Transmit (transitive verb): a : to send or convey from one person or place to another:b : to cause or allow to spread: as (1) : to convey by inheritance or heredity: (2) : to convey (infection) abroad or to anotherKunzru's book covers the entirety of that definition. The lead character, Arjun Mehta, has been transmitted from India to America. He's attempting to transmit his ideas and desires through an entirely new cultural medium. In a desperate attempt not to be transmitted back to India, he transmits a computer virus that spreads all over the world, transmitting itself over and over again, impacting the planet in ways he could never have foreseen. Leela Zahir, whose mother transmits a constant stream of pressure and demands, is transmitting herself around the world through her Bollywood movies, and now through her image attached to the "Leela Virus". And so on, and so on, and so on...This excerpt sums it up beautifully for me: "Perfect information is sometimes defined as a signal transmitted from a sender to a receiver without loss.. In the real world, however, there is always noise."I loved this book. The writing is beautiful, ironic, clever. It's slightly too light of a read to be rated "amazing" in my opinion, but only just.