Perhaps only a child born into poverty and hardship would have the wits to scrounge for food and shelter on the teeming streets of a massive city. When he is taken to the orphanage Saroo has no information to give beyond his first name. He doesn't know his surname or what his own village is called. Being the 1980s, overseas adoption was a fairly simple procedure and within weeks Saroo had a new family and life in faraway Australia.
While Saroo has a wonderful life in Tasmania with a loving adoptive family, he cannot forget the family he left behind. Initially there is nothing he can do, yet when the Internet takes off, finally there is a tiny shred of possibility that Saroo will find his home once again.
This was not an easy journey. Saroo spent years painstakingly searching Google Earth images, realising that he had come a lot further on the train than he first thought. Despite the enormity of the task he kept chipping away, refusing to give up. Then finally one day there it was - the illusive water tower near the railway station. Saroo had found his home.
For Saroo finding his family was the fulfillment of a lifetime of longing. Instantly recognised by his mother and siblings they tell him they knew he would one day return to them. Sadly it was not the case for his older brother who had been killed that same day Saroo had made his journey.
This is an amazing story. It is easy to read and incredibly inspirational. It is also an wonderful example of the old adage to "never, ever give up," no matter what the odds.