Kallu is one of Saroo’s brothers; he’s a few years older than Saroo. He and Guddu often ride trains to neighboring towns to work, and Kallu takes on the role of caretaker for Guddu, making sure that they have something to eat and a place to sleep when Guddu is done working. Though Saroo and Guddu’s disappearance is devastating for Kallu, it also affords him the opportunity to attend school, as Kamla is able to pay for two children to attend (whereas she couldn’t afford to send four). When Saroo reconnects with Kallu, Kallu is married with two sons and works two jobs. He has done much better than Kamla economically speaking, though he did move away from Khandwa to escape the negative emotional effects of suddenly being responsible for caring for his birth family after Guddu’s death.
Kallu Character Timeline in A Long Way Home
The timeline below shows where the character Kallu appears in A Long Way Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Getting Lost
...until a man appears with a 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... (full context)
...bring home, and Saroo loves her cooking. He feels hungry most of the time. He, Kallu, and Guddu become increasingly more creative about obtaining food as time goes on, knocking fruit... (full context)
10. Meeting My Mother
...Saroo recognizes that she has to work hard for this house. A little while later, Kallu and Shekila arrive. Shekila bursts into tears upon seeing Saroo, and Kallu is stunned. Finally,... (full context)
...Kamla to identify. He’d fallen off a moving train. Saroo is even more devastated when Kallu explains that though Guddu was buried in a cemetery, builders later built right over the... (full context)
12. Reaching Out
...surrounding his story, he just has to accept them. For example, it turned out that Kallu and Shekila's fond memories of bathing together were the same memories that Saroo turned over... (full context)
...two identities, though visiting India has certainly enriched his life. He admires the importance that Kallu and Shekila place on family, and he wonders if Westerners have lost something through the... (full context)