All across the world, our urban lives afford a rather predictable lunch time scene for most working adults: the Quick-bucks cafés, Timbuktu Bread Baskets, automobile picnics with drive through fare, zapped mini portions created in designated micro-sized spaces between Conference Room 204 and the broken printer, the lunches hastily assembled on the kitchen island, or a small portion of aroma-free left-overs. Pre-packaged, predictable fare mass produced or independently assembled to serve a purpose. Yet, in our global and monotone lunchtime culture, we also share the longing for a home-cooked, personalized meal which was created especially for us. Not one that someone was required to assemble for you, but one that involved homely care, genuine affection and attention to detail; a lunch that is a delight to receive and pleasure to consume.
In one global city, many still manage to include home-cooked meals as part of their day. Mumbai, India, is a large metro of over 20 million. It is a population that thrives despite its overworked transit networks and horrendous commute times that average from 45 minutes to more than two hours each way, on public transportation. In Mumbai, home-cooked lunches, called ‘Tiffin’ are commonplace. From young children who eagerly await their home cooked ‘Tiffin’ delivered at the hands of a reliable carrier to school, to the office worker at their workplace. Lunch time takes the form of daily teambuilding and social bonding across rank and file. The humble home-cooked meal is a unifier in every lunchroom and playground, a social equalizer of sorts.
How do they do it? This home-cooked tiffin is made possible through an intricate and elaborate network of human carriers called dabba-waala’s or roughly translated as: ‘one with a dabba or tiffin’; a system that has been studied, marveled and honored through media, research and celebrity endorsement. Harvard Business School estimates that this elaborate, intricate and extensive network sans computers, bar code readers or cell phones has an error rate of 1 in 6 million.
To date, the humble ‘Tiffin’ remains a household term and its consumption - an act of intrinsic and social bonding, of networking. It is a reminder of someone’s care and concern. Its quaint charm transcends the barriers of social class while keeping universal traditions alive: retaining a penchant for, and keeping the appreciation of a home-cooked meal.
As part of its soft expansion to the Greater Los Angeles region, Curry Cravings is pleased to bring to you four dinners, aptly titled: Tiffin Culture. These will be held at an undisclosed prominent public venue in the Westwood area-Century City / Brentwood area. Location will be disclosed to registered participants only because spots for each dinner are limited.
July 14, 2012: Undisclosed Public Venue (reservations close July 11, 5.00 p.m., PST)
July 21, 2012: Private Residence | SOLD OUT
July 28, 2012: Undisclosed Public Venue (reservations close July 24, 5.00 p.m., PST)
Aug 04, 2012: Undisclosed Public Venue (reservations close Aug 1, 5.00 p.m., PST)
Purchase spots for these dinners online, learn more about Curry Cravings or get on the list for our future events in Greater LA and Metro Atlanta.