Discussion Questions for A Long Way Home Prologue and Ch. 1-4.docx

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Enjoy your reading! 1. Describe a time when you may have been looked upon as “a foreigner” because of the way you looked or dressed. After writing that, consider this: What made the neighbors in the Indian village of Saroo’s home see Saroo as a foreigner? How does this shape his perception of himself? 2. Describe one of your earliest childhood memories. After writing that, consider this: Why was it so important for Saroo to remember things about his Indian village and life? 3. How did Saroo deal with hunger as a child in India? What did his sister, Shekila, do to appease her hunger pangs? Contrast this with your personal experiences with hunger. 4. Describe a time when your “gut instinct” about trusting or not trusting someone or a situation turned out to be right? Why does Saroo run away from the rail worker’s seeming kindness? How did he feel among the holy men and how did they treat him? 5. What are some of the darker aspects of this book surrounding poverty? Consider this passage from the book:
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Today there are perhaps a hundred thousand homeless kids in Kolkata, and a good many of them die before they reach adulthood . . . No one knows how many Indian children have been trafficked into the sex trade, or slavery, or even for organs, but all these trades are thriving, with too few officials and too many kids.
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