Given that Saroo has not been able to see or communicate with his Indian family for over two decades, he often contemplates their fate. Saroo tried to convince himself of many things since their separation. He often wonders if his family members are still alive. He also regularly wonders if they have been looking for him.
Saroo is overwhelmed when he considers just how horrible his brother and mother, in particular, must have felt after he had gone missing. Given that they couldn't have known what would become of him or predict that he would be adopted by wealthy Australians, they were left to suffer by considering all the grim possibilities. This is one of few things that Saroo can be certain he has in common with his family. Neither side knew what had become of the other.