The Lunchbox (und die Dabbawala)

Sneak-Empfehlung: Falls jemand Lust auf einen schoenen Feel-Good-Film hat, der obendrein – obwohl eine Bollywood-Produktion – nicht kitschig ist, sei The Lunchbox empfohlen.

Ich verlinke mit Absicht nicht auf den Trailer, der m.E. ein wenig zu viel verraet, und verweise stattdessen mit grosser Faszination auf den heimlichen Star des Films, naemlich das Dabbawala-System in Mumbai, mittels dessen die titelgebende Lunchbox durch die Stadt faehrt:

Mumbai is one of the most populated cities on earth with huge flows of traffic. Because of this, lengthy commutes to workplaces are common, with many workers travelling by train.

Instead of going home for lunch or paying for a meal, many office workers have a cooked meal sent from their home, or sometimes from a caterer who cooks and delivers the meal in lunch boxes and then have the empty lunch boxes collected and re-sent the same day. This is usually done for a monthly fee of about ₹450. The meal is cooked in the morning and sent in lunch boxes carried by dabbawalas, who have a complex association and hierarchy across the city.

collecting dabbawala, usually on bicycle, collects dabbas either from a worker’s home or from the dabba makers. As many of the carriers are illiterate, the dabbas have some sort of distinguishing mark on them, such as a colour or group of symbols.

The dabbawala then takes them to a designated sorting place, where he and other collecting dabbawalas sort (and sometimes bundle) the lunch boxes into groups. The grouped boxes are put in the coaches of trains, with markings to identify the destination of the box (usually there is a designated car for the boxes). The markings include the railway station to unload the boxes and the destination building delivery address.

At each station, boxes are handed over to a local dabbawala, who delivers them. The empty boxes are collected after lunch or the next day and sent back to the respective houses.

Ab 2013-11-21 mehrmals taeglich in der Lichtburg in der Frauenstrasse.

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