Mumbai is a special city in more ways than one. It tests you in multiple ways and it gives back in unbelievable ways too. Only if you have lived in this city will you be able to understand its multilayered nature. the absolute extremes existing in near perfect harmony. There is no place like Mumbai with as many facets. Its a world within worlds. And when you love it , it will love you back like no other city can. One of the most special organisation that represent the spirit of Mumbai in its highest and best is our very own Dabbawalas. It all started 125 years ago by a Parsi gentleman, a banker who wanted to eat home food at this work (the story is on Dabbawalas official site for ref) and it grew to be an example in high standards of efficiency as a business by the visionary Mahadeo Havaji Bachche and the rest is history.
Not highly educated by manmade standards of college and degrees, these bunch of men have created systems of distribution entirely of their own and a standard of operation and business morals that is outstanding . Six Sigma certification without even application and an oxford case study based on them. Amchi Mumbai Dabbawalas and their organisation is a pride of not only Mumbai but India.
Anaida the 90s pop star and now celebrity chef has been a Fan of Dabbawalas ever since their "Share my Dabba" initiative over a decade ago. She has been wanting to do something worthy to honour them for years and finally the opportunity arrived. Along with her partners at SodaBottleOpenerWala and artist Abhijit Kini they have created a comic presenting the Dabbawals as the super heros for all the right reasons that they are.
Done in Old comic A4 size style, The Story in short starts with a kid coming home and asking his dad for help on a project on super heros wondering whom to choose between spider man and superman and his father suggests why not Mumbai Dabbawalas? The father then proceeds to explain to his son why they are super Heros and the comic ends with the kid taking a selfie with his favourite Dabbawala. The comic has two versions in Marathi and English. The printing of the first ten thousand copies has been sponsored by Bhoomi world and the entire sale from the comics will go to Dabbawalas as a token of appreciation from all involved. The open files of the same will be gifted to them so they can continue to print this collectable comic in future. In their Honour we at SBOW also serve our famous Dhansak in a Dabba at our outlets. To us the Mumbai Dabbawalas represent the true spirit of Mumbai at its best.
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.