>> You say Sanskrit "can" be written in any local script. But was it?
>> If a Tamil wrote a letter to a Bengali, say, in Sanskrit, did he
>> expect the Bengali to read the Tamil script, or were some scripts
>> preferred for such uses?

Peter T. Daniels wrote:
> Sorry, how would a Bengali even have been acquainted with a Tamil
> before the 18th century?

Commerce, scholarship and diplomacy come to mind,
not that I know anything about conditions in premodern India.

Anton Sherwood,
"How'd ya like to climb this high *without* no mountain?" --Porky Pine