When Tharush meets Aakash his life changes forever. His new friend has scars and the truth behind it ties them in a secret that could slowly consume them both.
The Sunlight Plane is the first novel by budding author Damini Kane. She has taken the day to day lives of a rich suburban family and put it down into a story that brings out many of the unseen problems that take place behind closed doors.
Told from the viewpoint of nine-year old Tharush, The Sunlight Plane isn’t your typical “growing up” story. It isn’t a happy story, it is the harsh truth that so many of us choose to ignore. It is the story of a nine year old whose world changes when he meets another nine-year old from a different background. It is a story of pure friendship between two boys who couldn’t have been more different and yet who are so similar in what they choose to face together. Tharush leads a happy protected life under the watchful eyes of his parents. Aakash on the other hand, knows perfectly how the world really is and is fully aware about how hard life can get. Beautifully written, each page blends into the next easily and is able to keep the reader hooked. The raw emotion on the pages draws the reader to the main characters.
Without giving too much away, the plot revolves around two boys, Tharush and Aakash. Tharush is a quiet kid who would rather spend the afternoon playing with his toy planes and making up imaginary stories than go out to mix with the other children of Reyna Heights. Aakash is the mysterious new kid in the upscale building and one summer afternoon the two form an unlikely friendship. As the months go by, both boys learn about the other and the secrets they carry along with them. When Tharush finds out about Aakash’s bruises he is torn between helping his friend and staying loyal to him and this toxic secret stays between them until its almost too late.
Midway through I got so consumed by the plot. I really wanted it to end well and it did. But not in the way you’d expect. The suspense is thrilling. The language is beautiful.
What has really drawn me to the book is the underlying story, things that we all know about but would rather not talk about. In the span of 311 pages, Damini has brought so many social issues to our focus. There are a bunch of serious topics like bullying and abuse that none of us would like to even think about, that we would want to forget. It is a reminder that things like these go on and most of the time right under our noses. And when it’s told from the viewpoint of a nine-year old she makes it really easy for us the understand the seriousness of it. Through the eyes of a child we see reality.
The Sunlight Plane has the makings of a bestseller and I would definitely recommend this to everybody.
About the Author
Damini Kane is a 23 year old author from Mumbai, India. She is one of the winners of the nation-wide talent hunt in the writing category and was named as one of “Campus Diaries 25 under 25”. Having an interest in writing since childhood, Damini has written numerous poems and stories over the years. She is currently doing her MA in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex.