Lunch with the Dabbawallahs

Background ~ World travelers, professional photographers, and LOWA Renegade boot lovers, Kat & Andy are off on a photo safari. This is the second of their posts from the field. Visit A. Hettinger Photography by clicking here.

While visiting Mumbai, we witnessed the most unique service... performed by the Dabbawallahs, men who pick up about 200,000 meals from suburban homes.

The Dabbawallahs pick up these meals and then deliver them, via carts and bicycles, to office workers all over the city ~ with incredible efficiency.

Each meal is put into a container with codes consisting of colors and symbols that, fortunately, the Dabbawallahs understand because we saw no rhyme or reason to any of it!

The codes on the containers tell the men where the meal is being delivered, and also where the container is to be returned to for the next day's service.

In Mumbai, office workers travel an average of 2 hours to get to work, so it is truly a luxury to have a home-cooked meal for lunch.

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