Mumbai's 'dabbawallas' at work loading lunchboxes onto a train. Photo: Handout
Mumbai's 'dabbawallas' at work loading lunchboxes onto a train. Photo: Handout

‘Our profession is at stake’: Mumbai’s ‘dabbawallas’ fear for their futures as coronavirus shuts down age-old food delivery network

  • Lunchbox deliverers have been feeding India’s financial capital since the 1800s, but almost all have been put out of work by the pandemic and its associated disruptions
  • Some worry that their jobs – already under threat from food delivery apps and changing tastes – could now be gone for good, when the virus finally recedes

Mumbai's 'dabbawallas' at work loading lunchboxes onto a train. Photo: Handout
Mumbai's 'dabbawallas' at work loading lunchboxes onto a train. Photo: Handout
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