One Night @ The Call Center, By Chetan Bhagat

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Fiction is considered to be an art of creation. Just as God has created the world, the writer also presents a new world of imagination, where things are more comprehensible and beautiful than they ordinarily are. The writer through his works creates a new universe. He is influenced by the conditions of the age in which he works and creates. In the words of David Daiches “it is no doubt largely true that an age is reflected in its literature which reveals the tides of thought, the vagarities of emotions, the springs of actions that animated it men and women” (Dhull 1).
Indian writers in English constitute a significant group. Widely acclaimed as a gifted writer and winner of many awards, Chetan Bhagat has also carved a place of himself in the Indian writers. Endowed with a searching psychological insight and capable of writing an intense prose work, Bhagat seems to have sensed the interest of young India and wants it to be communicated to his readers.
In this paper, the gestures of post-coloniality in Chetan Bhagat’s novel One Night @ The Call Center have been discussed, where post-colonial aspects are exhibited in varied forms and with varying implications. Over the past few years, post-coloniality has emerged a site of creative engagement with the identity crisis of oppressed/subordinate self. It has been used as an umbrella term, under which exist imperialistic, hegemonic attitude and a colonized oppressed society. Writers of this post-colonial fiction have been engaged in this context depicting both the Indian culture and the hybridization of native culture on account of western impacts like dress, ideology and cultural activities. Jahan Ramazani defines it as, “Post-colonialism, is concerned with what has been called the ‘location of culture’”(Ramkrishna 98).
One Night @ The Call Center, the second novel released in 2005, is being widely read. It is the story of six call center agents i.e. Shyam, Varun, Priyanka, Esha, Radhika and Military Uncle who rebel against bad boss Bakshi to punish him for his bad deeds. The novel starts with every agent’s running for catching the qualis. Alienation, transference, displacement, multiculturalism and certain sense of awareness are the things which occur in the novel reflecting post-colonial aspect. Every agent in the novel has undergone a great change in their personalities with a great patience and high stress. Shyam Mehra becomes Sam for more money and joins ‘connexion’ Radhika Jha becomes as an agent of ‘connexion’ with the name Regina Jones. Esha Singh changed into Eliza singer at the workplace and Varun Malhotra is known an agent Victor Mell at the workplace. This sudden change in their identity gives birth to alienation. Transference, displacement and alienation constitute the postcolonial experiences of not only the Indians settled or born abroad, but also of the Indians in India due to western impacts.
Bhagat shows the impact of western ideology, how these Indian agents...

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