A Final Coda: Fragrant Memories?

  • Jenny RoseEmail author


This concluding chapter draws together some of the themes that resonate throughout the book, considering the material and social circumstances that drew Americans and Parsis together and the disparities that separated them. Documentation of interaction from 1788 until the late 1860s features successive members of the Wadia family, indicating that the goodwill of business relationships endured the test of the time and the cultural divide. Could it be that the Parsis emphasized the story of their own arrival on the shores of India to show how well placed they were to mediate both the commercial transactions and cultural induction of Americans who were new to Bombay? And what impressions, if any, did firsthand encounters with Parsis leave on those Americans?

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  1. 1.Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

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