Bridging The Distance

About The Book

Missing Varrun is a tale of values and lost affection. It is a love story that connects the picturesque town of Ceuta in the south of Spain, to the dusty bye-lanes of Kolkata in India. A story which witnesses a young Spanish girl meeting an Indian boy quite by the twist of fate. Their torrid love affair crosses all barriers of time and culture and unites them, only to see them separated by ironical living of the 21st century. It is about the children born to them, their upbringing, and their strange longing for India in the aftermath of life and living of a family, which struggles to come to terms with the time and distance between them, underlining a bold endeavour to reunite under the most compelling circumstances.

About the Author

Amar Agarwala is a practising Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Law, possesses a Master’s in Business Administration, Master’s of Science, Information and Technology and a Diploma in Information & Systems Audit. Presently pursing a doctorate from a leading university, he has more than 25 years of teaching experience in various fields. As a motivational speaker he has won acclaim both in India and abroad. He is 42, and is married with two children. His wife is a teacher and lives in Spain with their two children aged eight and two, respectively. The author lives in Kolkata with his mother and travels extensively to be with his family in Spain. This creative fiction is his debut novel.

Amar can be contacted at amarv_agarwala@yahoo.com

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Bridging The Distance, 8.6 out of 10 based on 15 ratings

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  1. November 2nd, 2011 | Bonisha says:

    This is real Good Work!

  2. November 3rd, 2011 | Sanjana Bajoria says:

    A lovely tale which beautifully shows how time and distance does not hinders the love within the family but makes the relationships stronger; dreams have to b e changed every time fate interferes; decision are tough but life goes on.
    Very inspiring..it touched my heart.

  3. November 3rd, 2011 | Sumit says:

    Good Review. Congratulations.

  4. November 3rd, 2011 | M.S.Paul says:

    Dear Editor
    Missing Varrun is a very interesting reading material – a story of a family split up between Spain and India. Their trials and tribulations, their aspirations and how they learn to live life inspite of the distance seperating them. This work of a budding Chartered Accountant writer is certainly a must read.


  5. November 3rd, 2011 | Debabrata Roy says:

    I have found this book to be most intriguing, sensitive and full of rare values. Thoughts which are no longer felt in the society today…it calls upon the reader to realize about – life, living and family norms – all which we miss and know of it much later. MISSING VARRUN is a gospel of love and affection. A rare book amongst the many I have read till date.

  6. November 3rd, 2011 | Debal Guhathakurata says:

    MISSING VARRUN – is an astounding compilation of human sentiments and feelings. I was most moved to read about father-son relationship and exchange of feelings – being a father myself, I could strongly relate to it all. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to all – for it has lessons to learn in living life to the brim. Let no one miss this book.

  7. November 3rd, 2011 | Alok Kalani says:

    A fantastic book to read…beautifully depicts the longings and challenges of long distance relationships…excellent research work inbuilt…overall a great effort and a must read…keep up the good work.

  8. November 3rd, 2011 | Ashmita Debnath says:

    Dear friends in MISSING VARRUN u will b able to know how each and every relation should be given honour & be valued & which is most important thing in it is u will feel evry pain & joy with d authour…i.e our Amar Agarwala sir!..its really a great book ..i think in present world its has given us lesson how to value relationshp & what is its importance…i really congratulate for his great successs & appreciation about this Book “MISSING VARRUN”

  9. November 5th, 2011 | Sweta Singh says:

    an awesome book which left me awe-struck while reading it. The definition of the character makes me imagine and feel them whenever i read it.i could feel vedant and
    amaya’s love in their short but sweet discussions or i must say ‘debates’.the book makes me read it over and over again.

  10. November 6th, 2011 | Tina Nagrani says:

    A must read!

    Missing Varrun is a very well written book. The book touches the heart and soul through its brilliant description of events, emotions and places! It is hard to believe that a CA (Mr. Amar Agarwala) can write so well. The book is about an incredible journey of the protagonist Vedant Agarwala, the hardships faced, the sacrifices made, the emotions felt, the places visited etc. Every event and chapter has a jaw dropping moment!

    Truly a masterpiece of its kind. A must read book!

  11. November 12th, 2011 | Kunal says:

    Missing Varrun is a truly inspiring and very well written book… full of VALUES for life. I would highlight the amount of love, affection and family values that it carries despite the difficulties and sacrifices that the characters come across. I really enjoyed reading it and found the messages very inspiring; I’m sure many future readers will too.

  12. November 12th, 2011 | Prabiran Sarkar says:

    A book imbibing lessons to live life bonded with family and values – a rare book of sentiments – never read anything like this before. I recommend this book for all ages, especially for those with families – it has much to teach and I am so glad I read MISSING VARRUN! A gospel of love, affection and a balm to the soul.

  13. November 12th, 2011 | Rajesh toshniwal says:

    Awesum book… journey of relations writen down so smothly with innocence… Must read…

  14. November 14th, 2011 | Missing Varrun says:

    Review given by a reader :

    “A book is like an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our souls. Thank you for writing such a soul-searching book. Keep writing.” – Helen

    25th September, 2011

  15. November 15th, 2011 | Mohit Agarwal says:

    Missing Varrun – in simple words out of the world…. recently i have developed d habbit of reading books wid chetan bhagat and ravinder ravi writing great stories.. but when i heard a ca has written it and d buk is Missing Varrun i was like nw i hve to read it and to be honest i ws expecting a lot a lot from it and seriously the book has not Let me down… Amar Sir has done a great justice…. a story vich startd at an age wen most of us probably duno d meaning of love to the age where we take our last breath.. immense love… often ppl say that in love we fight but i never got it.. but after reading the books i ws like wow if this is fighting then yea i wana do it daily wid my loved ones…. a perfect story from cueta to kolkata… d way vedant lived his life… d way he handled all the pressure… d seperation of love… not having his family and such a life he managed it fantastically…. if i say that it was just a love story about a guy and a girl then it will be wrong because it was a love story of a gal and her career… a guy and his family.. a guy and a gal… a gal and his locality place.. school and the techers… love, fondness,,.. humanity was present in each and every page…. d way Varun came bak tovedant and lived wid him made d book even more special because from a lovers story it turnd to the bondness every father and a son shud be sharing… the bond vedant missed but during his last days found it… d way he planned amaya TRIP FROM SPAIN WS brilliant.. the courage shown ws outstndind….
    ppl often say perfect love is complete but by reading the buk i came to knw dat even d best love story can be incomplete…. i felt bad at vedants sitution aftr mariage but d way he handled it was awsum… d buk was juz beyond expecttions and i hope it juz brek all the records…

  16. November 15th, 2011 | Amal Dey says:

    A read which stimulates our inner self towards attaining a balance in life and beyond. Have read this book more than once… perhaps will read it many more times. For each time I read it, I decipher different hidden meanings – really intriguing and enriching an experience.

  17. November 16th, 2011 | Rahul Maheswari says:

    Missing Varrun is one of the most wonderful book I have ever come across….
    It takes true grit to write such a nice and heart-touching story…
    Amar Sir has really rocked on this…..

    If anyone asks Have i Made it Large—–
    Hell Yeah!!!! Amar Sir has made it large with his Larger than Life Book….

    One roller-coaster ride of emotions is what makes Missing Varrun a major success story!!!

  18. November 29th, 2011 | Nitya Nagrani says:

    Missing Varrun is an intense and an excellent story. The reader feels a connection to the character Vedant throughout the book. I found his limericks to be a unique way of expressing his feelings especially his love/hate relationship with his wife. The book is humorous yet demonstrates the profound value of life. A must read for readers of all ages!

  19. December 22nd, 2011 | Ankit Kanodia says:

    Missing Varrun is a remarkable display of love and affection. It compels the reader to ponder upon the lifestyle of 21st century where one more often finds himself struggling in the world while his parents or loved ones are staying so distant from him. As one learns from the book, it is all about Vedant’s life(you may call it struggle, perseverance, love, compassion or anything) and it is his mind and heart which the reader comes to know through the book. The limericks in between are really amazing. Besides being really poetic it often breaks the monotonous tone of the plot with a fresh breed of creative genius. ‘What we learn from our parents’ was a marvelous piece which was Varrun’s take on his learnings from his parents. It will make any one cry. The last two letters addressed to Varrun and Vaideeka was also wonderful, just a tad too long may be… but its difficult to cut on emotions.. On the whole the book somehow speaks volumes on the real issues prevalent today and hence very intriguing and very exciting as well. The only wish that remained unfulfilled as a reader was that the story wasa bit lopsided and we only hear what Vedant says. I would have loved to hear from Amaya as well. May be Vedant has been too critical of her in the book while she deserved more space where we would have got to know about her struggle in Ceuta without her husband. But on the whole, it was a great piece. It is one of the best books I have ever read.

  20. November 17th, 2012 | Ankit Dhanuka says:

    “El trabajo bien hecho” which in spanish means “work well acomplished”
    It just happened by a chance that I decided to read “Missing Varrun” by Amar Agarwala . I thought it might be something related to a cross boundary love story of a chartered accountant but I must admit it was a different feeling all together. On reading this book, i realized it was all about the beautiful connection between a husband and his wife, a father and his daughter; a father and his son; and a grandfather and his grandson…. it was all about Bridging the distance… Reconnecting with people who mean a lot and about a family that is living in different parts of the world and their stories…. !!
    The intensity with which the author has penned down the description of events, feelings ,festivals is astounding which is also the USP of “Missing Varrun”.
    Heart touching and Fabulous work which depicts the relationship between the family whose members are living in different part of the world…. loved the book…. looking forward for another writing by the author..

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