My sitar arrived from
The Tar Gahan (which feeds the strings to the head) wasn't attached or glued properly and came clean off! So I have had to remove all the strings and glue it on. Still, I suppose it's a good way to get to know the instrument and how to tune it. It did come with a set of spare strings. Whilst the glue is drying, I can't play with it grrrr. Interestingly the terminal tuning knobs on the head are called KUNTI. I suppose I could twiddle them whilst I'm waiting.
The book in the photo is a slender volume written by Manfred M Junius. It is regarded as an unofficial classic. Other tutoring books are out of print and too expensive, but the Junius remains in print at least. And something to work with.