Fearful and confused, Saroo curled under a row of seats and went to sleep.On the Streets For the next week or so, Saroo traveled in and out of Calcutta by train, hoping to end up back at his hometown—but only found himself in other strange places, cities and towns he didn’t know or recognize.Saroo told him he looked like the famous Indian cricket player Kapil Dev.“A lot of people tell me that,” the friend replied in Hindi. As the friend peppered Saroo with questions about his family and hometown, Saroo began to worry.After finishing his egg curry, Saroo slowly washed the dishes, waiting for the right moment to make a run for it.When the men went for a cigarette, Saroo ran out the door as fast as he could.He subsisted on whatever he could beg from strangers or find in the trash. “I’ll give you some food, shelter, and water.”Saroo followed him to his tin hut, where he was given a simple meal of dhal, rice, and water.Finally, after one last fruitless trip on a train, Saroo gave up and stepped back into the Calcutta train station, his new home. “It felt good because I had something in my stomach,” Saroo recalled.
Guddu spent his days searching passenger trains for fallen coins. On one occasion, he was arrested for loitering at the train station.It was just a small river flowing over a dam, but to five-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan it felt like a waterfall.He played barefoot under the downpour as trains passed nearby.Separated from his older brother at a train station, five-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan found himself lost in the slums of Calcutta.Nearly 20 years later, living in Australia, he began a painstaking search for his birth home, using ingenuity, hazy memories, and Google Earth.