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The incredible story of Saroo Brierley

Hindustan Times | BySaudamini Jain
Aug 31, 2013 05:46 PM IST

How an Indian boy who grew up in Australia used Google Earth to find his family in a small village in Madhya Pradesh, 26 years after being lost

It had become an obsession, looking for Ginestlay (if only he could spell it right!) or for that other railway station – it started with a ‘B’ and sounded like Berampur. It was late in the night, his girlfriend Lisa had long gone to bed and Saroo Brierley was poring over a map at their apartment in Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania. He’d been doing this meticulously for a year now – zooming in and out of railway tracks originating from Kolkata’s Howrah station on Google Earth.

This is what he knew: Ginestlay was not by the mountains, it wasn’t on the seaside, it wasn’t lush. It was a dusty little village. Berampur was roughly 12 hours away (by train) from Kolkata. He remembered the landmarks, a fountain, a river, a bridge… He had searched through West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh but found nothing familiar. If only he could find the right station – Brahmapur, Baharampur, Birampur, Burhampoor… what was Berampur called? – he knew he could find his way back home.

Saroo&the chocolate factory: Saroo’s first word to his Australian parents was ‘Cadbury’
Saroo&the chocolate factory: Saroo’s first word to his Australian parents was ‘Cadbury’
Big happy family: Saroo with his mother Kamla, his brother Kallu’s family on the left, his sister Shekila and her son on the right
Big happy family: Saroo with his mother Kamla, his brother Kallu’s family on the left, his sister Shekila and her son on the right
Packed to the Brierleys: Saroo with John and Sue Brierley and his brother (a second adopted Indian son) Mantosh </div)
Packed to the Brierleys: Saroo with John and Sue Brierley and his brother (a second adopted Indian son) Mantosh
Good Sport: One thing Saroo loved about his new family was their love for the outdoors
Good Sport: One thing Saroo loved about his new family was their love for the outdoors
Family photos: Saroo was first introduced to his adoptive parents through a red photo book
Family photos: Saroo was first introduced to his adoptive parents through a red photo book
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