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A Long Way Home

After being lost in India and adopted at age five, Saroo Brierley miraculously finds his family 25 years later.

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<club-desc-paragraph>At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. He couldn’t read, write, or even recall the name of his hometown—or his own last name. Saroo survived on the streets for weeks before being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.<club-desc-paragraph>

<club-desc-paragraph>Although he was happy with his new life, Saroo often wondered about his origins. As an adult, he spent countless hours tracing railway lines on Google Earth in an attempt to find his birthplace. After years of conducting research, recalling childhood memories, and poring over satellite images, he finally found a familiar path—one that would ultimately lead him back to his biological mother.<club-desc-paragraph>

<club-desc-paragraph>Join author Saroo Brierley for a closer look at A Long Way Home as he shares his process, his story’s powerful impact, and his greatest takeaways on the journey to closure.<club-desc-paragraph>

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<club-landing-h3>Background & Writing Process<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Saroo shares his reasons for writing his story. He also talks about the movie adaptation and the lasting impact of both.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Family of Origin<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Saroo explores how religion, fatherhood, place, and even the pronunciation of his name shaped his identity.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Two Worlds<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Both integral to Saroo’s story, India and Australia are distinct settings. He notes their differences, from education to religious segregation.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>The Journey Back<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Saroo shares how he found closure through learning his background, as well as through out-of-body experiences.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Accelerate/Decelerate<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Sometimes, Saroo notes, it’s necessary to grab the bull by the horns, but he’s also found value in a slow, simple approach.<club-landing-paragraph>

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