Mine is an offbeat choice

I'd like to rewind to late 18th century Calcutta, and witness the exchanges between the Pandits and the intellectuals of the Asiatic Society like William Jones

The clash of the Orient and Occident. It must have seemed like meeting someone from Mars
In many of these very very early Indian-European encounters, I wonder how they even managed to talk to each other

Surely interpreters were almost non-existent

Gestures? How long it must have taken for either to learn the language!
I suspect in the mid-late 18th century, an Englishman was just as likely to learn the Indian language as an Indian pundit was to learn English

At some point in the 19th century, I suspect the latter instances became >>>> the former

Not sure when
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