Hate bug

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 February, 2005, 12:00am


(Hamish Hamilton) by Hari Kunzru

Conned by the promise of big dollars, Arjun Mehta leaves India to work as an indentured slave for the sterile mines of Silicon Valley. After months of being exploited, he releases an innovative computer virus that features Bollywood starlet Leela Zahir, whose moods swings delay the shooting of a song-and-dance epic in Scotland.

The damage wrought by the virus brings the likes of urbane Londoner Guy Swift to his knees, while threatening to hurt the world's innocent.