Out of 5000 Dabbawalas , about 85% are illiterate and the
remaining 15% are educated up to 8th grade. This way we are not well
qualified to teach anyone or for that matter deliver any lecture. In fact we
need quality education. However by working for past 116 years will full
dedication , time management , no strike gathering experience in logistics
- Mumbai Dabbawalas have created as place of their own. The six sigma , ISO and
many other certificates given to us by external agencies has further
corroborated the high quality of work being done by us. The visit of English
king - Prince Charles and Virgin Atlantis chairman Sir Richards Branson has
given Dabbawalas much media attention and respect in the society. So we do not have any
knowledge but we have experience of 116years. Due to this reason we are invited
for the lecture by reputed organizations in not only Mumbai or India but from
foreign nations too. We are thankful to all for inviting us for the lecture and
giving us so much respect.
Dabbawalas are invited for lecture for following reasons:
To learn the "Management Learning's From Dabbawala" and then
to attempt to apply them in the organization.
To understand the logistics of Dabbawala in delivering
2,000000 ( 2 lakh ) Dabba daily within stipulated time.
To gain insight into the colour coding used by the
Dabbawalas to ensure error free delivery.
To know the organizational hierarchy of Dabbawalas to
understand what keeps Dabbawalas self motivated and get going.
understand as how Dabbawalas got six sigma , ISO certificate and many other
quality certificates even being so not well educated.
To share the management lessons that Dabbawalas have
gained over 116 years.
To motivate employees by showing that if uneducated
Dabbawalas can work so great then why not our employees.
As we have never gone on strike for past 116 years , some
times we are invited to address the employees in sharing the harm of strike.
Some times Dabbawalas are invited to deliver lecture on
annual days and other celebrations of organizations.
The lecture by us is extremely humorous and everyone
enjoys it - its not a lecture rather experience sharing so organizations
just invite us to know as how we work.
As key note speaker.
As after dinner or after lunch events.
At product launches.
We are invited for many many more reasons best known to
the people and organizations who invite us.
Organizations Which Have Invited Dabbawalas For The
Dabbawalas are mostly invited by Management colleges ,
hospitality colleges, educational institutes , private & multinational
organizations and government and semi government companies. The partial list of
the organizations which have invited Dabbawalas is as follows:
IIT Bombay , Delhi , Kharagpur and almost all other IITs.
IIM - Indore , Lucknow and almost all other IIMs.
Many Meetings of Confederation of Indian Industries ( CII).
Stanfort University delegation to India.
University Of Nebraska.
Symbiosys Management School - Pune.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Global Business School- Nagpur.
NM Dalmia College - Mumbai.
National Stock Exchange - Mumbai.
Reserve Bank Of India.
Mahindra & Mahira - Kandivli ( Mumbai ) and Nasik.
Sandoz Pharmaceuticals - Mumbai.
Indian School Of Business (ISB) - Hyderabad.
GE Money Servicing - Hyderabad.
Microsoft - Gurgoan.
Genpact - Hyderabad.
Community of cooked food - Itly.
Accenture - Mumbai.
And many other organizations in Mumbai ,India and
abroad. The list is very long and it is not possible to mention all
Meet our Own Home Grown Dabbawala Lecturers
Mr. Raghunath Dondhiba Medge - Speaks in Hindi & Marathi. Topic covered is "The Magic Of Dabbawala
Mr. Gangaram Laxman Taleker. - Speaks in Hindi & Marathi. Topic covered is "The
Magic Of Dabbawala Unfolded".
Mr. Manish Tripathi -
Chairman , Dabbawala Foundation.
Speaks in Hindi & English. Topic covered is "The Magic Of
Dabbawala Unfolded" and "Management Learning's From Dabbawala".
So if only Mr. Raghunath Dondhiba Medge is invited then he will
take the lecture "The Magic Of Dabbawala Unfolded" in Hindi. If
only Mr. Manish Tripathi is invited then first he will take the lecture "The
Magic Of Dabbawala Unfolded" in Hindi or English and then "The Magic Of
Dabbawala Unfolded" in Hindi or English. If both Mr. Gangaram Laxman Taleker
and Mr. Manish Tripathi are invited then first Mr. Gangaram Laxman Taleker
will take the half of lecture in Hindi then Mr. Manish Tripathi will take
remaining lecturer in Hindi or English and after that Mr. Manish Tripathi
will take "Management Learning's From Dabbawala" in Hindi or
English. All these speakers do not have any formal course in delivering
lecture's and they are not so well educated but they give excellent lecture (
this is the feedback from the organizations where they go).
For local lectures ( In or around Mumbai) , few Dabbawalas may also be
called along with our lecturers as show piece which adds up to the event and
makes the lecture a great and memorable occasion - this was done by few
companies and was a great success.
Sometimes the Dabbawalas are invited for "SURPRISE LECTURE" , wherein the
timing is fixed for some event or lecture but the audiences are not informed as
who will be doing that programme or lecture and Dabbawalas make a surprise entry
and thrill the audiences - everyone just enjoys the event. Once , in a same kind
of programme , first the documentary film on Dabbawalas was shown and then the
Dabbawalas were invited for the lecture , keeping the audiences surprised.
The presentation starts with a optional 5 minute documentary
film which gives introduction of Dabbawalas.
First the presentation is started with "The Magic Of
Dabbawala Unfolded" which deals with the history , internal working ,
coding , logistics , organizational set and all other related issues of
Dabbawala. This presentation explains everything about Dabbawala. All your
questions about Dabbawala is answered. This lecturer takes about 30 minutes
to 2 hour depending upon time given to us. If there are two lecturers then
the time is divided otherwise incase of one lecturer the entire lecture is
taken by one person.
After this a rather well made audio visual documentary film
titled " Dabbawala - Small People Great Work" is shown which taken 23
minutes. This film is in English.
After this if Mr. Manish Tripathi is invited then he takes
the lecture "Management Learning's From Dabbawala" which talks
about the learning's from the 116 year experience of Dabbawalas. This
lecture is on rather serious side and points by points narrates as
what are the majors highlights of the Dabbawala system and how can an
organization benefit by applying them in their organization. This lecture my
taken anything from 20 minutes to 40 minutes.
If the time permits , then another 20 minute documentary
file made by BBC is shown.
After that the question & Answer session is there ( Sawal
Aapke - Javap Dabbawale Ke) where any remaining queries are taken up.
Few audiences are invited on the stage and they give
immediate feedback on lecture and what they have gained from the lecture.
Vote of thanks by Dabbawalas for inviting uneducated
Dabbawalas for the lecture and gifting of Dabba with Gandhi Topi to
||Dabbawala Introduction Documentary film (The
Dabbawala should not be introduced to audience up to this time
nor he should be on the stage or dais)
||Dabbawala is introduced to the audience and
Dabbawala comes on the stage.
||2 - 3 minutes
||Lecture - "Magic Of Dabbawala Unfolded"
||30 - 60 minutes
||Documentary film on Dabbawala explaining our
||Detailed: 24 minutes
Edited: 14 minutes
||Lecture - "Management Learning's From Dabbawala"
||15 - 30 minutes
||This lecture is optional and suitable for management
students and corporate
||Question & answer
||up to audience
||Live and quick feedback on lecture by audience
||5 - 10 minutes
||End Of the lecture
Requirements For The Lecture
Audience with desire to know about Dabbawalas.
PC with CD ROM or USB pen drive .We bring the presentation
and film in both CD and pen drive - and also the hard copies of both
presentations in case PC doesn't work! - This is the Dabbawala way!!!
LCD projector with multimedia.
Multimedia system with speakers and projector for showing the
Cordless mike for speaking for the speaker and one more mike
for speaker to interact with the audience.
Suitable Day & Time Of Lecture
As giving lecture is not our main job and we have to work Monday
to Saturday 8AM - 6PM , the suitable time of the lecture is as follows:
Monday to Friday 6PM onwards.
Any time during Saturday and Sunday.
Any time during holidays.
However with prior discussion it is very much possible to
arrange the lecture on even week days as well - Monday to Friday anytime.
After checking with the appointments the date is confirmed.
For international lectures the request must come as early as
possible (preferred is 3 month advance) however we may consider
lecture request in one month advance as well.
Travel and other arrangements
Requesting the organizers to arrange for the travel.
In case of short distances, road or rail transport may be
However in case of long distances we request to arrange air
travel as we have to get back to Mumbai for work. Normally E-tickets may be
send or else the hard copy of tickets may be send. In the booking our mobile
numbers may be given for communication. We carry our photo identity card
In case the lecture is planned in morning for out of the
station locations, it is better to reach the location the previous night and
Suitable boarding & lodging may be arranged - if required.
All the lecturers have their valid passport so we may even
visit foreign counties as well. In fact we have already visited many
countries for the lecture.
How to Invite Dabbawalas For The Lecture?
Option1 ( Preferred) : Please fill the
Request For Lecture ( MS Word . DOC) or
Request For Lecture ( Acrobat .PDF) form
and email the completed form to
[email protected] . All the fields
in the lecture request form must be filled otherwise there may be
delay in response on no response from our side as we receive large number of
lecture request everyday. After sending the lecture request form by email we
will confirm our participation and then the official lecture request on your
letterhead must be end to the address provided by us.
Option 2: Please send email to
[email protected] with
following details - ( Organization with address , purpose of the lecture
,contact person name , phone and mobile numbers , 2 -3 possible dates ,
language of lecture , time given for the lecture and
any other related information).
Please allow few days for us to confirm as we have to check
the availability of all three lecturers.
The lecturer feedback may be filled and send to us - please
send on your letter head for our record purpose please and send it to the
address provided by us.
If any photo or video is taken during the event , then
the same my be emailed or couriered to us.
In case any article related with the lecture is made ( Word
document , press release or web page ) then the same may be send to us to
update on our website.
Do Dabbawalas Charge Fee For The Lecture?
We are not professional lecturers nor do we have much knowledge to share. We
only share our 116 years experience like a live cricket commentary - whatever we
do we talk about it. So we do not have any right to ask for the fee but as our
earnings are very limited and Dabbawalas do not have any benefits like other
jobs ( post retirement benefits , insurance , medical facility , bonus , not
even a decent salary ,etc) we seek support from the society. So we request all
to kindly support 5000 Dabbawalas and this 116 year old legacy. Whatever support
is given for the lecture , it is in fact help and support to Dabbawalas. The
support may be inform of kind , cash or cheque. 5000 Dabbawalas thank you for
your help. We are very happy to confess that we receive the support in very
large way from the organizations which keeps Dabbawalas going.
We thank all organizations for inviting Dabbawalas for the
lecture and giving us so much respect.
Thanking all of you.
With Real Thanks And Warm Regards,
Picture Gallery Of the Lectures
For all queries related with the lecturer please