Dabbawallas, Tiffin Carriers, Mumbai, India
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5,000 dabbawallas of Mumbai carry dabbas - tiffin boxes - containing freshly cooked lunches for workers. Husbands leave early for work. The boxes are collected at home, transported, sorted and delivered in a relay system to the husbands. A highly sophisticated centuries-old coding system, using colours, numbers and signs, was devised by the dabbawallas themselves. Most are illiterate. After lunch the boxes are collected and the whole thing is done in reverse.