- Title: One Night at the Call Center
- Author: Chetan Bhagat
- ISBN: 9780345498328
- Page: 264
- Format: Paperback
Press 1 for technical support Press 2 for broken hearts.Press 3 if your life has totally crashed Six friends work nights at a call center in India, providing technical support for a major U.S appliance corporation Skilled in patience and accent management they help American consumers keep their lives running Yet behind the headsets, everybody s heart is on the lPress 1 for technical support Press 2 for broken hearts.Press 3 if your life has totally crashed Six friends work nights at a call center in India, providing technical support for a major U.S appliance corporation Skilled in patience and accent management they help American consumers keep their lives running Yet behind the headsets, everybody s heart is on the line Shyam Sam to his callers has lost his self confidence after being dumped by the girl who just so happens to be sitting next to him Priyanka s domineering mother has arranged for her daughter s upscale marriage to an Indian man in Seattle Esha longs to be a model but discovers it s a horizontal romp to the runway Lost, dissatisfied Vroom has high ideals, but compromises them by talking on the phone to idiots each night Traditional Radhika has just found out that her husband is sleeping with his secretary And Military Uncle nobody knows his real name sits alone working the online chat They all try to make it through their shifts and maintain their sanity under the eagle eye of a boss whose ego rivals his incompetence But tonight is no ordinary night Tonight is Thanksgiving in America Appliances are going haywire, and the phones are ringing off their hooks Then one call, from one very special caller, changes everything.Chetan Bhagat s delicious romantic comedy takes us inside the world of the international call center, where cultural cross wires come together with perfect pathos, hilarity, and spice.
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I'm really hungry which means I'm in a really bad mood and I will be until I eat something. There is pasta on the stove. Do not fear my hatred. Embrace it. It is hungry, it is the truth. I hated this book in a complete way, like where you go on a journey of hatred to be able to clearly and openly hate it. I hate people that like this book, which is apparently a large portion of India. I hate that I sat on the freeway in traffic thinking "well, I guess it's for a certain sort of reader that doesn [...]
I have a major problem with Chetan Bhagat.Mind you, I am glad he has gotten a lot of people to read in this country and that can never be a bad thing. I know a lot of people who've started out with his books and then eventually progressed to better forms of fiction. SO I'll begin by first acknowledging that Mr Bhagat has indeed created a niche for himself and has paved way for Indian authored books that sell.Kudos to the Marketing genius you are Now that that's out of the way, I am annoyed and q [...]
Like a Douglas Coupland book set in India, this novel follows a group of six people working the night shift at a failing call center on Thanksgiving Day. They have to deal with Americans who don’t know how to work their appliances, but they also have their own personal problems—families, romances, career woes—to grapple with.I liked Bhagat’s characters a lot; I enjoyed their somewhat meandering conversations and their relationships with each other. I also, for the most part, like the mar [...]
This was the first Chetan Bhagat book that I'd read, soon after it was published, and trust me, I totally regret the decision!It is one of the trashiest books ever written, by an author(!) whom I consider to be armed with more strategies on how to sell his book, than on how to write a better story!This one man singlehandedly allowed the standard of contemporary Indian English literature to plummet down to such depths, that now no one can really assign how low it has fallen! He inspired thousands [...]
I think the author knew how bad this book was and published it anyway on a lark! Maybe he wanted to test the blind faith his "readership" has in him and do they love him! This book was massively popular on release though its poor structure and ridiculous plot were well known. I blush every time Chetan Bhagat is considered the shining beacon of modern Indian Literature. He explain how he met a mysterious girl on the train who narrated the story and how he had an epiphany. Simple explanation- he w [...]
Getting to know about a call center's lifestyle was an experience in itself.Although I didn't enjoy the story much but I know people for whom it would be an amazing read.
This is the only book I have ever read where the author thanks Microsoft and MS Word in the acknowledgments section.Pretty thin soup, overall. I picked it up because it's been very popular at the library, and I was interested in the depiction of what it's like to be a young person in India working at a call center. Those day-in-the-life details were the highlight of the book for me. Bhagat's main thrust is that his group of five characters need to face reality, stand up for themselves and have t [...]
The resemblance of the storyline with Chetan's previous book (Five Point Someone) made the book pretty dull and almost predictable. This book very simply leaves you depressed. Don't just follow the herd. this one a miss!
I think this is the best book i have for quite sometime because it depicts so realistically what goes inside the call centers.Also you really can relate to some of the characterse story holds you till the end and very enjoyable
Well thats a loser thing to read.I have heard of so highly about Chetan Bhagat and his first attempt toward writing i.e. "five Point someone" that i decided to read the second book " one night @ the call center" . Trust me i was seriously disappointed after finishing it up. This was pretty idiotic stuff from someone who very proudly boast himself to belong to the best thinking tanks of the country (the IITs and the IIMs)The initial Call Center stuff was okay-okay and i wished it remained to that [...]
What an utter piece of s**t! If I try to enumerate the no. of things that make this book so horrible, I might make some of you curious about the book, in the process helping this book get another reader. NO. Let me simply state that reading this book would result in serious reduction of your ability to think properly, and would make you shudder every time you think about a call-centre, America, Indian youth, even God!Humble suggestion: avoid this book.
I can understand why a lot of people really hate this novel: It's not that well written, it's unrelentingly insulting in its attitude toward Americans, God enters into the story in a rather goofy way, and the ending is lousy. Still, I had a good time reading it, and that makes up for a lot. Bhagat may not be the best writer around, but, in a way, his immature writing style really captures the essence of the youth culture he's writing about. It's more realistic than, say, Reality Bites, but not n [...]
I can write a better book than this. No.riously! Don't know why Bhagat stoops this low when it comes to literary content. (or just raw content for that matter.) His book(s) has/have got neither. Not that he had stooped any higher before, but you get the point right? The story is so filmy,a cheesy film has already been made on it(and it did bomb big time obviously). Agreed that he's making India read like never before, but sadly he's making them read zilch. Now that he had his fair share of fame, [...]
It was not awesome, or good.Just in between somewhereI liked the ending though.How God calls, and helps them out. I find it verrry difficult to believe. For the rest of it, you are most certainly wasting your time. Sadly, you have to go through the beginning, middle and end to get the whole story. So, torture comes first, and then freedom. It's like that typical book, with the lead character repenting himself and mumbling and grumbling all through.But, of course, in the end, everything's okay an [...]
This book sucked at all levels. That the author found an audience is surprising, shocking even, considering the numerous books under the 'Indian-Writing' Genre which are so much better and that just go unnoticed. A group of call centre workers discuss work and personal life over the span of one work-night. Most of the dialogue is cliche, the personal situations that form part of the story seem like a melee of anecdotes picked from other books rather than inspired situations. The preachy conclusi [...]
This is a rather astonishing book. I picked it up at the library partly because my son works at an American call center (Comcast) and partly because it is Indian. We´re all familiar with Indian call centers; this is feedback from the other end. They aren´t too impressed with us, either. The fictional call center provides help to customers of a household appliance manufacturer, and the six person group involved handles the frequent and difficult callers. Though the money is good, all six face p [...]
A very disappointing second novel from Chetan Bhagat. As usual, he spins a (ridiculous) story around a topic that is bound to buy him readers - a call center (of the many) in India. Bollywood is what he seems to be heading for; in all probability, the B-grade movies that people go to watch with their brains turned off. The story has some outrageously fantastic elements (like a phone call from God), while being narrated in the most pedestrian of ways. I would not dwell on the plot at all; there's [...]
I bought this book as i love chtan bhagats books . I have read five point some one two times and two states also two times , so when i hadcollege break I thought to buy this book. This book as usual was lucid to understand , the characters were well defined but I found the story quite dragging.It was not fast moving and had twists and turns but it was sometimes boring, I loved the humour shared by the author at appropriate places which was amazing but the ending was unrealistic according to me a [...]
An utter disappointment from Chetan Bhagat.I was quite carried away by Chetan's reputation that I never realized it was the worst book I had read, till I completed half the pages. Well, to begin with,the characters were quite ordinary.The novel revolves around a group of six call center employees working in Connexions in Gurgaon, Haryana. It takes place during the span of one night, in which all of the leading characters want their lives to change.Told through the eyes of the protagonist, Shyam, [...]
I have never seen a single Chetan Bhagat fan who loves this particular book. As I am not an admirer ( and also this is an edited version of Reader's Digest), that might be the reason I find this his best work. Other day I attended a pre-Ph.D synopsis presentation on anti-globalisation in Indian literature and this was one of the selected works. It seems I am not alone. What is special about this one? All his other works are quite evidently autobiographical in which IIT and its entrance examinati [...]
This book was awful. If not appalled by the total lack of characterization and inane plot (this book makes Bollywood seem realistic!), not to mention BASIC EDITING, you will be disgusted by all the ethnic and racist stereotypes. The sad part is that the topic of call centers, and the lives of the Indian youths that maintain them, is actually an excellent premise for a novel. Bhagat really could have really shed some light on the topic - describing the sacrifices that these workers make: the fact [...]
i didnt like the book that much. the story is so predictable if u know chetan bhagat s writing style. its a quick read. i decided to read this book only because this was the only book of chetan bhagat that i have nt read yet. the book is just ok ok the end god appears n starts giving advises. in my personal opinion though that thought was ok it could have been written in a better way.overall just read the book to say that u have read the book. dont keep much expectations.
I feel so dumb. I feel like the little intelligence I had has been taken away from me. I decided to read this book as an experiment, to judge what Chetan was like, because I heard so much about how terrible a writer he is and all. I apologise to myself for putting myself through this [I can't believe I read till the end.] It was all so lame - the story, the 'jokes', the writing, everything! Never again, is all I can say.
Nope, nope, nope. Just no. It was a struggle to read this and I would not wish it upon my worst enemy. If you don’t want to have a reading slump for the rest of your life, do yourself a favor and skip this book.
I fail to understand the hype!
For the first three-quarters, this is a perfectly decent novel about a group of people working at a call centre. Shyam, the team leader and the main character, struggles to get over his old girlfriend, Priyanka, who works in his team. To add to his unhappiness, his boss Bakshi is an unprincipled moron who routinely takes credit for Shyam's ideas and work. Priyanka still has feelings for Shyam, but wants to make her mother happy, and her mother wants a "better match" for her. The other agents hav [...]
Very mixed feelings about this book. Start with the good things (which I am afraid are outweighed by the bad things). Bhagat writes well, characters are varied and resonate with real life. It gives a fascinating and others have said accurate insight into the world of the Indian Call Center, which encapsulates the change that the new urban young are experiencing. There is a savage, if not very profound critique of consumerism, which I welcomed. Sometimes it is laugh-out-loud funny, the book picks [...]
2 stars-and that's pushing it.Honestly,I expected a lot more from Chetan Bhagat.Granted,the first book I read that was written by him,2 States,wasn't too good either.But still,I would've expected more as he is one of India's best authors.Well,I'm thoroughly disappointed.Didn't connect with any character in the story but they were quite realistic.Priyanka was a weird character!I didn't like her or Shyam much and sometimes,they pissed me off to no end.The thing about God calling was kind of stupid [...]
*2.5 stars*When I first picked this book up I thought it would be pretty great; because of the god concept. But as it turns out, the author instead of making the whole God thing a learning experience, made it seem rather childlike and irrational ; like a cartoon or something. The book was actually alright till the end, the ending just blew the whole thing. It made the story look like a flopped Bollywood movie. By the end, my rating for this book dropped from 4 stars to 2.5. But apart from the pl [...]
Can I rate something 0 stars? Because this doesn't deserve to be read, for god's sake! Utterly disappointed.
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