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Reads for the road

A dozen books that will give you an insight into the subcontinent when you visit for the cricket

Suresh Menon

In the shadow of Eden

For a sense of the place the park holds in Kolkata's imagination, take a walk in and around it on a non-match day

Shamik Bag

The uncommon green

In the heart of Kolkata, the Maidan is a great level playing field

Shamik Bag

Party hearty

And then head straight to breakfast, before taking a cruise and gorging on spicy street food. There's a lot to do in and around Kolkata

Deep Dasgupta

Classical Kolkata

As befits a city of thinkers and artists, the finest Test played there was a long, slow, examination of skill and character

Mark Ray

Days in Eden

In Kolkata everyone's a cricket watcher, and what better place to watch it than at the stadium that has come to be an emblem of the city?

Soumya Bhattacharya

Cricket in the city of football

The beautiful game may be No. 1 here but the passion for cricket remains fierce, sometimes with unpleasant side-effects