American Bapu: India Through My Eyes

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In 2014, when 15,000 travelers were stranded at airport in Dallas, Texas, my wife and I helped a young Bengali woman who was visiting the US for the first time. We saw to it that she reached her destination safely. We remained friends and grew close, staying 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 about their 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 story.

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Richard A. Cormier; 1 edition (2018)
  • Author: Rick Cormier
  • ISBN-13: 9780997472127
  • Product Dimensions:  15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm

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