Friday - - Food Special -

Af­ter the ter­ror at­tacks that rocked Mum­bai on Novem­ber 26, 2008, ev­ery com­muter on the lo­cal rail net­work was checked by the po­lice be­fore board­ing a train, ex­cept the dab­bawal­lahs as the po­lice have im­plicit faith in the men and their cred­i­bil­ity.

If a dab­bawal­lah takes a day off with­out giv­ing prior no­tice, he is fined Rs1,000 by the or­gan­i­sa­tion. How­ever, there is no fine for de­liv­er­ing a lunch box late sim­ply be­cause that never hap­pens.

When the Top Gear team – Jeremy Clark­son, Richard Ham­mond and James May – raced against the train-bound dab­bawal­lahs in their fancy cars, only Jeremy reached the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion at the same time as them. Richard was hours late and James lost his way. And none of them took the right lunch boxes with them.

As the or­gan­i­sa­tion does not use mo­torised ve­hi­cles or paper dur­ing any of its trans­ac­tions, it is also con­sid­ered to be one of the most en­vi­ron­ment-friendly businesses.

Dab­bawal­lahs have asked their clients to set aside any ex­tra food, which is given to the home­less.

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