Separated from his older brother at a train station, five-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan found himself lost in the slums of Calcutta. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Calcutta, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Saroo Munshi Khan became Saroo Brierley and settled down well in his new home. But as he got older the desire to find his birth family became increasingly strong. The problem was that as an illiterate five-year-old he had not known the name of the town he had come from. All he had were his few fading memories and Google Earth.

Fading Memories and Google Earth

Follow the journey of this little boy and get amazed how he reunites with his family after 25 years using Google Earth.

Lion Movie

An autobiographical account of his experiences, A Long Way Home, was published in 2014. It was also adapted for the 2016 film Lion, starring Dev Patel as Saroo Brierley and Nicole Kidman as his adopted mother, Sue Brierley. The film releases on November 25, 2016.

Then and now

Saroo Brierley
Saroo Brierley