Tuesday, December 28, 2004

more books...

Just before Christmas i finished reading Transmission by Hari Kunzru. I liked it a fair bit, but it was hardly the work of literature that his earlier novel, The Impressionist. In a way the two books could not have been more different. Transmission is set in the contemporary United States and chronicles the hardships of a young NRI computer programmer trying to make his way in silicon valley. It is light and at times quite humourous - kind of a chutney Microserfs. Things start to go a little arwy when our hero unleashes a computer virus on the world in order to save his job. But for me the real joy of this book came from its look at Bollywood. Kunzru skillfully captures the importance of Bollywood in the imaginary of millions of Indians without laughing at it. Instead we are laughing with it.

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