Steel dabbas or tiffins have always been a part of Indian people's livelihood. But what happens when you spot the same on the bustling streets of New York? Industrialist Anand Mahindra gave his Twitter family a glimpse of this rare sight through his latest post. He uploaded a picture where we can see a woman holding a three-tier steel tiffin along with her office bag. Anand Mahindra added a cheeky caption with the image that read as, “New York, Central Park. Dabba wali.” The description was in reference to Mumbai's iconic and traditional lunch delivery system called Dabbawalla. The photograph soon went viral as people on the Internet could not help but laud their roots. The picture shared by Anand Mahindra received over 14,000 likes and was shared over 550 times on the microblogging site
An Indian girl stationed in the Netherlands shared the snap of her own tiffin and the story behind it. The tweet read, “Love for steel dabbas is forever. No actually as I am growing older. I bought this in the Netherlands a few weeks back, told my mom and she laughed saying, there are many at home.”
Love for steel dabbas is forever. No actually as I am growing older. I bought this in Netherlands few weeks back, told my mom & she laughed saying, there are many at home pic.twitter.com/qB0pm7GwNL— Sudipta Panja (@sudipta_panja12) August 19, 2021
Another person who is probably a big fan of the Dabbawala system in the country commented, “Dabbawala are the pride of India and are an inspiration for many entrepreneurs. They are perfectionists and symbols of 100% accuracy. So why not dabba walli in New York.”
@anandmahindra dabba wala are pride of India and are inspiration for many entrepreneurs. They are perfectionist and symbol of 100% accuracy. So why not dabba walli in New York— Abhijeet Gupta (@abhijeeter) August 19, 2021
Some were simply curious about the food in that tiffin.
Wondering what's inside..... Dal chawal roti..... Or Burger and Sandwiches....— ibrahim (@i_sakarwala) August 19, 2021
Another said, “Steel dabbas… A throwback to childhood memories.”
Steel dabbas..a throw back to childhood memories— Indian (@Rashu11192409) August 20, 2021
This user called the steel dabba an “emotion”.
Wherever we may be. We carry our roots. Especially our packed lunch boxes. It's not just a lunch box, it's an emotion.— skyislimit (@skyislimit10) August 19, 2021
Anand Mahindra is known to share interesting food moments on his Twitter handle. He recently posted a video of a local dosa vendor. Appreciating the cook's swiftness, the businessman tweeted, “This gentleman makes robots look like unproductive slowpokes… I'm tired just watching him…and hungry, of course..”
Well, steel dabbas are here to stay and nothing can ever replace the emotions attached to it. What do you think?