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July 11, 2004

Check out Leela Zahir a Bollywood actress, nay deadly computer viurs or Both? Let us settle it down, Leela is both leela.exe a computer viurs and Leela Zahir, favourite bollywood actress of Arjun Mehta, who is the central character in Transmission. This is second novel from Hari Kunzru of Impressionist fame. It is a story of Arjun Mehta resident of NOIDA (sounds familiar)He is a Programmer hunting for job till he got one in Amrika. But as the bubble busted and then Jobs were being outsourced Back home to India he loose his job,he is back to square one again hunting (job) again, untill he got one in an antiviurs company. Frustated with his past experience, and to keep his job longer he created leela.exe a virus in hope of becoming a hero (when he stops it later) alas! things went out of control and hero could not control the catastrophic events that happened. Leela the bollywood actress and Arjuns heartthrob got international fame,and Arjun a wanted terrorist. This is fiction part of it. Let me tell you Hari is an ex- wired journalist writing stories about valley on cyber world, and the gyrating leela and the his website are his creation, so he is a techie and pro enough to talk about virues and tecnology for layman combined with it is his tone of impressionist, with satire and comedy he talks about globalisation, and social problems faced by the immigrants, Hari is proponent of Free movement of people ( as free movement of money and information) Hari also talks about the show off and branding prevelent in Amrican society and lot more very deeeeeep issues ( will have to read between the lines for that). As for now I am waiting for Sachin or Deepak to buy one and courier it to me. You can make up your mind by reading the excerpt Here

You will find its all happening around you … theres mention of familiar names like cannought place, Kajol, Palika Bazar, Trans Yamuna and above all … NOIDA… sounds familiar ?? Check out this analogy for INTERVIEW ROOM:

“….unceremoniously pulled the door open to reveal a waiting room filled with nervous young people sitting on orange plastic chairs with the peculiar, self-isolating stiffness interview candidates share with criminal defendants and people in STD-clinic reception areas” and

“The candidates squirmed. They coughed and played with their hands. They pretended to flick through magazines and made elaborate attempts to avoid eye contact with one another. All the seats were occupied.”
Let me know if you get the book …

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