This is one of those true stories that is more amazing than fiction. Saroo Brierley lived the first five years of his life in India. One night, while scavenging for food with his older brother at a train station, he and his brother became separated, and Saroo boarded a train that took him a thousand miles away. Not knowing where he was or how to communicate his situation to the people around him, Saroo was taken into an orphanage and was eventually adopted by a family in Australia who raised him with love. Then, at age 36 with many questions, Saroo used modern technology to find his Indian family.

Saroo’s mother, Fatima, never lost hope. She knew in her heart that Saroo was alive and that she would one day see him again. Yet, each day that passed took a little more life out of her. Broken hearted, she continued to function, always hoping to be able to see her son again. All the while, Saroo sent mental messages to Fatima to let her know that he was ok. When Saroo was finally able to find his home town and his mother, the reunion was glorious. Fatima looked into his eyes, saw the scar on his forehead, and knew her son had returned. Saroo had forgotten his native language, so he needed an interpreter, but the kinship felt comfortable. Fatima prepared his favorite Indian food and Saroo ate it with zest, just like he had when he was a little boy.

Fatima and Sue Brierley (Saroo’s adoptive mother) are grateful for each other. Saroo has been able to complete his journey and fill in the holes that he felt in his life. And all are grateful for the love of each other.

Read the full story of Fatima’s reunion with her son here.