Saturday, July 14, 2007
One Night @ the Call Center
The second from Mr. Bhagat does come with an interesting premise - there are 6 people who work in a call center and each of them has his/her own personal and professional problems. The entire story happens on a single night when after a series of unfortunate events, the six of them receive a call from God, when they are on the edge of falling into a gorge. Interested?
My interest in reading this book was twofold:
1. I got the two Bhagath books for a good deal online
2. I was so in sync with Five Point Someone, that I wanted to see whether it was a flash in the pan or not.
The book appeals with realism and you tend to accept Shyam, the narrator for what he and at the same time, you can't help feeling that he is not a go-getter, which is why he faces his problems in life.
The call from God has not been overdone and over hyped - rather, as it was with Life of Pi, the caller/speaker could be anybody else - even one amongst the 6 people facing death, but the narrator/Bhagath chooses to call it God. I think the book hints at this possibility too.
The only bad thing I found about the book was the cinematic ending - was very contrived and that ending spoils the effect of the book, at least for me.
Verdict: Time pass. Definitely not a Must Read.