The Perennial Plate

Season 2013 Episode 02.28.13

Dabbawalla

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Each day in Mumbai 4000 men in white outfits and matching hats transport 175,000 lunches across the big city. They retrieve the tiffens (lunch containers) of food from mothers and wives, and bring them (by foot, train, bicycle and even carried on top of their heads) to the office buildings of waiting husbands and sons. The Dabba Wallas have been doing this since the late 1800s. Despite the unsophisticated mode of transport, the lunches always arrive on time (the error rate is 1 in every 16 million transactions). It's a pretty impressive feat and we were lucky enough to follow a couple Dabba Wallas for a day in Mumbai, and see their work first hand. Created by: www.theperennialplate.com In Partnership with Intrepid Travel: www.intrepidtravel.com/food/ Filmed & edited by: Daniel Klein ( twitter.com/perennialplate/ ) Mirra Fine ( twitter.com/kaleandcola/) Music: Song RAJA RAJATHI RAJAN, composed by ILAIYARAAJA, Lyric by VAALI. Licensed by AGI MUSIC "Penny F#$K" by The Guadaloop: https://soundcloud.com/the-guadaloop Filmed on 5d Mark iii w Canon 24-70, 70-200 2.8 Lmoreless
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