Angelic Beats is the story of a boy in his late teens who falls in love with a married woman. Both defy their ages; the woman for her looks and innocence and the boy for his confidence and clarity in life along with integrity. The journey of the boy for his passion also becomes journey of love for both that finally takes them to more meaningful destinations. It unfolds the changing perspective of a young boy and a married woman in various situations of life treading the path of love and success together. How they carry on with love and friendship as a responsibility is quintessence to their journeys. Love can make one completely blind or it can candle all the darkness in life. Sometimes destiny becomes the greatest magician. It brings two opposite people, Sahil and Aakanksha, on one platform. Even their personal statuses do not match for one is married and the other single. One is confident about making choices in life, whereas the other is always scared of making a choice. One is always positive, and the other is negative in outlook. Unlike mathematics, where “+” and “−” always make “−”, sometimes in real life, “+” and “−“ do make a “+” together. On the road leading to his passion, he happened to meet the first love of his life too. Before going to the National Defence Academy for the journey to be a commissioned officer in Indian Air Force finally, he introduced “love” in her and his own life and pledged his heart to her. The arrows of cupid struck her also. Do their final choices engulf all other relationships like a storm and rage and bleed their self-esteem? Or are they able to carry their choices gracefully through their quest for happiness?
Reading stories that deal with complex emotions is often a treat-more so when you are an aspiring writer yourself. My curiosity was piqued when I read the blurb of this book. A relationship between a teenager and a married woman, older than him, offers the writer a gamut of emotions to explore. The beginning of the story intrigued me even more; I couldn’t wait to see how the author presented her views.
What I applaud the author for is her courage and determination in putting down a story that she believes in, the way she believes in it.
The book, however, falls short of the expectations it raises. The author deals with Saahil and Aakanksha’s love story as though this kind of a relationship is an everyday affair. Agreed that there should never be any constraints on who fall in love with, the author does not present it in a way to convince the reader of this simple truth. The feeling of truth in the relationship doesn’t reach out.
The book is an honest attempt at story-telling; however, this is not one of your regular love stories and deserves to be treated differently. At one point, Sahil and Aakanksha’s triviality in handling their relationship makes you wonder about their intentions!
P.S: If you are a Grammar Nazi, keep that role away while you read this book.