Saroo’s birth father is a Muslim man, and unnamed in the book. He’s mostly absent for Saroo’s childhood because when Kamla was pregnant with Shekila, he decided to take a second wife. He was always very violent towards Kamla. Despite being physically separated, Kamla remains married legally to Saroo’s birth father throughout her life. When Saroo reconnects with his birth family, Saroo learns that his father lives several hours away from Khandwa, and his family has not forgiven him for abandoning them. Despite this, Saroo does express interest in meeting his father, and his father is apparently angry when he discovers that Saroo has reconnected with his mother and siblings but not him. As of the end of the memoir, Saroo and his father haven’t yet met.
Saroo’s Birth Father Quotes in A Long Way Home
The A Long Way Home quotes below are all either spoken by Saroo’s Birth Father or refer to Saroo’s Birth Father. 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: 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.).
2. Getting Lost Quotes
This episode stayed with me as an example of my mother's courage in turning to face down her pursuers, and also of the vulnerability of the poor in India. Really, it was just luck that the crowds backed off.
Saroo’s Birth Father Character Timeline in A Long Way Home
The timeline below shows where the character Saroo’s Birth Father appears in A Long Way Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Getting Lost
10. Meeting My Mother
...Hindu for “lion.” He learns that Kamla’s family is of a warrior caste, while his birth father was a building contractor. Kamla explains that when she was pregnant with Shekila, Saroo’s birth... (full context)
...She formally converted to Islam after Saroo disappeared. Saroo begins to consider seeking out his birth father , feeling as though his father is part of his past even though he saw... (full context)
12. Reaching Out