Great Books With Mike Chalut Sr. Lion By Saroo Brierley
After having both watched the movie Lion and read the book, I highly recommend you take the time to read Saroo Brierley’s incredible survival story and his journey to find his family after being separated from them for 25 years (since the age of 5). It literally rocked me to tears!
The story of Lion itself brought out so many underlying emotions in me. The narrative was so powerful, genuine, full of hope, love and passion that even a movie was made about it — which by the way received Oscar nominations.
The vivid descriptions of the living conditions of children like Saroo in India really woke me up and made me realize the extent of child poverty in India.
Even though there have been many books written about lost children, this particular story really detailed the poor conditions in Calcutta, India and the wretched life that many children have to endure. It really tugged at my heart.
The good fortune was Saroo was able to dodge the dangers of Calcutta after getting lost by accidently ending up in an orphanage 1,000km from his home. The exciting part of the story was reading about the power of Saroo’s love for his mother and how it drove him to find her after 25 years. In the meantime he was fortunate enough to be adopted by a New Zealand couple.
The story of Saroo growing up in such poverty and suffering inspired me to want to help the poor in India.
Now, was that the intent of the book? Not at all. However, it goes to show you how reading has the power to move people in some way. That is why we need to make reading a priority in our life.
Keep on reading. You never know how a book will affect you. — Mike Sr.