It’s not like I’m some kind of aficionado of food delivery. In fact, I hardly ever have food delivered. But if I did, I’d want it to be done by these people in India, who have been using the same system for 130 years. Yep, 130 years. And I never even heard of this until this summer.
They’re called dabbawallas. Wikipedia explains them better than I can.
The dabbawalas (also spelled dabbawallas or dabbawallahs, called tiffin wallahs in older sources) constitute a lunchbox delivery and return system that delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work in India, especially in Mumbai. The lunchboxes are picked up in the late morning, delivered predominantly using bicycles and railway trains, and returned empty in the afternoon.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dabbawala
How have I never heard of this before? It seems impossible, but they do it daily and have for, once again, 130 YEARS!
It just shows how incredible people can be when they choose to be incredible.
Honestly, I’m not really interested in Domino’s bringing me a pizza, or using Grubhub, or anything like that. I’m always worried the delivery person will be picking their nose and eating half the food in the car. But this other delivery system? I mean, if I could sign up to get somebody’s authentic Indian grandma make me authentic Indian food and have it delivered by foot, bicycles, and trains to my front door and then back again every single day… well, then sign me up.
Check this out and just try to tell me it’s not amazing…