Modern Asian Studies. Sep2009, Vol. 43 Issue 5, p1085-1116. 32p.
POSTAL service, HISTORY, COMMUNICATIONS industries, LETTER mail handling, DELIVERY of goods, EIGHTEENTH century, and EMPLOYEES
The article explores the history of communications and transport between India and the Middle East during the eighteenth century. Using information about the Aiyangar pattamars, a specialized group of couriers based in southern India, it focuses on efforts by indigenous groups to deliver letters and small parcels during the period of European colonial expansion over the Islamic Eurasian region. The article also considers terms and phrases associated with couriers and transport, postal rates charged for the delivery of letters, the use of couriers and intermediaries as well as a description of their functions, and how various military engagements during this period affected delivery of private correspondence and packages.