India in Slow Motion (Mark Tully) lIt is the story of India, told through its two main occupations – politics and religion. Tully recounts his adventures as a journalist, adding his particular brand of compassion and understanding. The book is about individuals, big and small, who form the backbone of the country
Jugalbandi (Kala Mandir, Dec 16, 6 pm) lThe evening promises to be a huge draw, with Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla and Tejendranarayan Mazumdar on the sarod. It is presented by Bhowanipore Sursagar Society, and will be compered by Madhumanti Maitra
Festival of Non-Verbal Arts (Swabhumi, Dec 15 & 16, 5.30 pm) lArtists from Britain, Japan, South Korea and India will perform, featuring shows like clown mime accompanied by music, street theatre on stilts, and several other open-air acts that have travelled from Germany to Thailand.
Quicksilver Messenger Service lThis Masters Of Rock collection, taken largely from the band’s first five albums, brilliantly captures a special period in musical history with evocative snapshots from an entire creative renaissance, which also featured the likes of Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead