How Google Maps Helped Reunite An Adopted Man With His Family After 25 Years


Google has released a new ad about how Google Maps helped a man find directions home after getting lost 25 years ago.  Saroo Brierley spent 25 years looking for his biological family after he was separated from them at a train station in India.  Using Google Maps, he was able to trace his steps back from the train to his home.  Before his fifth birthday, Saroo Brierley fell asleep on a train waiting for his brother.  When he woke up the next day, the carriage was empty.  A family in Australia adopted Saroo Brierley and the mother that adopted him kept a map of India in his bedroom.

“I’d wake up every morning seeing that map, and hence, it sort of kept the memories alive,” stated Saroo Brierley. “I’d have flashes of the places that I’d used to go, the flashes of my family faces.”

Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to view his long lost home.  Using his photographic memory, he was able to trace the train that he took back to his home.  Saroo Brierley went back to India and found his mother and siblings.  People told Saroo Brierley that his journey was like finding a needle in a haystack, “but the needle was there.”  Check out the video above.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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