Mumbai Dabbawala or Tiffin Wallahs: 200,000 Tiffin Boxes Delivered Per Day

The famous Dabbawala or Tiffin Wallahs of Mumbai...


Tiffin Wallah translates as one who carries the box. Tiffin is an old English word for a light lunch, and also the name of the multi-compartment metal lunch box that carries it. The Tiffin Wallah originated over a century ago when the many Indians working for British companies disliked the food served at work. Tiffin service was created to bring home cooking to the workplace. Today the city's 5,000 tiffin-wallahs deliver 200,000 tiffin-boxes filled with home-cooked food each day. According to a recent survey, there is only one mistake in every 16,000,000 deliveries and the system has registered a performance rating of 99.999999. Prince Charles is a fan and patron of the Tiffin Wallahs and countless businesses and corporations study the system to learn of its success and efficiency.

  • KarenMarleneLarsen 7y

    fabulous image- par normal- and a fascinating tale. thanks!
  • Luisa Cruz 7y

    Great capture
  • GoodBye Flickr 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Beauty & The Beast, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    thanks for sharing such a good info and of course, it's a good shot too!... So, Tiffin Wallahs biz would be like catering biz eh?...Those who organise food supply for the events and functions too.. Well done, Steve

    I Have Seen It From My Contact Pages ! ;-)
  • Chris Farrugia ( 7y

    Wonderful shot!
  • Cruxlub 7y

    Terrific job!
    Beautifully orchestrated lines, colors and positions.
    Inspiring us through your eyes.
    Thank you for the great moment of your talent.
  • Luis Eduardo ® 7y

    Very nice

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  • fotos de manuela 7y

    b>Wonderful shot!
    So wonderful please accept this invitation to

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  • Jack FitzSimmons 7y

    Great shot - the smile of (?) pride on the tiffin-wallah is wonderful
  • Vinayak Das 7y

    Lovely. I like this shot a lot
  • Boaz 7y

    Great shot!
  • Mustafa Pracha 7y

    this is an excellent documentary capture!
  • Dak Rantau 7y

    Nice shot!
  • bulbul mankani 7y

    and all the tiffins are delivered using symbols(not addresses) so literacy is no issue...
  • Alfred Pleyer 7y

    great capture...!!!!!
  • Happy Tiffin 7y

    And if you want one of your own... Happy Tiffin has a good selection of tiffins.
  • cynical_witch 6y

    Nice. Used this on a piece on Mumbai. Thanks!
  • Mahindra Homestays 6y

    Great image - we featured it in our favourite things this week:
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  • pickselschieba 4y

    Dear Steve Evans,
    this is a great picture! Thank you for uploading it under the licence "Creative Commons" (CC), including the right to make commercial use of the work. I am writing a book on India "101 Indien", which will be published by german publishing house Iwanowski. It would be great to make use of your shot in this book. Of course, your photograph will be attributed to you, according to CC-Licence, in the imprint of the book, quoting your flickr-name, mentioning CC-Licence and Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any objections.
  • karpet2012 3y

    Hi Steve Evans,
    I add my comments in addition to all others, that this is a great depiction of the Dabbawala. Thank you for sharing! I work for FranklinCovey a sales and leadership training and consulting company and we would love to use this image in a case study about process management. We will attribute the photograph to you according to the CC-license. With your permission we would like to create an animated video referencing this image. The video will be distributed on copyright protected DVDs to individuals licensed to teach our content. We also ask that you grant us internet and international rights, as we are a worldwide organization and would like to share this amazing story with all of our clients. The video will only be distributed on copyright and password protected platforms. If you would like to know more about our organization you may visit our website at Please contact us if you have any objections to our request for usuage of this image.
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