A Long Way Home

by

Saroo Brierley

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Mantosh is Saroo’s little brother; the Brierleys also adopt him from India. Unlike Saroo, Mantosh’s birth parents are still in the picture when he arrives at ISSA, which proves problematic: due to the fact that his mother is absent and his father is around but doesn’t want him, it takes two years for the Brierleys’ adoption application to go through. During those two years, Mantosh is abused physically and sexually, and also suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a family member prior to arriving at ISSA. Once in Hobart, Mantosh is loud and often acts out. He requires much more care and attention from Mum and Dad than Saroo did, which does create some sibling rivalry. As an adult, Mantosh joins Saroo and Dad at the family business. He and Saroo are both thankful that their parents raised them the way they did and provided them so many opportunities.

Mantosh Quotes in A Long Way Home

The A Long Way Home quotes below are all either spoken by Mantosh or refer to Mantosh. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of A Long Way Home published in 2013.
5. A New Life Quotes

I was keen on the idea of having a sibling. In fact, it seemed that the person I missed most from India was my sister. "What do you want for Christmas?" my mum would ask me every year. "I want Shekila back," I often said.

Related Characters: Saroo Brierley (speaker), Mum / Sue Brierley (speaker), Mantosh, Shekila
Page Number: 115
Explanation and Analysis:

What happened to Mantosh exposed the harm that the bureaucratic adoption system can inflict. When I learned about his past, later on, I couldn't stop thinking about the nights I'd spent in the Liluah juvenile home, and how easily I could've experienced trauma similar to what Mantosh had experienced.

Related Characters: Saroo Brierley (speaker), Mantosh
Page Number: 118
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mantosh Character Timeline in A Long Way Home

The timeline below shows where the character Mantosh appears in A Long Way Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
5. A New Life
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...for any child of any age or gender, and they get a little boy named Mantosh. Mantosh proves loud and disobedient. Like Saroo, he grew up poor in India and arrives... (full context)
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Mantosh doesn’t seem to understand that the move to Australia is permanent at first, and he... (full context)
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...independent. Eventually, Mum and Dad begin planning a family trip to India. Both Saroo and Mantosh are initially excited, but soon begin to feel anxious. They begin experiencing anxiety about things... (full context)
6. My Mum's Journey
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...to kill her. Eventually, she came to live with Mum and Dad when Saroo and Mantosh were young. Josef died when Saroo was twelve, and he never met him. (full context)
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...very critical of the way that governments make adoption very difficult. The struggle to adopt Mantosh made her very ill, and she believes that if it weren’t so difficult, more people... (full context)
7. Growing Up
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...his life. The ethnic makeup at school is more diverse, which helps both Saroo and Mantosh feel at home, and both boys participate in sports. By fourteen, Saroo is running off... (full context)
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...longer interested in hospitality, and decides to work for the family business selling industrial hoses. Mantosh joins the business as well. Coincidentally, Dad began the business the day that Saroo arrived... (full context)
13. Returning
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...very frustrated with how difficult adoption can be, especially after her experience trying to adopt Mantosh. He explains that in 1987, it only took a few weeks to arrange his adoption.... (full context)
Epilogue
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...he explains that he’s extremely grateful for all they’ve done. Saroo’s success has also inspired Mantosh to search for his birth mother. (full context)