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
Surely interpreters were almost non-existent
Gestures? How long it must have taken for either to learn the language!
At some point in the 19th century, I suspect the latter instances became >>>> the former
Not sure when