The Dabbawalas are the people that provide you with your ‘Dabba’ as in lunch box. They are known to be really hygienic and accurate in their job. They take your lunch box from your home to the office and also return back the empty lunch box in the afternoon. The Dabbawalas are also known for their accuracy, though they deliver tons of lunch boxes every day they never get confused or mistaken. They are only confined to Mumbai and do not provide service to any other city in India. There are many other facts about Mumbai’s Dabbawalas that you will be surprised to know.
Read the following article to know more about them:
1. Mumbai’s Dabbawalas are in business since pre-independence. Mahadeo Bavaji Bachche was the first ever Dabbawala in 1890 and he used to deliver food to the British officers.
2. The Dabbawalas are doing their uninterrupted services for 120 years meaning that they never take a holiday. Their dedication is so much that they were unstoppable even during the flood in July 2005. The only day when they were off service was when they supported Anna Hazare in August.
3. They are so accurate in their job that the chance of them being wrong is 1 in 16 million! They deliver around 200,000 lunchboxes every day without being confused. They are also ISO 9001:2000 certified company.
4. The Dabbawalas are highly organized. They use color coding method to distinguish the lunch box on the basis of their distance, priority, and route.
5. In 2010, Mumbai’s Dabbawalas was a topic of research at Harvard Business School.
6. Prakash Bally Bachche, a dedicated Dabbawala has created a Guinness World Record by carrying three lunch box crates on his head at the same time and each crate was 6-7 feet long.
7. The Dabbawalas has started an initiative where they ask people to put a sticker on their lunch box if there are any leftovers present in it and that leftovers are given to the children in slum areas.
8. The British Prince Charles was also a big fan of Mumbai’s Dabbawalas. Back in 2003, he visited India and met them and had a 20 minutes meeting with them.
9. The kind-hearted 500 Dabbawalas contributed 10-20 rs each and brought a saree for Prince Charle’s bride at their wedding and a Maharashtrian Turban for him.
10. Their networking is so strong that Microsoft and HUL have even asked for their help for promotions and other occasions.