The word “dabbawala” in the Indian language when literally translated, means “one who carries a box”. “Dabba” means a box (usually a cylindrical tin , brass or aluminium container). So, literaly speaking, a Dabba contains Lunch.
The foremost is love and caring of the housewives who make sure their loved ones get the healthy food from home as a typical dabba changes hands 4 to 6 times in its journey...
Believe it or not, the dabbawalas of Bombay ( Mumbai ) who have been delivering lunches to working people since the last 125 years are recognised as delivering 6 sigma level of accuracy in their Dabba delivery ie which means only 1 mistake in 6 million deliveries.
This Tiffin Box or Dabba is a vintage piece made of solid brass containing 3 compartments - 1 for the the Indian Bread / rice, 1 for lentils and the 3rd for the vegetable not forgetting handwritten messages from a loved one at home.
Size: Height 27 cm x diameter 13 cm
Weight : 1.15 kilograms
Photo of Dabbawala: Courtsey - dinodia.com