It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
Dabbawalas are uniquely found in Mumbai. While on a recent visit there, I bought this short comic from a street vendor outside Churchgate, with proceeds from the sale of the comic going to support the dabbawala community.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, a dabbawala is someone who performs a very specific delivery service – they collect tiffin lunches of homecooked food from a person’s home, and delivers it to their workplace in time for lunch. After lunch, they reverse the process and collect the empty tiffin carriers and return them to each person’s home. There are around 5,000 professional dabbawalas, mostly illiterate, but highly dedicated to their work, with a claim of a 1 in 16 million error rate of delivery.
The premise of the comic, written in English, is that Avi needs to make a presentation in class about superheroes, and his parents suggest that he talks about real-life superheroes (the dabbawalas!) instead of comic book superheroes.