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One Night at the Call Center: A Novel

One Night at the Call Center: A Novel

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Ballantine Books
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 patienceand accent managementthey help American consumers keep their lives running. Yet behind the headsets, everybodys 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. Priyankas domineering mother has arranged for her daughters upscale marriage to an Indian man in Seattle. Esha longs to be a model but discovers its 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 throug ... See more
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  1. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     Conversations with God 2 December, 2013 On
    Exactly as the title states, this novel describes the happenings during one night at the call center (Connexions call center). The story revolves around Shyam, Priyanka, Vroom, Esha, Radhika and Military Uncle and the various happenings in their life both in and outside work. During the course of one eventful night at work, these six come to terms with reality and take charge of their respective lives.
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  2.  A sure recreation asset 30 May, 2013 On
    Genre: Humor, Thriller

    Language: Witty, Easy English

    Brief: The life story of Indian call-center people, explained in a dramatic way. A couple of guys from call center and the betrayal, the difficulties, the fun they overcome and experience has been portrayed through this. The general call center life and their employees. The hurdles and the enjoyment they go throughout their life in the call center. The story starts with the writer on a train and asked by a beautiful lady stranger to write a novel on the general middle class people of the 20th century (which was the call-center employees), and ends with the writer waking up to see a spiritual being passing him in the train. The rest of it is all research of the writer on the call center life and their employees. One employee being the main character and the surrounding employees being the story movers. All of them ended up in a drastic situation that is going to change their thought process and the rest of their life.

    Comments (in brief): While reading the book, the one thing that will make you wonder is, ‘is that a true story!” And believe me, a stories that let people wonder like that are the one that provides the audience some sort of un-explainable satisfaction. A very easy read book and for people who lost their habit of reading book, this can be a good re-start (worked for me). For people with medium habit of reading books, can complete it within one or two days (of-course, including breaks). A well read. Written in a perfect humor English. From my personal experience, I have almost lost my interest on reading book, and then, started it again with this. So if you do have similar kind of friends or acquaintances who all lost their interest on reading books after school, you can always gift this (if he haven’t yet read it, which is quiet unnatural for this famous book). The perfect addition of drama and twist at the end is like “oohhhh!”. Please do read it, it’s worth a read, and might not take more than a day or two to complete the book (if you had a practice of reading, once upon a time).
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  3.  Another trash in the market 9 July, 2014 On
    Five point someone was appreciated among youngster across India that motivated Mr Baghat to write one more trash. Its very unfortunate for a country like India where in such crappy novels get such great response, it actually talks about the collective social consciousness of the country and where are we heading as a nation and as a culture.
    Chetan has used pseudo pornography to attract youngster and he has been successful, I believe that he knows pretty well that his writing is not any form of literature and not even close to it.
    He is articulating pornography in most glorified and sophisticated way and that's actually bringing him monetary benefit but think for a while what value are you adding , you are just triggering the persuasions of hormones in youth and making money.
    You need to justify your existence.
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  4.  Honest attempt on writing in initial days 30 May, 2014 On
    This book fortunately got saved from the high handed treatment of Movie writer Chetan Bhagat, because it was written by a newbie wanna-be writter Chetan Bhagat who left his investment banking job for what so ever reason and followed his passion to be a writer.

    The book actually is on unrealistic paranormal experience but has been written honestly without dreaming to convert it into a movie.
    The movie happend and was a dud...
    so the book still retains it's charm.

    Read it, only if you have nothing better to read or you are an avid Chetan Bhagat Fan.
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  5.  Complete wast of time 27 December, 2013 On
    The Books success was due to the fan following created by the previous book by the same author.
    The wastes more the half the time describing the characters in the book with a dismal attempt at maybe trying to connect to the audience or gain their sympathy.
    If you are stuck up in a lonely island I'd rather use it for firewood. ate time reading it.
    Strictly NOT worth reading.
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  6.  lovely story 6 March, 2015 On
    This was the first novel/book which i started to read and i just wanted to know what happens further.
    Easy to understand. Story revolving around different people quite resembles to real life situation we see in our surroundings.
    This book made me to read further books of chetan bhagat as well.
    I would recommend this book to read
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  7.  Good Read ! 4 July, 2014 On
    A nice book to read at all times. This is one of the first books written by the author Cheta Bhagat. This book was also made into a Bollywood film and it did well. A nice book by the author using simple English he described life in and around a call center in India.
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  8.  the romance 22 September, 2012 On
    i love the romance in this book this is the best book by chetan bhagat till now i think the romance could be better a little sex scenes would be better but still i love it
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  9.  Save you time and stay away 7 September, 2013 On
    waste of time.. don't even bother thinking about it..

    I was so eager to read after reading the first book of the author, complete let down
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