A Thousand Dreams Within Me Softly Burn (Paperback)
Siddharth, a middle-aged school teacher, struggling with an unfinished manuscript, leads a solitary existence in a remote village in Shimla. Gautam, a twenty-two-year-old writer, burning with a desperate longing for romance, finds solace in Siddharth's old essay on Thumri and spends years in search of him. Phil, a young Jewish traveller from Missouri, beset by a difficult alliance with his Christian girlfriend in the face of orthodoxy, travels around the world and meets Siddharth at a caf in Manali. The answer to their longings resides in Siddharth's letters and manuscript--the silent witnesses of the fate of two men and their love for each other. A Thousand Dreams Within Me Softly Burn explores the depths of love and the power of writing that helps the human soul triumph over loneliness, alienation, and shame. "Soul-searing. A Thousand Dreams Within Me Softly Burn epitomizes and celebrates love as the ultimate source of inspiration and passion, taking the reader on a poignant journey of healing through writing. Intricately structured with a non-linear narrative consisting of letters and memories, the book exemplifies true transformative storytelling. Read it to be enthralled, moved and inspired." - Erandi Palihakkara, Blogger, The Huffington Post "A deep and thoughtful work of literary fiction. A testament of love for the written word, and art in general. I enjoyed the storyline as it highlighted the author's commentary on classic novels while searching for meaning of self and human connection. Thought-provoking " - J.M. Northup, author of The Wounded Warrior series.