The modern city of Mumbai is home for the richest and poorest, wealthiest and neediest, best employed and unemployed Indian person. It is the proud host of the luxurious Bollywood Film City and at the same time the sad Mother of Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum area. These huge contrasts create so many social ills, realities and phenomena that is unique to Mumbai, and one these phenomena are the Mumbai Dabbawalas. Who are they? What are they?
A dabbawala literally means a ‘box person’. Also spelled as ‘dabbawalla’ or ‘dabbawallah’, the term does not refer to the jobless populace living inside carton boxes, although there are thousands of them in the streets of Mumbai. A dabbawala has a job, and the [Read more…]