Dabbawalla, A Unique Lunch Delivery Service in India

The latest episode of The Perennial Plate takes a look at the dabbawalla, a delivery person in India who delivers homecooked lunches to office workers in a low-tech but remarkably effective system.

Each day in Mumbai 4000 men in white outfits and matching hats transport 175,000 lunches across the big city. They retrieve the tiffens (lunch containers) of food from mothers and wives, and bring them (by foot, train, bicycle and even carried on top of their heads) to the office buildings of waiting husbands and sons. The Dabbawallas have been doing this since the late 1800s.

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E.D.W. Lynch
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