The homeless man twice saves Saroo from drowning in the Hooghly River. Saroo learns absolutely nothing about this man, why he was watching Saroo, and why he chose to save him. He does wonder if the man is Hindu and therefore will be rewarded karmically for helping Saroo. Saroo “thanks” the homeless man from the Howrah Bridge when he returns to Kolkata as an adult.
The Homeless Man Quotes in A Long Way Home
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13. Returning Quotes
But like the teenager who later took me to the police station, he had given me another chance to live. He hadn't profited from his act in any way...and I had never thanked him.
The Homeless Man Character Timeline in A Long Way Home
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Saroo again finds himself surprised by the river the next day, and the same homeless man saves him. A crowd gathers, insisting that the gods spared Saroo. Embarrassed, Saroo runs away... (full context)