Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Book Review: One Night @ The Call Center

This is a book that starts off with a great promise, even the few lines summary in the back cover page interests you. But it fails to deliver completely.

It is a story about the lives of few individuals working in a Call Center. This story is apparently told to the writer by a girl whom he meets in the train. It starts off fairly well, but loses track very soon, and goes on and on about their relationships with one another. It is almost as if, the writer wanted to write some sort of a relationship book. More than 50% of the book deals with that - something u were not expecting from a book with this title !!
The last few chapters of the book are unbelievably bad. Almost as if the writer was in tremendous hurry to finish it. After reading this, there is no interest left to read an earlier book by this same author: Five Point Someone.


  • The book is correctly priced only at Rs 95.
  • Not a very big book, easy to read (large fonts).
  • Storyline, not very good. Too much focus on discussing relationships of all sorts. You start wondering - whats going on !
  • The end is bad, and not well-thought out. Rushed finish.

Can anyone write anything and be called an author? By these standards some of the bloggers i know are Shakespear in the making :)

Not a new book.. this one - so you will find more reviews of the book elsewhere, and not all of them agreeing with this review!! Whats your take?


At 12:25 AM, Blogger shark said...

you read the wrong book first!
You should have read Five Point Someone before reading this :)

That was his first book and he has really written that very well... but then it became a success and he was under pressure to write another one... which as any book written in a hurry is mediocre!

I suggest don't miss on the Five Point Someone. It's really a good read.

But a question: Why are you reading these books so late? I mean the craze for these came and went almost a year back :)

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...

You have echoed the words i have heard from a few people recently...

But - i am so disappointed with this author that i can't bring myself to reading his first book anymore. And as to reading late - well - i just didn't know - until i met a acquaintance from IIT K - who had glorious things to say about the author - after having read his first book ofcourse!

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Giri said...

haven't read it (don't think i will)..But carried away by the release hype, I gifted it to someone an year ago - ha ha.

At 2:22 AM, Blogger shruti said...

i have read the point from someone and after readng that i too was inspired to read one night at a call centre..
but havent got time....hope it had fulfill his expectations...

At 11:28 PM, Blogger shruti said...

sorry, that was 5 point someone, instaed of what i have written here in my earlier comment...
and thanx for sharing an idea of bus carpooling, we can say that charted buses can be more like this...

At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Sajith M said...

Thought I had something worthwhile to say, but shark managed to beat me :)
Anyway apun, don't let you disappointment with "one night @", deter you from reading the "five point"

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...

Sajith M > Thx... since lotsa ppl r saying the first book was worthwhile... it really was after all :). My next train journey will probably have that book, and i especially like the pricing @ Rs 95/=

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