American Baapu: India Through My Eyes (US Version)


In 2015, Rick and Judy Cormier were asked to come to Kolkata, India to be in a wedding party as the
non-biological “American parents” of a bride. Two years later, more than a dozen young people in
India were calling Rick “Baapu”, “Baba”, “Touji”, “Angel Paa”, and “Dad”. Rick calls them the children
of his heart. When Rick and Judy returned to India in 2017, they were invited to live with some
of these young people and their families in five different cities. Here is a story that will make
you laugh and cry while illustrating how “Families are made in the heart.”

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In 2014, my wife and I helped a young Bengali woman who was visiting the US for the first time when 15,000 travelers were stranded at the Dallas Airport. We remained friends and grew close, keeping in touch online. In 2015, she asked that we come to India to be in her wedding party as her “American parents.” It was an incredible way to experience India for the first time! At the request of a few Indian friends from an online forum, I wrote a short travelogue about that first experience in India. More than 100,000 Indians read what I wrote! Some were young people who became close online friends. Some wrote me with personal issues. They began calling me “Baapu”, “Baba”, “Angel Paa”, “Touji”, “Papa Rick”, and “Dad.” I called them the sons and daughters of my heart. In 2017, we returned to India and stayed with the families of some of them in five different cities. This book tells that amazing story.