(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Seeking his fame and fortune, Arjun Mehta joins a company that places Indian workers with American computer companies. Instead of an impressive position, Arjun finds himself working as a lowly virus tester in Washington. An indentured servant to the placement company, Arjun’s wages are garnished to pay off his work visa, administrative fees, and charges for room and board, leaving him with next to nothing.

Far from the computing superstar he claims to be on phone calls home, he likes his job and is a dutiful employee. Alone, save for a co-worker he longs for and a fantasy relationship with Baliwood star Leela Zahir, it is through his work that he develops his identity and security. This workplace sanctuary adds to his devastation when Arjun is laid off.

Desperate to appear invaluable to his employer, Arjun releases the Leela computer virus that quickly takes on several lives of its own. As a result of his cyber-terrorism, across the world businesses and individuals find their lives turned upside down by the virus. Realizing the havoc he’s unleashed, Arjun laments “All I wanted was to work and be happy and live a life in magic America.”

Transmission explores the disruption everyone’s daily routines who comes in contact with the virus directly or indirectly. No one escapes the devastation, including businessmen, refugees, and international movie stars. As Leela gains power, you see how others lose theirs.