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Lunchbox – The Film

17 Nov

Dear Peeps Who Read This Blog Entry: Yesterday afternoon we decided to make it a movie night. My husband was perusing the films on at our local favourite cinema and came up with >>Lunchbox<<! Hey, he said, you’ve been writing about lunchboxes in your blog, how about this one? A film about a lunchbox, I thought?! So I looked at the trailer and saw tiffins, dabbawallas and Mumbai featuring and of course we were set to go.

The-Lunchbox-2013_kleinThe film revolves around a dabba delivered astray and the lives involved (so it really does star a lunchbox!). There are three main characters: a government employee Saajan Fernandez (superbly played by Irrfan Khan), a housewife Ila (charmingly played by Nimrat Kaur) and a new government colleague Shaik (convincingly played by  Nawazuddin Siddiqui). This is a delightful, human film that will leave a delicious cookie in your heart.

600x450_kleinWe were a little surprised as we bought the tickets last night to be asked whether we had made a reservation and that there were very few places left. Turns out we went to a preview with guests: director Ritesh Batra, producer Karsten Stöter and leading actress Nimrat Kaur (Ila) came along after the movie for a discussion with the audience! How’s that for a serendipitous evening?

the-lunchbox_szenenbild_03_preview_kleinBatra, who’s also responsible for the script, is debuting with this film and kudos to him for this IndianGermanFrench collaboration. It won the Critic’s Week Viewers Choice at the International Cannes Film Festival in May this year and a couple more awards elsewhere. BTW, the German film site features some recipes for the film food here.



Meal Packaging: Some Pretty Modern Renditions

5 Mar

Today lets look at some more modern renditions of these food carriers. If we want to enable habit changes, whether it be what you carry your lunch to school/study/work in or your take-away concept, then I think we will only be successful if we make things (more) attractive. These make the mark IMHO, starting with the ceramic+teakwood rantang (next two pictures) from Jenggala Keramik company in Bali.

2010_06_29-rantang1_klein 2010_06_29-rantang2_kleinMiss Sinclaire has the tiffin lunch kit coming up next for sale on the artist platform BigCartel. It’s a two-tier ceramic version with a cork lid with a cloth strap & stainless steel fittings.


Melamine + colour = yay! These stacked carriers have been on the markets for some time but they are still delightful. The simple form and the bright colours make them very attractive while being rather durable and dishwasher-safe.


Food carriers like these are ideal for travelling in any form. Below is a stainless steel vacuum insulated food carrier with a food jar bag. The individual bowls have lids while the Thermos version includes chopsticks or folding spoons.


And then there is this beauty: Designer Rob Englert of Ram Industrial Design calls this Dabba (Lunchbox).  It has a felt covering-cum-placemat, a bamboo lid and silicone-based bowls. Roll on lunch & picnics.