Friday, November 29, 2013

The Weekend in Black and White

Mumbai`s Dabbawalas…I managed to be at the Churchgate station on time to see the famous dabbawalas in action…The tiffin boxes with freshly cooked meals are collected and then distributed to the various offices.
The service already started more than a hundred years ago. Many office workers have a long commute and they prefer home cooked meals!

Here they come….

The sorting of the tiffin boxes can begin, lunch boxes are sometimes bundled into groups.

Well accustomed to the areas dabbawalas often use shortcuts to deliver the lunch boxes on time.
They barely make a mistake which is even more remarkable considering the fact that many dabbawalas are illiterate.

The almost 5000 dabbawalas deliver around 175,000 to 200,000 lunch boxes every day and earn around 10,000 Rupies per month ( 100Euros).


  1. Fascinating story, and beautifully illustrated.

  2. Interesting reading and great shots!

  3. Very beautiful photos, they have a fascinating system to deliver food and incredible ways to make it.

  4. How interesting! Great photo story too! So happy to see a post from you! Keep em coming!

  5. Wonderful serie of photos and a great post!

  6. Willkommen zurück - und die Fotos sind wunderschön! Und fernwehmachend ... was wäre ich gerne dabei gewesen!

  7. Thank you for a glimpse into an unknown (to me) world.
    great pictures.
    Have a nice day.

  8. Wonderful photos! A truly amazing work and requires certain skills!

  9. Tolle Straßenszenen aus Bom-, äh, Mumbai!