Love in a “Lunchbox”

1000x1000   If a slum dweller  in Mumbai can earn a million dollars on a TV game show, why is it not possible for an aging insurance man to find love in his lunchbox? ‘The Lunchbox’ is in limited release in the US.  It was hugely popular in film loving India and there was a  national scandal when it was not chosen to be the Indian film representing India at the Academy Awards.  And someone should have listened to the people because ‘Good Road’ which was submitted was not even honored in the top five foreign films. Mumbai (Bombay)  has 5000 “dabbawallahs” who distribute one million lunches per day using their feet, trains, buses, and scooters.  Many of the lunches are packed at home so they need to be collected, taken to  Mumbai by  the correct dabbawallah , arrive at the office of the husband,  eaten, and then returned to the wife at home for the same routine the next day !



This amazing efficient delivery system is in the world’s 5th largest city of 12.5 million souls, one of the densest cities with 21,000 people per kilometer which is twice as dense as NYC, and four times as dense as London .  And don’t forget the constant chaotic mess that is traffic in Mumbai!

The lunchbox is a steel tower with several compartments with hot water in the bottom  to serve if not a hot, at least a warm meal to the husband.


This is a picture from the film.


Harvard researchers were amazed at this daily process and conducted research. Their findings concluded that only  one in a million lunches were ever delivered incorrectly by the dabbawallh system of Mumbai.


The “Lunchbox” is a gentle Indian commentary on the human need for connection and communication !

text from Mark Moring
Christianity Today, movie reviewer

some photos from public domain

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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33 Responses to Love in a “Lunchbox”

  1. YellowCable says:

    Looks good. I have seen this delivery concept on “Top Gear” show. Amazing.


  2. markbialczak says:

    I want to see it now, Anne. Thanks.


  3. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown and commented:
    This made me feel hungry!


  4. I loved the main actor in The Namesake. I can’t wait to see this one.


  5. annetbell says:

    That actor was in Life of Pi, too. Did you see that?


  6. Eric Alagan says:

    Someone should study the logistical prowess here – what insights it’ll provide to freight forwarding and courier companies.


    • annetbell says:

      Amazing isn ‘t ? The postal delivery is going down hill in the states, I nominate them as first client ! (Sorry if you are from the US as I can ‘t remember all the details .).


  7. Eric Alagan says:

    No worries, Anne – I’m in Singapore and our postal service is great.


    • annetbell says:

      And I am thinking pretty much everything is great in Singapore! 😎 Always heard good things from there….and great shopping , too! Right?


      • Eric Alagan says:

        True – the country is turning into one great shopping mall. Even the newest airport terminal is actually a shopping mall with the terminal grafted on, as an after thought.


      • annetbell says:

        Do you have penguins and skiing like in Dubai?


      • Eric Alagan says:

        Yes – and polar bears. We’re working on the pyramids, Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. We even have a mini Great Wall.

        40 years ago, we had the highest man-made waterfall – I think it’s not the highest any more – Dubai beat us to it.


      • annetbell says:

        Oh my goodness! Unbelievable, you should post on that! Funny thing to me is I guess they are building all those “wonders ” to draw tourists. Does it work ? I have been lucky to see all of the real places except “the great wall . ” no appeal for me! Did you know that all those wonders of the world have been replicated in Vegas in Nevada? I have no desire to go there either! Wild story. . . . .


  8. Dalo 2013 says:

    Great, great post. I saw a local show about this, just an incredible story. Thanks for sharing.


  9. spicyessence says:

    I have been wanting to see this, but it hasn’t come out in Kuwait.. 😦


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  11. spicyessence says:

    Reblogged this on SpicyEssence and commented:
    This is such great story.. Love in a “Lunchbox” … I don’t watch much Bollywood movies, but I think this will be a good one. Irfan Khan is an amazing actor and I love watching his movies!


  12. Peter Hatton. says:

    Hi Anne.
    There are only 2 of us at our house and we quite often get our lunches mixed up.


  13. LucyJartz says:

    I actually have a steamer stack just like theirs, only bigger around and taller. We use it for camping meals. Thanks for the review – now I am looking forward to seeing it.


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