Friday, April 08, 2005

Awesome stuff: The Dabba-waalas of Mumbai

The representatives of Mumbai's dabbawallas will attend Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' wedding at St George Chapel, Windsor Castle, on April 9. The unique relationship between Charles and the dabbawallas started in November 2003, when the Prince visited India. He wanted to meet the dabbawallas to find out about their unique food supply service that had featured in Forbes magazine. The dabbawallas were delighted when the Prince took time off his busy schedule and spent time with them. When the wedding was announced, the dabbawallas wasted no time in sending a wedding gift -- a turban for Charles and a sari for Camilla.

The Prince was moved by their gesture and invited them to the wedding.

Who are the dabba-waalas?


Blogger Aishah said...

Do you suppose they might do something mortally embarrasing and give all Indians a bad name,like eat insist on taking the leftovers home?

1:41 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Assalamualaikum, Saima,

Allah Ta'aala tells us in the Quran: "O ye who believe! Let not a folk deride a folk who may be better than they (are), nor let women (deride) women who may be better than they are; neither defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. Bad is the name of lewdness after faith. And whoso turneth not in repentance, such are evil-doers." Surah al-Hujarat, ayah 11

Anyone who works hard and with sincerity deserves to be respected, not for where he comes from but for the values he upholds with his honest labour. I'm not sure how I would react were I placed in a position of such poverty. It's so easy to do something wrong just for a bit of quick money. Millions do it every day.

2:13 AM  

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