One Night @ the Call Center @ 57/- || The 3 Mistake of My Life (Hindi) by Chetan Bhagat @ 56/- [Amazon]
One Night @ the Call Center Paperback – 1 Oct 2005 by Chetan Bhagat (Author) @ 57/-
Six friends work nights at a call center in India, providing technical support for a major U.S. appliance corporation. Skilled in patience–and accent management–they help American consumers keep their lives running. Yet behind the headsets, everybody’s 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. Priyanka’s domineering mother has arranged for her daughter’s upscale marriage to an Indian man in Seattle. Esha longs to be a model but discovers it’s 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 through their shifts–and maintain their sanity–under the eagle eye of a boss whose ego rivals his incompetence. But tonight is no ordinary night. Tonight is Thanksgiving in America: Appliances are going haywire, and the phones are ringing off their hooks. Then one call, from one very special caller, changes everything.
Chetan Bhagat’s delicious romantic comedy takes us inside the world of the international call center, where cultural cross-wires come together with perfect pathos, hilarity, and spice.
The 3 Mistake of My Life (Hindi) Paperback – 1 Jun 2001 by Chetan Bhagat (Author) @ 56/-
The 3 Mistakes of My Life follows the life of three Indian young men Govind, Ishaan and Omi, who are bound together by friendship and their search for purpose in life. Govind, the main protagonist who believes that his Gujarati heritage makes being a businessman his calling in life but given his circumstances, it does prove to be quite hard. Ishaan, a cricket freak and a true patriot at heart is the best cricketer in his locality but fails to make his debut as an international cricket player. Then there is Omi, the rather innocent one of the trio who is at crossroads with the life he doesn’t know but wants and the life he knows but doesn’t like.
The trio of cricket crazed fanatics, desperate to make do with their lives open a cricket coaching center with the help of Omi’s maternal uncle who is more sinister than his otherwise dignified outlook. Ali, a local Muslim boy whose stroke of genius as a batsman catches their eye and they decide to be the pillars of his success in Indian Cricket, amidst the chaos that is sure to ensue.
The 3 Mistakes of My Life is a story of friendship and love, beautifully told throughout. The book was published in 2008 and is available in paperback.
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