Chetan’s second call
AUTHOR Chetan Bhagat,
whose first book Five-Point Someone on IIT underdogs was a
runaway bestseller last year, is ready with his second book on the hot
and happening topic of BPOs.
To be released by Rupa
next month, One Night @ The Call Center is already trendily
shortened to ON@TCC.
"If you scratch the
surface, the call centre phenomenon has some dark shades to it. However,
ON@TCC is pure entertainment. The dark messages come every now and then,
but mostly readers should get ready for a fun night," Bhagat told
IANS in an e-mail interview.
Bhagat, who grew up in
Delhi, attended Army Public School and graduated from IIT, Delhi, and
IIM, Ahmedabad, says: "ON@TCC is a story of six people in a call
centre during one night. There are three main themes — ex-girlfriend,
bad boss and, well, God." Is it only for call centre people then?
"No, not at all," the not-yet-30 author says. "Just as my
last book, the story is universal. The call centre is just an
ON@TCC comes in the humour
category with dark undertones. Like the previous book, the book has a
fast-paced, thriller feel to it."
What was challenging about
writing his second book? "To set the story in one night. How can
you have a novel set in an 11-hour period? However, once done, it
becomes the main highlight of the story."
was that there are three female characters this time. Understanding one
woman is hard enough, so you can imagine what happened to me when I
tried to understand three at a time," says Bhagat in a lighter
Bhagat, who is working in
an investment bank in Hong Kong, won the Society Young Achiever’s
award in 2004. — IANS
A Nepali newspaper
editor, who is a critic of King Gyanendra’s government, has
become the country’s new literary icon with his best-selling
debut novel that chronicles the fate of people caught between the
Maoist insurgents and the security forces.
a novel by Narayan Wagle that hit the stalls last month, is the
first work of fiction inspired by the nine-year-old communist
insurgency that has claimed over 12,000 lives and resulted in the
disappearance of thousands.
So far the Maoist
movement seeking to overthrow Nepal’s constitutional monarchy
and establish a communist republic has inspired only non-fiction
by Nepali authors.
Fiction writers have
chosen to write about the pro-democracy movement in 1990 that
clipped the absolute power of the palace and installed a
multi-party system of government with constitutional monarchy.
But except for poets, established authors have chosen to avoid the
topic of insurgency except for the odd short story and a lone film
that ran into difficulties with the censor board.
is the story of a painter, Drishya, who dreams of opening an
Internet caf`E9-cum-gallery-cum-resort in the mountainous western
region, one of the worst affected by the insurgency.
However, his travels
in the region, much of it a Maoist stronghold, make him a suspect
in the eyes of the security forces and soon after his arrival in
the capital, Drishya "disappears".
The plot, Wagle says, was inspired by the hundreds of incidents he
heard in the news room of Kantipur, Nepal’s biggest
daily, that he has been heading since November 2003.
killed — this sort of occurrence has became commonplace,"
he said. "But news reports do not go beyond facts and
figures. I wanted to delve into the aspiration, psychology and
emotion of the people involved, the innocent civilians caught
between the Maoists and the security forces."
created a record when the first edition — consisting of 5,000
copies — sold out in less than a month, making it one of the
bestsellers in the post-1990 period.
Last Monday, it was
named the recipient of a prestigious literary award, the Madan
Puraskar, instituted by the widow of a former general.
But while Wagle has
been receiving bouquets from the people, his relations have been
less than cordial with the government.
Since February, the
37-year-old has been summoned thrice by the administration and
warned over articles published in Kantipur. But Wagle is unfazed.