Indian birth mother after a 25-year separation.   SYDNEY – See-Saw Films has secured the rights to the yet-to-be published autobiography of Indian –born Australian-raised Saroo Brierley, who came […]

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He’s our Slumdog Millionaire

HAPPY ENDING: Saroo Brierley, 30, spent years searching for the family from whom he was separated 25 years ago. FROM begging in the slums of India to becoming a successful Hobart businessman, Saroo Brierley’s life has taken some unexpected twists. Last week it came the full circle when he returned to India and was reunited […]

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Saroo Brierley Reunited With Mother Fatima Munshi After 25 Years

KHANDWA, India — Saroo’s eyes snapped open and everything was suddenly, horribly, wrong. The 5-year-old’s tiny body was still curled up on the hard wooden seat of the Indian train, just as it was when he’d drifted off to sleep. The rattle of the train was loud and steady, just as it always was when […]

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A Home at the End of Google Earth

Separated from his older brother at a train station, five-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan found himself lost in the slums of Calcutta. Nearly 20 years later, living in Australia, he began a painstaking search for his birth home, using ingenuity, hazy memories, and Google Earth. It was just a small river flowing over a dam, but […]

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Little boy lost finds his mother using Google Earth

An Indian boy who lost his mother in 1986 has found her 25 years later from his new home in Tasmania – using satellite images. Saroo was only five years old when he got lost. He was travelling with his older brother, working as a sweeper on India’s trains. “It was late at night. We […]

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