As India Builds (Kolkata Memoirs Book 1)

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blackweekendrun.com/cache/2019-11-25/ Nevertheless, his memories, always kept on a low simmer in the back of his mind continue to wait for him to softly breathe them back to life. Sixth: The Story, Part 5. Eventually, Saroo recognizes that he needs to try to find his birth family because his questions and concern about their welfare are always going to be a part of him.

The timing is perfect as technology has supplied valuable tools primarily via Google Earth and Facebook that help him in his quest. His family and his girl-friend are also supportive and this support mitigates the obsession to find his village to a compulsive level everyone can live with. Seventh: The Story, Part 6.

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The reunion with his family and his determination to take the same journey as his 5-year-old self are deeply moving and touching. He makes the trip a few times during the latter part of the book and one of those times his two mothers meet for the first time. The smiles, and tears, say it all. View all 24 comments. Saroo was only five years old when he followed his older brother himself only 14 to work along the train stations not far from his home.

In all likelihood, it was to find his brother. The circumstances that would then put him al Saroo was only five years old when he followed his older brother himself only 14 to work along the train stations not far from his home. The circumstances that would then put him alone, more than kilometers from home and family, are tragic and incredible, but the story of his survival, the intervening 25 years with a new family, and the eventual finding of home again, are inspirational.

I watched the movie Lion , then picked up the book written by Saroo Brierley one week later. The story is just that amazing. View all 17 comments.

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I discovered this book in the new section of books in Waterstones. I had seen the trailer for the film, and I bought it really for the sheer hell of it. I'm glad I made that decision that day. This is a remarkable story of discovery, which in turn, has it's share of utter heartbreak and dispair as we are taken along Saroo's emotional journey.

When five year old Saroo gets separated from his brother at a train station in India, he experiences a spontaneous moment, where he boards the train in fro I discovered this book in the new section of books in Waterstones. When five year old Saroo gets separated from his brother at a train station in India, he experiences a spontaneous moment, where he boards the train in front of him to find his brother. This takes him on a huge journey, even further away from his family, and eventually without saying too much , he ends up being adopted by an Australian couple.

What makes this story all the more harrowing and at the same time, inspirational, is that it's true. This is not fiction. This actually happened, and that for me, makes it all the more shocking. For me, what surprised me, was the length of time it took, or still takes, to adopt internationally. Now, I can understand the legislation, interviews and endless amounts of paperwork, but five years is a long time. Adoptees, like Saroo's parents, don't go into this lightly. They go into it knowing it's a lifelong commitment, and they have a great deal of love to give.

Being adopted myself, I can appreciate how long the process is, and the completely amazing and selfless act that these people go through, just to give a child a new and good life. I can greatly understand Saroo's quest to go and meet his birth Mother after all those years. I also think it is grand that he is able to share his love with his adoptive parents, and his birth Mother and maintain those relationships to a level that all are comfortable and happy with. I think when you are adopted, you always wonder where you "Came from" Even though you love your adoptive parents to the moon and back, there is always this hole, that can never be filled.

In this case, Saroo made the right decision to discover his roots again and to get answers to unanswered questions that had been gnawing away at him for 25 years.

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I have a lot of love for this book. View 2 comments. Shelves: closedbooks , non-fiction , cultural , bio-auto-memior. Great story wrapped in a short book. It details the treacherous journey of not only a 5 year old as he leaves his home in India, but also the exhausting journey of a 30 year old as he finds his way back to that home. Written as a memoir, this starts as a heart breaking story. It is easy to read, but gripping in detail and frustrating in fact. It has become the Oscar nominated movie - Lions.

View all 7 comments. Jul 10, Brenda rated it it was amazing Shelves: release , biography , non-fiction , read-on-kindle , own-read , aussie-authors , arc , net-galley. When Saroo Brierley was born, he was born into poverty in a small town in India. His early childhood was happy in his memory.

He and his siblings were always hungry, but that was a fact of life. They spent their days begging for food, eating scraps from the ground and doing the best they could. They were the typical impoverished children with big tummys bloated from gas, When Saroo Brierley was born, he was born into poverty in a small town in India.

They were the typical impoverished children with big tummys bloated from gas, thin and malnourished. The four of them lived with their mother, as their father had deserted them to take a second wife. So their hardship was intense. Their two older brothers would try to find food, working for a few rupee in hopes of buying enough for a meal.

After waking from sleep and finding himself alone, he panicked and boarded a train, ultimately finding himself in Calcutta many hours later. The next few weeks were terrifying, lonely and intensely dangerous as he lived on the streets with only his wits to help him, but finally the kindness of a stranger turned his life around. When he was adopted by a lovely couple by the name of Brierley and taken to his new home in Hobart in Tasmania, his life was new, strange but wonderful as well.

His memories of his home in India were kept alive by his adoptive parents, and his transition into an Australian lifestyle was not the trauma that it was for some. His determination along with the love and support of his parents, and the help of strangers is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is beautifully told, with the emotions see-sawing throughout.

This is a highly recommendable book by an amazing young man who has been willing to share his experiences and his life with us all. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. View all 23 comments. Apr 28, Aqsa On Hiatus marked it as tbr-soon Shelves: adapted-books , most-anticipated-reads. Watched the movie today, and of course I cried at the end.

I cannot compare to the book just yet, but it was really beautiful and sad and heart-warming how 5 year old Saroo gets lost and tries to find his way back home after 25 years with nothing but a vague memory of his childhood, his mother, his little sister and his best friend and brother Guddu, and Google Earth. View all 10 comments. Feb 06, Lauren Cecile rated it it was amazing.

Beautiful, poignant memoir!

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View 1 comment. It is NOT often that I say this, but-- I actually cannot wait to watch the film version of this yes, I know it was nominated for the Oscar because I think it will make a better film than book! Blasphemy, I know!

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Perhaps, if the protagonist were an actual author instead of just a normal guy trying to write his incredible story I would not feel this way It is a harrowing story, but also such an incredible one. It is amazing to me that he managed to survive those weeks on the streets of Culcutta, being so severely separated from his family, and then managed to find his way back years later equipped with Google Earth and a few childhood memories.

I adored the movie version and I've been meaning to finally get to the actual biography for years and FINAL ever since I first heard about Saroo's story through the Australian media it has fascinated me.

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Saroo's writing is captivating, and he describes the events in a way that capture the atmosphere and mood, both joy and horror, while also maintaining a narrative voice that is engaging and funny. The ending of the story is so heartwarming and honestly amazing, but also so sad view spoiler [I absolutely share Saroo's feelings about Guddu.

It is horrific not knowing exactly what happened on that night hide spoiler ].

Lion is inspired by the author's true story of being born in India, ending up accidentally lost on a speeding train to Calcutta, being homeless and then rescued from the dangerous streets and adopted to a loving family in Tasmania. There, he grows up from a little boy to a successful adult but always thinking about his old life back home. Spending months searching across Google Earth, he is determined to track down his old hometown and learn about the fate of his birth family. I was close to tears by the end, I admired Saroo's courage and determination of never giving up until the truth was revealed.

The pacing was a little slow, but the story-line, Indian settings and characters kept me going. Highly recommend! Shortly after I saw the movie, that hit me right in the feels. The book is still a good add of this incredible journey.

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I very enjoyed the first half young Saroo memories , while I struggled a little to get through the second half adult Saroo. Jul 12, Stephanie Anze rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. When Saroo gets separated at the train station from his brother, his life takes a dramatic turn. At just five years old, he finds himself alone in an unknown and crowded platform. With a vague notion of his way home, Saroo attempts to go back but instead winds up getting adopted and going to live to Australia.

Still, Saroo can not forget his family in India and years later begins to search for them. This is his real life journey. Wow, going by the description of the book, one would think this i When Saroo gets separated at the train station from his brother, his life takes a dramatic turn. Wow, going by the description of the book, one would think this is a work of fiction. Its not. All the events are factual. Its hard to fanthom how a five-year-old could manage to survive alone in the streets for weeks. There were so many ways his journey could have gone awry but his is a story that, thankfully, has a good ending.

Saroo, lives on the streets of India for a few weeks and through a series of experiences winds up on an adoption list. Its not long from there that he gets adopted and brought to Australia. As an adult he uses Google Earth to find his home town, a lengthy and exhaustive process. But one that yields results. Prior to starting reading this work, I had no idea that the movie Lion was based on this book will certainly be looking for the film adaptation. Heartfelt, profound and uplifting this was an incredible story. Dev Patel was brilliantly cast as Saroo.

While a tad different than the book, the film was touching and I loved it. Totally a feel-good story. I find it flipping amazing that 5-year old Saroo somehow managed to avoid any number of horrible situations while homeless and alone in Kolkata. To be adopted by a family in Australia truly was fortuitous. View all 3 comments.

Mar 21, Paulette rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , uno-drive This is a beautifully, heartbreaking memoir. Far from his small home town. With limited information of where he is from, family name etc the authorities are unable to locate his family. Eventually Saroo is adopted and flown to a loving family in Australia where he builds a new This is a beautifully, heartbreaking memoir.

Eventually Saroo is adopted and flown to a loving family in Australia where he builds a new life. His old life back in India with his family is never far from his mind….. It is a fabulous story of courage, love and above all hope. I recommend this book, bring the tissues The poverty of poor people in India is incredible and horrendous.

But some escape it. Saroo Brierley was adopted from an Indian orphanage by a Tasmania couple eager for children. From the age of five or six he does not know the day of his birth , Saroo was cared for and loved by the Brierleys, and given needed medical care internal parasites and a tapeworm. After a normal Western world upbringing, he was sent to college by his adoptive parents, after which he worked for his father as a salesman selling pipes and hardware. Saroo was haunted by what he remembered of his earlier life and his Indian family, which consisted of his Hindu mother and three siblings.

His father, a Muslim, had deserted them for another woman. Unlike most orphans, Saroo thought his original family must still be alive somewhere in India. He was not really an orphan. The story of how he ended up in an orphanage is amazing, but not as amazing as how he, virtually a toddler, survived on the streets of Calcutta after he could not find his house because he got lost. He woke up hours later, and he was horrified to discover the train was moving.

Ending up in Calcutta, India, perhaps only five years old, Saroo lived alone on the streets for several months. He picked up what food he could from begging, digging in garbage and stealing. At last, after many grownups and teen hoodlums attack or threaten him, he finally gets help when a caring adult takes an interest in saving him. Now thirty years old, computer literate and wealthy by Indian standards, Saroo yearned to find his birth mother. His girlfriend and Tasmania family were afraid he would be disappointed, but once he obsessively began examining the area around Calcutta with Google Earth from his desk in Australia, there was no stopping.

He had loved his original family, so he needed to know where they were and what had happened to them. Or had it all been too long ago, his memories wrong? Could Google Earth find his original home? Indians had Facebook accounts as well. Could any of them bring clarity to the fragments of memory he still had? India is a nation trying to overcome sexism and religious discrimination and too many people with not enough money or space for them.

Also, although people are just plain fricking mean the world over, poverty, lack of education and many religions really seem to give some people permission for extra cruelty. This autobiography is fascinating, informative, and compelling. However, the descriptions of Indian poverty are chilling, so there are some difficult and unbelievably disgusting real-life events.

I was informed by people a movie titled 'Lion' was developed from this book. It turns out Saroo means Lion! I very much am interested in seeing it after reading 'A Long Way Home'. Holy cow, what a story! No pun intended. Well, maybe a little one. Specially in remembering good and bad from people he met.

But from the part he starts his search for his home, this story becomes a little overwhelming, too much explaining specially after he has finished his journey and found his family, still so much talking about which train he had 25 years ago, exactly which way he went and so I have a strong love for non-fiction when stories like this come across as 'one in a million' chances!

I'm sure everyone has mucked around with Google Earth at some point in their life? Have you known someone who shows super strong interest in it? Saroo used this technology to find his family after years and years of never knowing if he'll ever see his true biological family again. From India to Tasmania,Australia this is a true story worth picking up!

You get a glimps into his life as a child in India from when he lived with his family to when he got separated from his brother at the train station on that dreadful day that would change his life for ever. Then the story catches up to the now and how he uses Google Earth to track down things he remembers from his fuzzy childhood memories.

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Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I read this tiny book or memory with huge sadness. I too had as a Britisher a connection with Calcutta and some of that history was in Elgin Road. Generations of my families served, worked, lived, loved and died in India and maternal ancestry particularly were in Calcutta for three generations.

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For me Calcutta is a city in decay and that is the fault of its citizens and city corporation plus the defunct communist government of West Bengal. India and Indians do a lot of talking Calcutta has been left behind as a backwater with a distinguished heritage which is now nearly lost. This is a tragedy for India which is still having to understand and preserve her ancient and recent history. We are all custodians of our heritage.

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