Gist: Chetan Bhagat’s second novel, One Night @ the Call Center, is based on a group of people working at a call center who have a chance encounter with God. The book describes a bunch of completely different characters with differing aims and ambitions, and how they pull themselves together and resolve these issues finally.
Thoughts: When a book is interesting in its story idea, and written in simple language that appeals to the common public, the book is bound to be a good one. But not all the time. What Chetan Bhagat, who I applaud for giving the country a push to read more stories, does with this book, One Night at a Call Center, is the same. The story, one where the guy tries to woo the girl back, where both of them are working at the same call center, and where another guy is all ready to swoop in and get the girl, it works in a way because it's a storyline we're so used to seeing in movies. The hero, the heroine and the villain. And their characters are quite interesting, even if simple. What makes it go from interesting to hilarious and way unrealistic is the quite exaggerated scenes toward the end. Is the book a bad read? I'd say it can be a one-time read for a short journey, but not something that I'd keep on my bookshelf.
Rating: 2 stars