Monday, December 14, 2009

One Night At The Call Center by Chetan Bhagat, reviewed by Sherin Paul

One Night At The Call Center by Chetan Bhagat

Reviewed by
Name: Sherin Paul (15 years)
School: Father Agnel School

Amongst the contemporary writers, the one who has made his distinction in the literal world is Chetan Bhagat. This is the second book by Chetan Bhagat, whose first book “Five Point Someone” was a major hit in India. This one is even better than his first book.. Chetan Bhagat is an excellent storyteller but he needs a good editor. The book is very cheap at 95 rupees, but cheapness comes at a price: bad editor (no hard feelings) and bad paper/print quality. I finished it in one sitting, 6 hours straight. No, I wasn’t sitting, I was lying.

It’s about 6 people working in a call centre: 3 men and 3 women. He (Chetan Bhagat) is good at building characters and one can relate to the characters really fast. All these 6 people have problems in their lives which are introduced to us in a very interesting manner. It is thanksgiving night so the call flow is very light. They decide to take a short break and go to a night bar nearby. Coming back from the bar they meet (near) death. Death is staring at them when God calls on their cell phone. This God is real cool. He doesn’t ask them to be nice, or be polite to elders or pray e.t.c. This God simply asks them what they want and then tells them to do what they want. This becomes a turning point in their lives. They survive and how they survive! They become more alive after coming face to face with death. The ending is real cool.
So it’s an interesting, funny, cheap book, so go catch it!

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