Here we are with word that India, the second most populous country in the world, has a somewhat peculiar if not “impossible” case of a lost kid who had the help of Google Maps in getting home after being lost for a quarter of a century later.
It is said that when he was just 5 years old, Saroo Munshi Khan fell asleep on a train in India with his brother, and when he woke up, he was all alone with nobody else around. This would mean he was lost in a country that had more than a billion people living in it, but thankfully, he was adopted by a caring Australian family who also placed a map of India in his room to make sure that he always remembered his roots. It was no surprise then, that Saroo had the internal urge to find his family, but with nothing else other than faint memories to assist him, the experience was somewhat similar to finding a needle in a haystack. Good thing there is Google Maps and Google Earth which allowed him to check out his home country on his computer, resulting in him piecing together his past memories into a journey home.
In May this year, we did talk about how a kidnap victim managed to find his way back home after 23 years because he obtained some help from Google Maps, based on his memory of his hometown that depicted a pair of distinct looking bridges.