By Saroo Brierley
Saroo Brierley (born 1981) is an Indian-born Australian businessman who, at age five, was once separated from his organic mom. He was once followed via an Australian couple, and 25 years later reunited along with his organic mom. His tale generated major overseas media cognizance, particularly in Australia and India.
An autobiographical account of his reports, far domestic, used to be released in 2013 in Australia, published the world over in 2014, and tailored into the 2016 movie Lion, starring Dev Patel as Saroo and Nicole Kidman as his adoptive mom, Sue Brierley.
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There were goats, too, kept by the Muslim families, and chickens pecking in the dust. Unfortunately, there were also lots of dogs, which scared me— some were friendly, but many were unpredictable or vicious. I was particularly afraid of dogs after I was chased by one, snarling and barking. As I ran away, I tripped and hit my head on a broken tile sticking up from the old pathway. I was lucky not to lose an eye but got a bad gash along the line of my eyebrow, which a neighbor patched up with a bandage.
When Baba gave me a snack and asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, he wasn’t just nourishing my mind but also my spirit. He gave me a sense of being normal for a few moments, and helped me to believe that I had a future. He gave me the luxury to think about what I wanted to accomplish with my life, either working in the construction area or being a laborer in a shop. The other person who was a father figure to me for a brief time was one of the supervisors of the young men’s military school camp.
I didn’t really have any close friends—maybe it was because of our being Hindu in a Muslim neighborhood. I also had the sense that some kids had been told not to associate with us because we were so poor. In addition, society held my mother in disgrace because her husband had left her. For these reasons and also perhaps from being chased away so many times while begging, I had a general mistrust of those I didn’t already know well—so I hung out as much as possible with my brothers, whom I adored.
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley