At the age of 5, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train. A quarter-century later he found his way home, using the Internet
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How does a 5-year-old boy from a rural Indian town end up alone in Kolkata [then known as Calcutta], 1,680 km away?
We were a very poor family. My mother couldn’t really feed us or look after us. I caught a train late one night with my [older] brother. When we got off the train I was really tired, and my brother said, “Stay here for a few minutes” and went to look for food. But when I woke up, I couldn’t find him anywhere, and on impulse I jumped on the train standing in front of me and went to sleep there, hoping that he would come along.