Guddu is Kamla’s oldest son. As a child, Saroo looks up to him and desperately wants to be like him. At a very young age, Guddu begins trying to find work, though he’s arrested at one point for violating child labor laws. He and Kallu often spend days at a time away from Khandwa. Saroo accompanies Guddu to “Berampur” on the day they both disappear. While Saroo unwittingly boards the train to Calcutta, it’s unclear what exactly happened to Guddu—he may have been pushed or simply been distracted, but a train runs him over. Several weeks later, authorities discover his mutilated body on the train tracks. Though he is buried in a cemetery, developers eventually build right over the graves and Saroo struggles with not being able to visit his brother’s grave.
Guddu Character Timeline in A Long Way Home
The timeline below shows where the character Guddu appears in A Long Way Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Getting Lost
...razor blade. Fortunately, the procedure is over in seconds. Kallu is circumcised next, but not Guddu. The neighborhood feasts that evening, but Kallu and Saroo sit on the roof in just... (full context)
...get to eat full meals during celebrations. They also find food at the Saturday market. Guddu, being the oldest, feels responsible for his siblings’ survival, so he begins selling toothbrush kits... (full context)
10. Meeting My Mother
12. Reaching Out
...at the time. He thinks he has no regrets about how things transpired, except for Guddu’s death, and he’s constantly shocked by the fortuitous twists, turns, and coincidences that led him... (full context)