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How A Lost Boy Used Google Earth To Find His Home 25 Years Later

Google presents the story of Saroo Brierley, who used Earth to find his way home after 25 years.

Imagine you were a young boy, napping beside your brother on a train. Now imagine that you awoke to find the train car empty and hurtling into the unknown. 26 years ago in India, Saroo Brierley became separated from his family. He was then taken to Australia and adopted.

Brierley longed to return home, but he knew nothing about his origins. Then, one day, he began to explore Google Earth, hoping that pictures online would match those in his memory. It was like searching for a needle in a hay stack, but it worked. Eventually, Google Maps led Brierley to his mother's front door (you can read about the amazing journey in Vanity Fair). And now Google has made Brierley's story into the branded short, Homeward Bound. The spot demonstrates Brierley's belief that "everything we have in the world is at the tap of a button."

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  • Johnita Canard

    what is it with something playing in the background I cant find it to turn it off

  • williamwalter

    A little boy lost,by mishap,comes into the hands of caring people,who help keep memories of where and how he was found. Some 5yr old children have good memories,some may not even be aware of who they are,when thrown into turmoil by circumstance. Saroo was fortunate. New doors are open now,and the challenges that come with walking through them.

  • Mike Arienti

    India isn't full of wealthy people. They might not've been able to afford a second child. Sad, but it happens.

  • David

    these people have no problem having kids they cannot afford. Masturbation needs to be taught there.