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SUPER BOOK | One night @ the call center

It happened one night! Frank Capra?s classic that swept the Oscars has always made me sit up and think that could this actually happen. The stuff that has inspired Indian directors to come up with their numerous renditions.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 15:29 IST

One night @ the call center
Chetan Bhagat
Price-95
Publication- Rupa & Co

It happened one night! Frank Capra’s classic that swept the Oscars has always made me sit up and think that could this actually happen. The stuff that has inspired Indian directors to come up with their numerous renditions.

Then I fell in love with Gulzar, who can weave stories like Chekhov. And one fine day, actually night, I read Chetan Bhagat’s One night @ the call center. The book begins with a prologue in which the author recounts his tryst with a pretty young woman in a lonely train compartment (I still think it happens only in films).

A small discussion with the lovely eyed woman follows and ends up with the lady agreeing to tell him astory about youth. Condition: Bhagat has to convert the story into a book. One Night revolves around the happenings at a Gurgaon call centre. A group of six executives, are so embroiled and screwed up in their individual lives that they need some sort of a divine intervention to help put their problems on hold.

Shyam, the narrator is a born loser at everything; Priyanka his recently estranged girlfriend; Esha, the office doll with model aspirations.

Radhika is the typical Indian bahu who wants to keep both husband and saas happy, but accidentally learns that hubby dear is having a passionate affair in another city. Military Uncle is the retired brooding army guy who pines to be with his son’s family in the US.

Vroom, the guy who vrooms the story, is a bundle of contradictions. He hates his job but likes the money he gets. And oh yes, Bakshi, the office boss and the jerk that everyone loves to hate. Amidst the chaos of the plethora of the calls they are worked to entertain, they receive a call from someone.

To know all about the call, just spend Rs 95 and read the book for all your answers. Life it is too difficult to predict. But that is where Chetan scores. The beginning is more of an open-ended conversation, one involving an anchored approach to story telling, which is good as it raises the curiosity level of the story to be told.

There are flaws too as the writer’s mind goes superfluous and at times really filmy. Shyam and his gang have a strange meeting, Chetan meets s stranger aboard a train that ends up in a book, I read it under the moon and winter breeze, sipping my coffee enjoying a life that I could relate to. It all happened one night!