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One Night @ The Call Center por Chetan…
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One Night @ The Call Center (original 2005; edição 2006)

por Chetan Bhagat (Autor)

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A comedy of romance and crossed lines Six friends are selling home appliances to the US from a call centre in India. Each one has an issue with love. Call agent Sam works right beside the girl who's just dumped him. He's dating someone he can't stand, just to get over her. Esha is just short of becoming a model. Two inches, to be precise. Vroom wants to change the world. Radikha's trying to manage her mother-in-law, and hold down her job. Tonight is Thanksgiving in America, and customers are queueing up to complain about white goods going wrong. On this night of a thousand phone calls, when life couldn't look more dismal, one unique caller gets on the line. And that call is going to change everything ... A romantic comedy of six friends kicking against the system, against their boss, and against each other. Something's got to give ...… (mais)
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Título:One Night @ The Call Center
Autores:Chetan Bhagat (Autor)
Informação:Rupa & Co. (2006), 276 pages
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One Night at the Call Center: A Novel por Chetan Bhagat (2005)

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It's... okay. I didn't dislike it, but I can't think of anyone to whom I'll be recommending it either.

The framing of the story was interesting - while on an overnight train, a mysterious, beautiful woman tells the author the story of the call center, but only after he agrees to the woman's terms: if she tells the story, he must use it for his next book. But despite the reality-blurring frame, the story itself is average. The characters, all of whom work at the call center of the title, go to work, gossip, take breaks, and worry about the impending 'rightsizing.' Their boss speaks in impenetrable business jargon, and his incompetence may be a leading factor in the upcoming layoffs.

Shyam, the narrative character of the interior story, apologizes at the outset for his plain speech. As well he should, honestly. I assumed that the apology would turn out to be false modesty or a foil to underscore the brilliance of his insights, but the language of the novel is straight-forward and workaday to the point of becoming boring and the brilliant insights never materialized. The flat language use may be a problem with the translation... but I somehow doubt it. Shyam is paralyzed with self-doubt and hung up on Priyanka, whom he works with and used to date. The night is broken up by his reminisces about dates with Priyanka and her phone conversations with her prospective groom from America. He hates that she's moving on, but he feels he doesn't quite deserve her. As a reader, he nearly convinced me that he doesn't.

Oh, and it's Thanksgiving in America. And God calls. (Neither of these plot points is as interesting as it sounds.)

I've read much worse books, but there are better books out there. Skip this one. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
Not really the right book for me; I have little patience with romantic woes to begin with, particularly from the point of view of the Nice Guy. The point of the book is that he gets his head back together in due course (and unlike most Nice Guys he actually does care about people when his head's on the right way to show it) so it was a better reading experience once I started reading on fast-forward and skipped a bunch of the flash-backs. I do like the conceit, and the parts focused on the call centre itself - and on the other problems facing their other colleagues - were a good read. ( )
  zeborah | Jul 29, 2018 |
Initial cursory reading of the first few pages intrigued me enough to want to read more. However, as the story unfolded, the plot development unraveled and fell through. As a published author with several books under his belt (I wonder, really), I must say that the writing style was quite juvenile and very rough. The only 'nice' thing about it, if you are looking for it, is that one could say that it played out like a B-grade Bollywood movie. I am not in the habit of posting a negative review on a book, because to each his/her own -- but I really do not recommend reading this (unless critiquing is your cup of tea), nor would I take the chance on reading another one of this author's books, on the perchance that it might have some redeeming qualities. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
A love story that will bloom again when the girl decided to marry a boy chosen by her mother and in just one night the life of a group changes when some truths revels. ( )
  Pankaj.Kumar | Dec 20, 2013 |
There was something oddly readable about this book, even though the writing style felt stilted, and dialogue forced (and everything said a little too obvious) and the plot itself was somewhat saccharine, sappy and included divine intervention. However, it only took up one day of my life and was quite amusing, although I do not feel it deserves more than two stars - "it was ok". The whole "message" was a little too obvious and shoved down the reader's throat and the insulting of American's intelligence rather got on my nerves. Even though, for the record, I am not American. Besides, I do hate the call centres that ring up and tell me my computer has a virus! ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
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"I first read it and wrote about it when I was in India last year, and it’s stayed in my head ever since."
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A comedy of romance and crossed lines Six friends are selling home appliances to the US from a call centre in India. Each one has an issue with love. Call agent Sam works right beside the girl who's just dumped him. He's dating someone he can't stand, just to get over her. Esha is just short of becoming a model. Two inches, to be precise. Vroom wants to change the world. Radikha's trying to manage her mother-in-law, and hold down her job. Tonight is Thanksgiving in America, and customers are queueing up to complain about white goods going wrong. On this night of a thousand phone calls, when life couldn't look more dismal, one unique caller gets on the line. And that call is going to change everything ... A romantic comedy of six friends kicking against the system, against their boss, and against each other. Something's got to give ...

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