Prodigal Son Meets His mother thanks to Google Earth.
An India boy who got lost and disappeared from her family finally met again in 1986 with his family 25 years later by using satellite images.
SAROO, the name of the boy, only five years old when lost. He traveled with his brother who works as a sweeper in the train of India. “When it was late at night. We got off the train, and I am very tired so I sat in a train station, and finally I fell asleep,” said Saroo * BBC reported Friday.
Her sleep was changing the rest of his life. “I think my brother will come back and wake me up, but when I woke up he was not seen. I saw a train in front of me and think, he must be on the train. So, I go to train it and hopefully I’ll meet you I am. “
However, Saroo not find his brother on the train. Instead, he fell asleep again and was surprised when I woke up 14 hours later. He was initially unaware that he had arrived in Calcutta, India’s third largest city and is famous for kekumuhannya. *
“I was very scared. I do not know where I was. I began to search for people and ask them.”
Soon she felt uncomfortable. “It was a very scary place. I think, no mother or father who wants their child who was five years old wandering alone in the slums of Calcutta and the railway station.”
Small Saroo must learn to fend for himself. He became a beggar, became one of the many children who beg in the streets of the city. “I should be very careful. You can not trust anyone.” Once he was approached by a man who promised food and shelter, and will return it to the house. However, Saroo suspicious. “Ultimately, I think he will do something bad to me, so I ran,” he told BBC *.
He was fortunate to eventually get out of roads. He had taken an orphanage, who then offered him up for adoption. He was then adopted by a family Brierleys, the couple from Tasmania. “I finally accepted that I was lost and I could not find my way back home, so I think to Australia is a good thing.”
Saroo quiet life in her new home. However, when more mature, the desire to find the original family stronger. The problem, as a boy of five years when it was still illiterate, he did not know the name of his native city. He has only memories in his memory. So, he began using Google Earth to find his birthplace.
“It’s like being Superman. You can go and take photos from memory and ask, ‘Does this fit?’ And when you say, ‘No’, you keep looking and looking and looking. “
Akhirnya Saroo find a more effective strategy. “I am multiplying the time when I was on the train, about 14 hours, with train speeds of India and I get a rough distance, about 1,200 km.”
He then drew a circle on the map with its center in Calcutta, with a radius based on the distance which he thought he had traveled on the trip. Amazingly, he soon found what he was looking for: Khandwa. “When I found him, I extend. I track it down to the waterfall where I used to play.”
Soon afterwards he went to Khandwa, the city he had found the * online. He traced it to the streets of his childhood memories. Eventually he found his own in the Ganesha Talai. However, the house was not as he expected. “When I reached the door, I see a lock there. House look old and worn, as if no one had lived there for a long time.”
Saroo have pictures of him when he was a kid and he still remembers his family name. A neighbor said the family had moved. “Someone else came and then a third person appears, and that’s when I feel happy. Man said, ‘Wait here a minute and I’ll be back’. And when he returned after a few minutes, he said, ‘Now I will take you to your mother. ‘”
“I feel numb and thinking, ‘What I’m listening to what I think I am going to listen?’”
Saroo then taken to meet his mother who was nearby. At first, he did not recognize his mother. “The last time I saw him when he was 34 years old and she was a beautiful woman, I forgot that age make a difference. However, the structure of the face that still survive, and I recognize it and I said, ‘Yes, you’re my mother.’”
“He grabbed my hand and took me to his house. He could not say anything to me. I think he’s too numb like me. He had a little trouble when holding her son, after 25 years, who suddenly reappears like a ghost. “
Although it had long feared that her son died, a fortune teller told her that one day he would see her son again. “I think the fortune teller gave him little energy to survive and wait for that day.”
How about you Saroo, who had traveled with him? Unfortunately, the news about him * not good news. “A month after I am gone, my brother found dead on railway lines,” said Saroo as quoted * BBC. Her mother never know if there is deliberate or whether he just slipped and fell under a train.
“We are very close and when I came out of India, the thing that makes me sad is knowing my brother is dead.”
Over the years, Saroo Brierley went to bed in hopes that he could see his mother again and the original family. Now he’s getting it. He feels very grateful. He has kept in touch with her newfound family again. * “It has lifted the burden from my shoulders, I sleep much better now.”
There’s something else that made him sleep better now. A number of publishers and film producers are now becoming interested in her story was incredible.
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